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3 Falcons Veterans That Could Be Cut to Free Up Cap Space This Offseason

Larry Rupp
Three Atlanta Falcons veterans that could be cut to free up cap space this offseason.
Three Atlanta Falcons veterans that could be cut to free up cap space this offseason. / Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons have not reached the postseason since 2017 and need to upgrade a few positions before they will be capable of winning the NFC South division. The only problem is that the team is projected to be $6.6 million over the salary cap limit, which kills any hopes of signing free agents.

Atlanta isn't dead in the water, though. The Falcons can start making some progress by cutting players loose that they feel are replaceable in one way or another. With that in mind, here's a look at three veterans on the roster that could be cut to free up cap space this offseason.

Falcons Cap Casualties

1. Mike Davis, RB

This one has more to do with Cordarrelle Patterson than anything else. Patterson is coming off a breakout season with Atlanta in which he posted 1,116 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns. He is set to enter free agency, but has been adamant about his love for the Falcons. Re-signing him to a massive deal means the team would no longer have a need to roster veteran Mike Davis. Davis was great as picking up blitzing defenders this past season, but his lack of explosiveness leaves him with little upside moving forward. The 29-year-old averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in 2021. Atlanta would save nearly $2.5 million by cutting ties with Davis.

2. Tyeler Davison, DT

There's not much that can be said to justify the $5 million cap hit the Falcons would take on by keeping Tyeler Davison on the roster in 2022. The seventh-year pro played in just 43% of the defensive snaps this past season and struggled to carve out a role in defensive coordinator Dean Pees' 3-4 scheme. Meanwhile, Marlon Davidson and Grady Jarrett shined in the trenches. That means Davison would likely start the season as a backup and an overpaid one at that. Cutting the 29-year-old would free up $3.8 million in cap space, which is simply too hard to pass up for the front office.

3. Kendall Sheffield, CB

Cornerback Kendall Sheffield played in over 60% of the defensive snaps in both 2019 and 2020, but saw that percentage fall to just 9% in 2021. He appeared in only nine games for the Falcons and was merely a special teams contributor. Atlanta has long owned one of the worst pass defense units in the NFL (No. 29 in DVOA rating) and would benefit from giving younger players on the team an opportunity to prove themselves. Letting Sheffield go would save the team $2.5 million in cap space and provide some much needed wiggle room in free agent negotiations.

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