Atlanta Falcons fans have been told for years that Thomas Dimitroff’s biggest asset is his ability to maneuver around the salary cap and make squares fit into circular holes.
However, the Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach reminded Falcons fans that Dimitroff isn’t even great with the salary cap.
Just two weeks ago, the Chiefs had $177 in salary cap room, probably equivalent to what most of us have in our checking accounts at the moment. Instead of crying about no cap room and sweating about the thought of losing Chris Jones or having Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes unhappy on his rookie deal, they turned that $177 into more than a half a billion in guaranteed contracts.
The 2020 offseason was by far Thomas Dimitroff’s best one as the Atlanta Falcons general manager. He addressed needs with both veteran free agents as well as very good draft picks that should solidify the roster for the upcoming season.
While this offseason was his best, he still managed to make head-scratching moves like signing Laquon Treadwell, who more than likely won’t make the team. The $750,000 in cap space that he is eating up could have gone toward signing another veteran defenders like Everson Griffen, Trumaine Johnson, or Clay Matthews.
Sure, they are all older and a step slower than previous years, but the leadership and experience they bring with them is something that the young Falcons defense could use in 2020.
Outside the box thinking and creativity is something that has plagued this franchise for years and the game seems to be passing the front office by. While a change in leadership is not the right move currently, there has to be some worry that the Falcons will get left behind as teams become more creative on and off the field.