After the Saints signed their entire 2021 draft class, the Falcons are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t signed a draft pick from this year’s class of rookies.
With the Saints signing their entire 2021 draft class the Falcons are now the only team to not sign a draft pick. pic.twitter.com/y2L0xEDsks
— Cap Space=$15,044,051 (@patscap) June 9, 2021
The Julio Jones trade has been recently attributed as the only possible way Terry Fontenot could create enough cap space to sign the 2021 draft class, and that’s false. IF Jones and the Falcons wanted to work things out, Fontenot could’ve restructured his deal to generate the cap space needed to sign the rookies. Fontenot also could’ve restructured or extended Grady Jarrett to effectively do the same thing.
A trend among teams dealing with the loss of revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic is void years, which essentially spreads out players’ cap hits. Atlanta could’ve done this as well. There are a million ways the Falcons could’ve created the cap room needed to sign their rookie class, but there are consequences that can negatively affect the team in the future when general managers start to play with the money.
Now that Julio Jones is officially a member of the Titans, the Falcons should be on the fringe of announcing deals with their 2021 rookies.