The Atlanta Falcons front office did a great job locking up Jake Matthews and Grady Jarrett setting the team up to lose zero high-impact players in free agency next off-season. Isaiah Oliver is the only player you could make an argument the team needs to lock up. Aside from Oliver, the team will be letting short-term veteran deals and draft pick misses hit free agency allowing the team to focus on recruiting and not retaining their own players.
Kaleb McGary and Lorenzo Carter are the only other players of note scheduled to hit free agency. Carter’s future will completely be determined by this season’s performance and his ability to stay on the field. McGary has put enough negative tape together that it would be shocking if the team attempts to retain him.
Atlanta has set themselves up perfectly accelerating the rebuild and eating all of their bad contracts in one season allowing the team to go all in during the 2023 off-season. This perfectly coincides with the division instability considering Tampa will watch many of its impact players hit free agency including Tom Brady and the Panthers are facing a myriad of questions. New Orleans still has a solid roster but just like Carolina, Tampa, and Atlanta will likely be facing quarterback questions at the end of the season.
Add in the fact that a large portion of the league’s elite talent has moved to the AFC and Atlanta’s window to contend is going to be open after one bad season.
Atlanta will have the ability for the first time in five years to chase top free agents and build a lasting core. The Falcons’ front office made the right decisions setting the team up for success 2023 will be the season they prove whether or not they can capitalize.