Gregg Rosenthal from NFL.com recently wrote an article on some likely NFC cuts, some potential surprise cuts, and some guys who could be in trouble.
He mentioned the obvious candidate to be cut, Devonta Freeman, and that should come as no surprise, especially after Arthur Blank’s recent comments.
Rosenthal also talked Keanu Neal as a potential surprise cut, but our own Chase Irle debunked why that is not a realistic possibility.
However, we did get speculation on a couple of new names that could have new homes for 2020 due to the cap crunch. Rosenthal believes both DL Allen Bailey and OL Ty Sambrailo are in trouble heading into this offseason.
Bailey, a longtime Kansas City Chief, was signed last July to a two-year deal. Sambrailo was acquired by the Falcons in a trade with Denver back in 2017 and extended this time a year ago. He served as a backup tackle in 2019.
As far as the cap is concerned, these deals are no-brainers for the Falcons. Cutting Bailey will open around $4.5 million in space, and parting ways with Sambrailo will save around $3.7 million. So combined, moving on from these two should create over $8 million in cap room. Assuming they release Freeman as well and given the restructures that have already been made, the Falcons should have a little wiggle room to bolster the roster heading into next season.