Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley reunion something to consider
The Atlanta Falcons have made it clear that they’re looking to win this season with the restructuring of Matt Ryan’s contract.
The problem? They don’t have much money to spend.
Even with Ryan’s contract restructured and enough room to make a few moves under the cap, the Falcons aren’t going to be able to afford to bring in any top-tier free-agents and will be looking at the mid-tier and even lower-tier options for what they could afford.
We all know that the Falcons need an edge-rusher and there is a name that comes to mind when we begin thinking about those defensive ends who are still available.
Should the Atlanta Falcons consider a reunion with Vic Beasley?
Most Atlanta Falcons fans don’t have the bad taste out of their mouths yet from the last Vic Beasley run.
After taking Beasley with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, many Falcons fans were hoping they had just found the edge-rusher that would help solidify their defense as one of the best in the league. Only, he was only that player for one season.
In his second year in the league, Beasley earned All-Pro honors with 15.5 sacks. He was never able to reach that number- or anywhere close to it- again.
The Falcons decided they would not pursue Beasley once his contract ran out last offseason and he just had the worst season of his career this past fall where he played for two teams- the Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders- in a total of 10 games altogether and amassed a grand total of zero sacks.
So, why should the Atlanta Falcons even consider a reunion with Beasley who seems to be on a downtrend in his career?
Well, it should be pointed out that he’s only 28 years of age and that’s still relatively young for a defensive end. In addition, the Falcons could get him for cheap and he would be working under a new system with Dean Pees at the helm. Could that help him achieve some semblance of consistency?
We’ve all seen the potential that Beasley possesses as a pass-rusher and if he reached that ceiling- or anything consistently close to it- this Falcons front-seven could prove to be one of the best in the league.
For this team to make a run this season, they’re going to have to take a chance on a few ‘castaways.’ Maybe Beasley isn’t that guy, but it’s at least worth a consideration.