The Atlanta Falcons added one of the final pieces the roster was missing signing former Tampa Bay punter Bradley Pinion in free agency. Tampa Bay drafted punter Jake Camarda moving on from Pinion who had kicked for Tampa Bay for three seasons including their Super Bowl-winning 2020 campaign.
For Atlanta, it is a solid move at a position they struggled to solidify last season. Younghoe Koo, Thomas Morstead, Dustin Colquitt, and Cameron Nizialek all spent time punting for the Atlanta Falcons last season. The team struggled before finding a bit of stability adding veteran Thomas Morstead to the position.
Morstead signed with the Miami Dolphins during the off-season leaving Atlanta searching for a new option at punter. Pinion has averaged 43.7-yards per punt throughout his career. He is still only twenty-eight years old allowing Atlanta to possibly find a long-term answer at a position they will likely be utilizing frequently in the 2022 season.
Pinion spent his first four seasons with the 49ers before joining Tampa for the next three years of his career. He has handled kick-offs throughout his career as well allowing Koo to completely focus on field goals and giving the Falcons an emergency kicker who did some limited kicking for Clemson in his final season.
For the Falcons this is likely one of their final moves in free agency despite the team having well over$10-million in open cap space. It seems likely the team will keep that space open allowing them to utilize it during the season if needed.
The only other positions Atlanta could add is a veteran to the receiver room or along the offensive line. The rest of the roster appears to be filled out and ready for competition at nearly every position.
Signing Bradley was a great move for a team who struggled badly at a position that will be very important for the Atlanta Falcons this season.