ESPN’s ‘must sign’ free agent for the Falcons

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For two reasons, the Falcons will be big players in free agency this offseason. The club boasts the second most cap space in the league, and there isn’t a single position group on the roster that doesn’t need either starting-caliber talent or depth pieces.

One of those is wide receiver, which ESPN’s Aaron Schatz has Jakobi Meyers filling as the one free agent the Falcons ‘must sign’ this offseason. He’s the top receiver on the market, and Schatz believes it’s a great fit.

Last season, Meyers put up 10.2% receiving DVOA, 25th out of 85 qualifying wide receivers. That’s pretty remarkable given the total dysfunction of the Patriots’ offense. ESPN Analytics’ new receiving ratingsbased on game charting put him 28th among wideouts last season and 23rd the year before. Meyers is a natural No. 2 receiver, the perfect shorter-route complement while London and Pitts stretch the field.

The receiver market is crazy. Players like Christian Kirk were getting unbelievable contracts last year, and it seems Meyers is in line for a lucrative deal despite never eclipsing 1,000 yards. He finished with a career-best 866 yards in 2021.

Spotrac projects the slight wideout to garner a four-year, $50 million contract worth about $12.5 million per year. That’s a pretty palatable number for today’s market, but I’ve got my eye on another pass catcher for the Falcons.

Corey Davis isn’t a free agent, but it’s been confirmed by The Athletic’s Zack Rosenblatt that the Jets  “are operating under the assumption that he will be a cap casualty.” Davis is the perfect acquisition.

The Falcons would still need to add some speed to the position, but Davis is an attractive target.

First, he shouldn’t break the bank. Secondly, there’s familiarity.

Corey Davis’ best season came in 2020 with the Titans, when Arthur Smith was the offensive coordinator in Tennessee. Davis hauled in 65 passes for nearly 1,000 yards and five scores that year. The Falcons make perfect sense as a landing spot when the Jets inevitably part ways with him.

Regardless of who it is, the Falcons must add to the position.

Photographer: Mingo Nesmith/Icon Sportswire
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