Business as usual; after losing out on Deshaun Watson, the Falcons are back to signing free agents. Arthur Blank, Arthur Smith, and Terry Fontenot will all have to answer the media’s question regarding their pursuit of someone in Watson’s situation. However, I imagine they won’t voluntarily speak to the media about it and will instead just wait until their planned appearances come draft time.
Atlanta is obviously moving forward in the offseason just as they should. They made one of their more significant moves this spring by re-signing Cordarrelle Patterson Saturday to a two-year, $10.5 million deal.
Per source, two years, $10.5 million for Cordarrelle Patterson going back to the Falcons.
So a raise for him from last season.
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) March 19, 2022
For those of you who are wondering, this is a great number to get Patterson back on. The only reason I was against the Falcons re-signing him was because of the number I figured he’d command on the open market. The Falcons just aren’t in a position to pay a running back on the wrong side of 30 $8 million AAV but on a $5.5 million AAV, sign me up. It’s clear the Falcons weren’t his only option, and he still chose less money to stay in Atlanta.
F the money!!! Atl was were I wanted to be at the end of the day!!!
— cordarrelle patterson (@ceeflashpee84) March 19, 2022
After having one of the biggest breakout performances across the entire league, Patterson gives the Falcons a versatile chess piece for Arthur Smith’s offense. Outside of Kyle Pitts, he was the only consistent weapon. Patterson set career highs in receiving, rushing, and total touchdowns — 618 rushing yards (4.0 YPC), six rushing touchdowns, 548 receiving yards (10.5 YPR) and five receiving touchdowns.
Patterson is vital to Smith’s offense, and the Falcons got him back on a very reasonable deal. He joins a running back room of Mike Davis, Damien Williams, and Caleb Huntley. The Falcons can still cut Davis and receive $2.5 million of cap relief, but it seems Atlanta doesn’t quite want to do that just yet.