Falcons new regime officially puts an end to Arthur Smith experiment

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In a move that doesn’t mean anything to the rest of the NFL and everything to Falcons fans, the new regime will not be bringing back Feleipe Franks.

According to Greg Auman, Atlanta won’t tender his contract, and he will become an unrestricted free agent, officially putting an end to the Arthur Smith experiment.

Franks caught on in Atlanta after going undrafted in 2021 as a Taysom Hill-esque player who contributed as a special teamer, quarterback, and tight end. He was a good athlete, but it was still a questionable decision.

Somehow, the Florida and Arkansas product stuck around for two years, which has to be, in part, because of Arthur Smith’s fondness of Franks or his own stubbornness.

The former Falcons head coach kept him around, regardless of the state of the roster or his potential impact. He offered virtually nothing other than being able to back up multiple positions.

Going into the 2023 campaign, Franks was once again expected to stick around Smith’s team, but a lower body injury effectively ended his season. What’s crazy is this report from Jordan Schultz.

Source says Franks tore a tendon in his foot and will be out about three months. HC Arthur Smith and Atlanta’s offensive staff have high hopes for him.”

Lord, help me. Arthur Smith’s obsession with Feleipe Franks will never not be hilarious. It’s a new era in Atlanta with Raheem Morris leading the Falcons, a team that won’t be giving roster spots to experimental QB-TEs that really have no business taking one.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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