The Falcons Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Saints

Larry Rupp
The Atlanta Falcons should steal wide receiver Deonte Harris away from the New Orleans Saints.
The Atlanta Falcons should steal wide receiver Deonte Harris away from the New Orleans Saints. / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

It has already been an eventful offseason for the Atlanta Falcons just one month in. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended for the entire 2022 season and the team has to make a decision on Cordarrelle Patterson's future. The front office has a lot of work to do before Week 1.

The Falcons would benefit from bringing in some free agents, but currently only have $4 million in available cap space. Assuming it is able to free up some cash from restructures and cuts, Atlanta should steal wide receiver Deonte Harris away from the divisional rival New Orleans Saints.

Falcons Free Agency

The Falcons obviously have a massive need for pass-catchers. Russell Gage was the only WR to post over 406 yards last season as tight end Kyle Pitts dominated the passing attack. Atlanta also averaged only 10.6 yards per reception as a team, which was the 10th-lowest mark in the league.

Harris first made a name for himself back in 2019 when he was earned an All-Pro nod as a kick/punt returner. The 24-year-old then upped his game this past season by posting a career-high 570 yards and 3 touchdowns on 36 receptions. Harris showed off his speed by averaging 15.8 yards per catch.

The former undrafted free agent is in line for his first solid payday given his ability to make an impact both through the air and on special teams. That should interest head coach Arthur Smith quite a bit, especially since Harris remains an affordable option at a market value of $9.8 million (Spotrac).

The NFC South division is wide open heading into the fall and Harris could be the missing piece to the puzzle for Atlanta. The Falcons have odds set at +7000 to win it all in 2022, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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