This is a really solid free agent class, and luckily the financial outlook is going to be better than expected. The Falcons have already parted ways with Ricardo Allen and Allen Bailey, and more cuts are expected to come. With Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee‘s futures looking cloudy, the Falcons will have to address safety in the draft or free agency. In addition, Kendall Sheffield didn’t provide much in the slot last season. Isaiah Oliver kicking inside is an option, but I think there’s a versatile chess piece in free agency that can kill two birds with one stone.
Chargers are shopping former All-Pro defensive back and punt returner Desmond King II, per @AdamSchefter
King II: Highest-graded slot CB since 2017 – 91.2 pic.twitter.com/fMjLsjY4tM
— PFF (@PFF) November 2, 2020
Statistically speaking, Desmond King II is one of the best slot defenders in the league, and he also took a healthy amount of snaps at safety in 2020. That’s the kind of versatility Peas covets, on top of being two positions of need for the Falcons. PFF also projects he will be available at a modest price this offseason — a three year contract worth $17.5 million total, only $5.83 million per year. That can certainly fit into Atlanta’s budget, and with the secondary as thin as it is, King makes way too much sense to bring in, even if the Falcons have to overpay. Hopefully, old friend Arthur Smith can woo him over to Atlanta because he’s an absolute steal at that price point for what he offers.
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