The Falcons have some critical decisions to make regarding their pending free agents. Most importantly, they need to figure out how to retain Austin Hooper. They’ve also reportedly begun negotiations with linebacker De’Vondre Campbell. Neither of those situations appears to be close to coming to an end. However, that is not the case with Vic Beasley — the Falcons 8th overall pick from 2015 (Quinn’s first year as head coach). The team announced today that they will not pursue negotiations with the enigmatic first-round selection in free agency this offseason.
BREAKING NEWS: We will not pursue negotiations with Vic Beasley this offseason. https://t.co/AWbxv1SiGi
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) February 3, 2020
As a part of the report, general manager Thomas Dimitroff had this to say regarding Beasley’s five seasons with the team:
“As we continue to craft our 2020 roster, we’d like to thank Vic for five years of effort on behalf of our organization.”
Beasley burst onto the scene in 2016, his second-year out of Clemson, racking up a league-leading 15.5 sacks, resulting in a first-team All-Pro selection. However, as advanced statistics suggested, it was a bit of a fluke, and his production regressed substantially the following year and every year after that. Beasley did have a fiery ending to his 2019 campaign, but it wasn’t enough for the Falcons to take a chance on him again, considering they have limited funds available to spend on free agents this offseason. Still, those final eight games of this past season made him a bunch of money, as there are plenty of teams that will look at Beasley’s skill set and believe they can mold him into something more than what he was with the Falcons.