It’s no secret the Falcons have a substantial hole at linebacker with De’Vondre Campbell’s exit seeming inevitable, Vic Beasley gone and only one potential replacement available in Foyesade Oluokon. Robert Quinn just signed a massive deal – which eliminated one potential edge rusher for the Falcons. Dante Fowler & Jadeveon Clowney are names that are still floating around. However, I think a perfect balance of ability and price point may have just hit the market.
With Robert Quinn going to Chicago, the team has parted ways with OLB Leonard Floyd. The UGA product will no doubt be well received by Falcons fans, but is he a fit?
Floyd has underperformed since being taken 9th overall in the 2016 Draft, only accruing 18.5 sacks since he came into the league and only notching 3 in 2019. He’s only forced 1 fumble in his career to go along with 1 INT. He had 12 QB hits last season (the same as Vic Beasley, 1 less than Takk McKinley) so he’s around average when it comes to getting to the Quarterback.
Floyd was slated to make about $13.2 million this season but was cut for $0 in guarantees. He’s no doubt a little miffed about missing on a payday, but would he be willing to take a discount to come home? I think if Floyd would take about half of that for 2 or 3 years laced with incentives, he’s a perfect high risk, high reward pickup for Atlanta. The production hasn’t been there, but he’s only played for one team in his career. Maybe he could find a spark with his hometown Falcons and give them that premium edge rusher we’ve been missing for so long. I think Floyd – at the right price – is well worth the gamble.