As the 2023 off-season draws closer for the Atlanta Falcons’ focus will shift both to Atlanta’s cap space and their approach to the draft. Atlanta is in a great position no matter how the final game of the season goes. They are locked into a top-ten draft pick and early draft evaluations have little difference after the top three picks. The top three or four players in this draft seem to be clear with the rest after a complete guessing game.
Atlanta is going to have a chance to add a third straight high-impact player early in the draft and will finally be able to make splashy moves in free agency as well. With Matt Ryan and Julio Jones both dropping off of Atlanta’s dead cap hit next season the Falcons will finally have the benefit of not shopping in the bargain aisles in free agency.
As of now, the Falcons will have around $70-million in open cap space and can easily push this number above $80-million by making obvious cuts. Atlanta has the second most cap space for 2023 in the league with only the Chicago Bears having more.
With over $100-million in cap space, the Bears will be in Atlanta’s weight class when it comes to making off-season moves. However, Chicago has five fewer players locked up heading into 2023 and has fewer building blocks when it comes to attracting top free agents. Justin Fields is locked in as their starting quarterback though which could work in their favor with Atlanta’s future at the position still up in the air.
Behind Atlanta and Chicago are the Giants, Patriots, and Seahawks all with nearly $50-million in cap space. More good news for Atlanta is who lands at the bottom of this list with Tampa Bay and New Orleans both heading into the off-season losing high-impact players and having negative cap space. No question the Atlanta Falcons have done an amazing job setting themselves up for an off-season that will finally put them back into division contention.