The Falcons could be adding to the roster in the coming days. Field Yates reported the team adjusted Deion Jones contract and created $6.8 million in cap space.
A couple of contract restructures for cap space:
-Lions converted $4M of DT Michael Brockers' salary into a bonus for $2M
-Falcons converted $8.5M of LB Deion Jones’ salary into a bonus (with 3 void years added) for $6.8M. Jones get his salary payout sooner as part of the deal
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 13, 2022
Essentially, $6.8 million of Deion Jones 2022 cap hit gets pushed into the future, which creates enough cap space for the Falcons to add a player to the roster. The Falcons certainly need help along the defensive line, which is where I’d guess they’d target.
Let’s revisit the Saints matchup to make more sense of this need. After the Falcons went up two scores, Dean Pees deployed a defensive line comprised of Ade Ogundeji, Matt Dickerson, Anthony Rush, Timmy Horne, and Quinton Bell. Atlanta knew the New Orleans offense would come out firing, trying to get back in the game through the passing game. And the Falcons sent out a run-stuffing defensive end and two nose tackles. Four plays later, the Saints score.
The lack of depth along the defensive front is apparent, and this move to create cap space could be a precursor to signing a free agent defensive lineman. There is a second possibility, though. This move makes Debo a bit more attractive for perspective teams looking for a linebacker. If he’s traded, the dead money hit is about $11 million in each of 2022 and 2023.
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