Atlanta Falcons five biggest active cap hits in 2022
4. Deion Jones sits as Atlanta’s fourth-biggest cap hit at $20-million and could be asked to restructure his deal
Deion Jones is one of the few options the Atlanta Falcons have at creating a bit more cap flexibility by restructuring the linebackers’ deal. Moving on from Jones shouldn’t be an option despite the recent struggles he remains one of the best defenders on Atlanta’s roster.
At this point in their rebuild, Atlanta cannot afford to part ways with Jones. They need to focus on the incoming draft class and bargain bin-free agents to attempt to fix the defense.
There isn’t a clear answer behind Jones if Atlanta were to consider moving on Mykal Walker has had flashes but isn’t ready to take on the role that Jones fills.
Deion Jones deal is robust when you consider the issues that the Atlanta defense is facing but giving him at least another year in the new defensive scheme is imperative. He is a football magnet that tracks down the ball carrier on seemingly every play. If Atlanta can manage to add pass rushers this off-season it will be interesting to see what level Jones is still capable of playing at.
For now, Deion is a player Atlanta should restructure and evaluate for another season before deciding what his future with the Falcons will be.