Falcons report: Jake Matthews dark horse candidate to have contract extended to save cap dollars

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Steve Wyche dropped some serious bombs Monday on NFL Network regarding all things Falcons. Centered around creating cap space to become “mid-market” shoppers in free agency, Wyche details how the Falcons plan on creating cap space since they’re roughly $7 million over the 2022 salary cap. There were obvious solutions like extending Grady Jarrett or Matt Ryan, but Wyche also brought up an attractive option that I hadn’t considered — extending Jake Matthews.

Restructuring Matthews would only create $5.69 million but extending him would create over $9 million in savings. With his contract set to expire after the 2023 season, Matthews’ status isn’t as pressing as Ryan’s or Jarrett’s. However, he’s only 29-years-old and is playing good football still. The Falcons may elect to address Matthews’ future before the others because he plays a premier position in this league, and the front office feels comfortable in his production moving forward. With tackles playing into their 40s, it isn’t unreasonable to extend Matthews.

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