1. It is time for Atlanta to give Deion Jones a fresh start
A lot of fans were seemingly on the fence about what Atlanta should do with Deion Jones before the Matt Ryan trade happened. Now that it is clear what direction Atlanta is heading and Ryan is gone it is time to part ways with Jones.
Deion regressed last season and failed to make the impact that the team thought he would have. Whatever the reasoning behind it Jones wasn’t the same player and is set to be one of Atlanta’s three highest-paid players this season.
If Atlanta were to trade Deion with a post-June 1st designation it would save the team nearly $15-million against the cap. Jones would still account for right around $5-million against Atlanta’s cap but that number is easy enough to swallow when you consider the massive dead cap hits Atlanta is dealing with already.
Now is the time for Atlanta to completely move on from what players remain from their 2016 playoff run. With the exception of Jake Matthews Atlanta is going to be better served to start fresh and attempt to bring in players on rookie and veteran deals and focus on a full and complete rebuild Atlanta has been due for nearly three years.