Atlanta Falcons: 5 reasons they just got a whole lot better
3) The Falcons didn’t break the bank and still signed great players
It wouldn’t be NFL free agency if there aren’t a few sucker teams out there and luckily the Atlanta Falcons were not one of them on day 1. The Falcons are somewhere close to being $12 million under the current salary cap after signing four players which is terrific news heading into day 2.
Atlanta is also set to get back $5.2 million on June 1 therefore they should have plenty of money to go out and sign at least two more players if they choose to do so on day 2. Players such as inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman and Mahamed Sanu could be the two players signed but they could also sign safety Reggie Nelson as well.
Sure, the Falcons missed out on Danny Trevathan and Bruce Irvin, but was the money really worth what they would be getting out of them? Probably not. Signing a guy like Freeman for a reasonable price makes much more sense.
With that being said, the Falcons have reportedly offered Sanu $7 million a year which seems to be well above what he deserves. However, with pretty much every other receiver off the boards, overpaying for Sanu may be their only option unless they want to use a second-round pick on a rookie to take over full duty as the Falcons’ No. 2 receiver.
We will see if their money-saving on day 1 helps them land good players on day 2 as well.