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3 Low-Cost Free Agents the Falcons Should Target After Restructuring Deion Jones' Contract

Max Staley
Three low-cost free agents the Atlanta Falcons should target in free agency following Deion Jones' contract restructure.
Three low-cost free agents the Atlanta Falcons should target in free agency following Deion Jones' contract restructure. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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Atlanta Falcons' new general manager Terry Fontenot has had a relatively quiet start to his tenure with the organization. Aside from adding running back Mike Davis, the team hasn't really made any notable additions. And long-tenured Falcons like Keanu Neal and Alex Mack have found new homes elsewhere in free agency.

Part of the reason for all of that is Atlanta's limited financial flexibility. But thankfully, the team gave itself a bit of breathing room on Sunday by restructuring Deion Jones' contract. The move will create about $4 million in cap space.

With that in mind, here are three low-cost free agents the Falcons should look to target with that new cap space.

Deion Jones Contract

3. Malik Hooker, Safety, Indianapolis Colts

Malik Hooker would likely be looking at a pretty nice payday had he not dealt with a litany of injuries throughout his professional career. Adding a talented, young safety with injury issues may not be comforting after what Falcons fans just went through with Neal, but Hooker can really help this team. Atlanta also lost Damontae Kazee this offseason, leaving Atlanta pretty barren at safety. Hooker could be a great fit on a one-year, "prove-it" deal, especially if the injuries force him to take a significant discount.

2. Austin Reiter, C, Kansas City Chiefs

The Falcons will also need to replace Mack this offseason, and Austin Reiter is probably the best option available. A former seventh-round pick, Reiter is unlikely to command that much on the open market, but he's been pretty serviceable for KC. If he decides to walk, few teams would be able to offer him the role that Atlanta would.

1. Aldon Smith, EDGE, Dallas Cowboys

Aldon Smith looked like he was Hall-of-Fame bound at the beginning of his career. But some off-field issues prevented that from becoming a reality. Still, he made quite the comeback last year. Playing his first NFL snaps since the 2015 season, Smith recorded 5.0 sacks through 16 games as a rotational pass-rusher for the Dallas Cowboys. His past means he's unlikely to command the deal that his talent would usually warrant. That could make Smith an absolute steal for the pressure-needy Falcons, who generated sacks at a bottom-eight rate in 2020. In fact, Smith's 5.0 sacks (in a relatively limited role) would've been a team-high for Atlanta last season.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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