The Atlanta Falcons are not in the best situation when it comes to cap space, thus they will not be involved in very many big-name free agent signings.
This also means they have to use their money wisely and cannot afford to keep every player bound for free agency, and that should include a certain player who led the NFL in total tackles last season.
The Falcons SHOULD NOT sign Foye Oluokun to a long-term deal
Foye Oluokun led the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL in total tackles last year, at first glance that would tell the average fan that he was one of the best linebackers in the NFL.
While he did make some huge plays for the defense, he was also partially to blame for the major struggles the defense had during the entirety of last season.
Pro Football Focus analyzes every player and every play throughout the course of an NFL season, they then give each player a grade depending on how they performed. It is a great tool to use if you want to see the deeper story beyond the stats.
Oluokun’s grade was very poor as he garnered a 46.5 overall grade.
That grade tells a larger story than his league-leading tackles, as it shows how he played in each aspect of the game. Sure, the stats show Foye was always around the ball, but it could also mean he is giving up completions, and in turn, was right there to make the tackle.
Not to mention, the Falcons have had good luck when drafting linebackers. The history shows that they could find a replacement for Foye through the draft. They have been able to draft guys like Deion Jones, De’Vondre Campbell, Foye Oluokun, and Mykal Walker, while only striking out on Duke Riley.
Sure, it was a previous regime, but nonetheless, this front office can find a much cheaper option through the draft.