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3 Free Agents the Falcons Can Sign With Limited Cap Space

Jason Schandl
Low-cost free agent targets for the Falcons, including Lamar Miller.
Low-cost free agent targets for the Falcons, including Lamar Miller. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
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The Atlanta Falcons finished second in the NFC South at 7-9 in 2019. With Tom Brady possibly joining the division, they're going to need to make some serious improvements to stay in the playoff hunt in 2020.

They face some limitations on that front, however, ranking only 27th in the NFL in salary cap space, with less than $10 million available.

With that in mind, here are three low-cost free agents the Falcons should target.

3. Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith in coverage against the Titans.
Jimmy Smith in coverage against the Titans. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

With Desmond Trufant gone, the Falcons need some help at corner. A top option like Chris Harris Jr. will be way out of their price range, but Jimmy Smith may come at a discount after injuries have held him to 12 games or fewer in each of his last four seasons. Those health issues make him a gamble, but the upside if he stays healthy is tough to ignore. He's allowed just 6.8 and 6.6 yards per target when thrown at over the last two seasons. For context, 6.8 yards per attempt ranked 24th among 32 qualifying quarterbacks in 2019, while 6.6 was tied for 27th.

2. Lamar Miller

Lamar Miller on the sideline during a game against the Jets.
Lamar Miller on the sideline during a game against the Jets. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

With Devonta Freeman released, the Falcons also have a new need at running back. They may address the position in the draft, but bringing in a veteran presence to give them some depth would be wise. Lamar Miller comes with the same injury caveat (and likely discount) as Smith, having missed the entire 2019 season. When he's healthy he is a proven workhorse, however, and he tallied at least 1,100 yards from scrimmage every season from 2014 to 2018.

1. Cameron Wake

Cameron Wake before a 2019 game against the Chiefs.
Cameron Wake before a 2019 game against the Chiefs. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

At 38 years old, Cameron Wake is only really an option if the Atlanta Falcons think they'll be making a playoff push in 2020. But he can certainly bring some value in that situation, and the Falcons need some help at edge rusher after losing Vic Beasley. His age and down year in 2019 should keep his cost low, but he still has plenty to offer if he can stay healthy. He recorded 11 QB hits in just nine games last year, had 6.0 sacks in 2018 and had double-digit sacks in each of the previous two years. Pro Football Focus also still gave Wake a strong pass rush grade of 77.8 in 2019.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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