The Falcons have some really tough decisions to make this offseason, and the franchise is at a crossroads. They can either trade away Matt Ryan and other key pieces or try to compete as his career winds down. I’m in favor of the former, but regardless, the Falcons are likely going to have to make a few cuts to save some money. If you want to read about how much cap space they have projected, you can find that here. I’m not advocating for any of these cuts, but let’s look at some offensive players who could be on the roster bubble. All figures are via Over the Cap. Defense is up next week.
RB Mike Davis
I don’t think Mike Davis has had a bad season in Atlanta; he’s typically being hit before he has a chance to establish himself as a runner. I think he is on a pretty reasonable deal, but with Cordarrelle Patterson likely needing a new contract, perhaps the Falcons cut ties to save a little money and look to draft a running back for the first time under this new regime. Qadree Ollison is another less expensive option the Falcons may turn to.
Dead Cap (Before June 1st): $750k
Savings (Before June 1st): $2.5 million
Dead Cap (After June 1st): $750k
Savings (After June 1st): $2.5 million
FB Keith Smith
Yep, these are the only two guys on the offensive side of the ball that I see as cut candidates — and one is a fullback. Keep in mind, the Falcons only have 29 rostered players going into 2022, and a lot of them are key contributors with big contracts. Smith is a solid fullback, but he’s making a decent chunk of change. If the Falcons decide to go with a less expensive option, he could absolutely be a guy who is let go.
Dead Cap (Before June 1st): $366,668
Savings (Before June 1st): $1.3 million
Dead Cap (After June 1st): $366,668
Savings (After June 1st): $1.3 million