Are the Atlanta Falcons done making moves in free agency?

Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Atlanta Falcons have been relatively quiet in free agency this off-season and have limited cap space left. With the draft less than three weeks away there is reason to wonder if the Falcons are done signing players in free agency?

Aside from their own players, Atlanta brought back the only high-impact signings have been Marcus Mariota, Casey Hayward, and Lorenzo Carter. The team managed to bring back Cordarrelle Patterson and star kicker Younghoe Koo as well.

Aside from these moves, the team has made a lot of one-year depth signings focusing on the 2023 season. They are simply adding veteran depth pieces to help them make it through the 2022 season when they will have a great draft pick and plenty of cap space.

Unless an unforeseen injury or bargain deal presents itself the Atlanta Falcons are done in free agency. With less than $5-million in cap space left and a draft class to pay Atlanta cannot afford to make a move in free agency.

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones remain on Atlanta’s cap severely limiting what the team is able to do this off-season. Any future moves in free agency will be one-year deals to provide depth the team doesn’t have the ability to chase any of the remaining top free agents.

This could change if the team decides to part ways with Deion Jones or Grady Jarrett. Two players who are part of the old core and both veterans with potential trade value. Trading either player would open up enough cap for Atlanta to make another noteworthy move. If both players remain on the roster, however, Atlanta is out of cap space and will have to find impactful additions in the draft. This team is already focused on the draft and setting up for the 2023 off-season. They know what the rest of the league does, this is a lost season. Unless it is a bargain or a single year deal there is no reason for the Atlanta Falcons to make another splashy move in free agency.

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