3 Falcons Who Won't Be on the Roster Next Season

Devon Platana
Three Atlanta Falcons players who won't be on the roster for the 2023 NFL season.
Three Atlanta Falcons players who won't be on the roster for the 2023 NFL season. / (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

The Atlanta Falcons' 2022 campaign comes to a close with a Week 18 date with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Win or lose, the outcome doesn't matter as the Falcons' 6-10 record heading into this matchup guarantees their fifth consecutive losing season, as well as the eighth time since 2013 that they'll miss the playoffs.

General manager Terry Fontenot has some major work due to do this offseason, especially when it comes to deciding which players will return in 2023. While the Falcons have several solid pieces, consistent losing should mean that the majority of the roster isn't safe.

Here are three Falcons players who likely won't be returning for the 2023 NFL season.

Falcons Offseason Rumors

1. Marcus Mariota, QB

The Falcons signed Marcus Mariota to a two-year, $18.75 million contract last offseason to act as a stopgap before Desmond Ridder was ready to take over under center. Unfortunately, Mariota's play was average at best most weeks and it didn't take long before a rift was created between himself and the rest of the team. While Mariota and the Falcons could smooth things out, don't count on it. All signs point to him playing elsewhere next season, which would be beneficial to Atlanta. After all, the Falcons will save a whopping $12 million in cap space by buying him out this season, which can be used to flesh out the roster and even bring in another QB if they have concerns about Ridder's readiness.

2. Anthony Firkser, TE

The Falcons hoped that Anthony Firkser could be a reliable pass-catcher in the offsense, but the full-back-turned-tight-end couldn't produce any results. Suiting up in 10 games (one start) thus far, Firkser has recorded just eight receptions for 89 receiving yards, which were both career-lows. Now that he's about to hit free agency, there's little incentive for the Falcons to bring him back. They already have Kyle Pitts as their No. 1 TE, as well as 2022 sixth-round pick John FitzPatrick under contract through 2025. Considering how the Falcons can also bring back MyCole Pruitt to fill in as a backup, Firkser's time in Atlanta could be coming to an end.

3. Kaleb McGary, T

Though Kaleb McGary has always been solid, he took a massive leap forward in the 2022 campaign. The former 2019 first-rounder has only taken four penalties while allowing five sacks over 983 snaps, earning him an 86.1 overall grade on Pro Football Focus. McGary is slated to become a free agent this offseason and there's no doubt that teams will be lining up for his services. While the Falcons could shell out the cash to him back, he could have his eyes set on playing for a team that's closer to being a playoff threat. Unless his heart is in Atlanta, McGary could be on another offensive line in 2023.

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