3 Falcons Veterans Who Could Be Cap Casualty Cuts This Offseason
By Max Staley
The Atlanta Falcons are undeniably talented, but the prevailing feeling around the league is that this team has underachieved in recent years. Unfortunately, they don't have much room to get better, as they're in the second-worst cap space situation in the league.
That could mean some big-name veterans are cut this offseason, as the cap-strapped team could be forced into some tough decisions. Here are three players who might be on the chopping block.
1. Devonta Freeman, Running Back
Perhaps a trade is the likelier outcome for Devonta Freeman, but it could be tough to find a suitor willing to stomach his contract. The running back still has about three years and $27 million remaining on his deal, and he did not have a successful return from injury in 2019. There have been some rumblings about Atlanta potentially moving on, and if a trade doesn't materialize, the team could elect to release Freeman.
2. Allen Bailey, Defensive Line
Allen Bailey spent last season in Atlanta after an eight-year stint in Kansas City. He played in 15 games, making five starts, and he racked up only 26 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks. If released, the Falcons would only incur a penalty of $1.5 million in dead cap, and that could clear up some much-needed space.
3. Ty Sambrailo, Offensive Line
Ty Sambrailo was a below-average starter for the team last season. He still has two years and just under $11 million remaining on his deal, and only about $3 million in dead cap over the next two seasons if released. Given that offensive line has been a problem in recent years, and that Sambrailo hasn't exactly been a part of the solution, his time in Atlanta could be coming to a close.
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