Do not expect any Atlanta Falcons transactions until June 1st
Atlanta Falcons just hosted their rookie minicamp and fans should be excited about seeing Kaleb McGary and Chris Lindstrom on the right side of the offensive line. In the 2019 NFL Draft the Falcons locked up the right side of the offensive line for the next five years.
Selecting an offensive tackle was an important move for the Atlanta Falcons to make during the off-season after moving on from Ryan Schraeder. Schraeder is the team’s designated June 1st cut and will save $6.45 Million in cap space. Until his contract is off of the Atlanta Falcons payroll we will not see another transaction.
The Atlanta Falcons still have important moves to make before training camp and the preseason starts. The only rookie the Falcons have not signed yet is G Chris Lindstrom. This is the yearly reminder not to freak out because the Falcons usually delay the signing of their first pick.
In addition to signing Lindstrom, the Atlanta Falcons have to give extensions to Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett. For the Falcons, it is crucial to have all three with contracts before training camp.
The Atlanta Falcons need to avoid any drama with Julio Jones and give him an extension. Last year fans and the media were freaking out about his contract so hopefully that story will not be repeated this year; neither the team nor Julio seemed worried.
Julio is under contract for this season and in 2020. Giving Julio an extension now will help the Falcons in cap space and give them flexibility.
Another important extension the Atlanta Falcons have to give is DT Grady Jarrett. The team put the franchise tag on Grady Jarrett as the Falcons and Grady could not reach an agreement before the franchise tag deadline. Since the Falcons franchise tagged Grady, the negotiations for his contract have been delayed.
The Atlanta Falcons will give Julio and Grady big contacts when they sign both to extensions. Once the Falcons receive more cap space from Schreader’s contract on June 1st, they will be able to give Julio and Grady extensions.