Atlanta Falcons could suffer even more after Vic Beasley fails to report.
Tuesday afternoon, former Atlanta Falcons first-round pick Vic Beasley was designated by the Tennessee Titans to the reserved-did not report list and that could cost the Falcons a draft pick in 2021.
Beasley made more than $27 million during his five years in Atlanta. After the Falcons decided to move on after the 2019 season, he signed a one-year $9.5 fully guaranteed deal with the Titans as both sides were hoping that a fresh start was exactly what the 2016 NFL sack champion needed.
However, his 2020 season in Nashville is now up in the air.
If his 2020 contract with the Titans is disqualified because of his reserved-did not report designation, Beasley would cost the Atlanta Falcons a 2021 fifth-round pick compensatory pick. If you are unfamiliar with how compensatory picks work, this will help –
"Compensatory picks are the result of an NFL formula that grants teams extra selections in the following year’s draft if they lose more value in free agency than they bring in. 32 of them are awarded each year, and teams can receive no more than four. The value of the picks – which occur after the third through seventh rounds – are roughly based on the annual salary of the new contract signed by the departing free agent."
Because Beasley’s $9.5 million guaranteed contract would be wiped out, the Falcons would no longer be on the losing end in terms of the value of the free agents they lost/signed during the 2020 offseason.
While losing a fifth-round doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, in recent years they have drafted Grady Jarrett, Qadree Ollison, Ricardo Allen, Damontae Kazee, and Brian Hill in the fifth round. While Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has been horrid in the first three rounds of the NFL draft during his tenure, he has been phenomenal in the back half of the draft over the last decade.
Draft picks aside, one would think the Vic Beasley would want to shed his “bust” label and he can’t do that by not playing in 2020.