While the assumption was that Tyeler Davison was going to be released by the Falcons, it looks like Terry Fontenot has come to an agreement with a former player on a reduced salary for 2021.
Per NFL league source… Falcons save 2 million in cap room.
Davison down was due 3.45M this year and Falcons cut him down by 2M to 1.45M and guaranteed 500k of it.
Davison’s 3rd year remains intact https://t.co/mFrlq0wKHp
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) March 16, 2021
I think this is the best-case scenario for both sides. The Falcons still need depth on their defensive front and enough bodies overall to fill out the roster, and Davison may not find another suitor in a deep free-agent class. While he will still be under contract for 2022, if the figures remain the same, Davison can be cut for only $1.2 million in dead money while saving the organization $3.8 million. But if his dead cap hit matches the report, and he can be cut for only $500k guaranteed, the Falcons will likely move on from him next offseason unless he plays very well in Dean Pees’ defense.
This is a win-win for both sides, and attention will now turn to Dante Fowler Jr, as he could be next in line to take a reduced salary going into 2021. Hopefully, this flurry of cap space creation after Matt Ryan was restructured will give Atlanta some incentive to spend when the new league year opens tomorrow at 4 PM.