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Atlanta Falcons Rumors: Julio Jones Contract Hurts Evan Mathis, Jermaine Gresham Interest for Joe Hawley, Jacob Tamme Help as Levine Toilolo, Jake Matthews Improve

Jul 22, 2015 09:21 AM EDT
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The Atlanta Falcons have money to burn. The team was smart with their money this offseason and in return have a good chunk of change they can opt to spend or save. With question marks surrounding several players currently on the roster, the Falcons might be waiting to save that money for a rainy day. However, there are some quality options still on the market that could peak the team's interest heading into training camp.

According to Sportrac.com, the Falcons have around $14 to $16 million in salary cap space to spend. With training camp approaching, a portion of that money will be used for Julio Jones. ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reported that a contract for Jones could be coming prior to the receiver reporting for camp. The Falcons have traditionally gotten contract signings done the day before training camp begins in order to eliminate distractions. With Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas having inked their long-term deals which set the market, the Falcons have the money to give Jones a deal he wants.

After the Jones contract, where can that money be spent for the Falcons? The biggest name still available is Evan Mathis who remains unsigned after getting released from the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pro-Bowl offensive lineman is likely looking for a nice multi-year contract which will be hard to come by at this point in the offseason, but the Falcons have the means and the need to get him. With players like Joe Hawley, Jake Matthews and Lamar Holmes coming off a injuries and Chris Chester not being a home run hit, Mathis would be a huge upgrade to the offensive line. Atlanta could easily offer a two-year deal and not be hit too hard by it.

The other option for Atlanta is Jermaine Gresham who is reportedly healthy and waiting for a team to call. Since the departure of Tony Gonzalez, the Falcons have yet to find a consistent threat at the tight end position. The Falcons will enter 2015 with Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo as their top two tight ends. The early returns on Tamme have been positive as many believe he could be a strong starter for the Falcons, but Toilolo has left a lot to be desired in his two years with the team. According to AZCentral.com, Gresham is getting a strong look from the Cardinals, but no deal has been put in place. The Falcons could make a move.

TheFalcoholic.com makes the suggestion that the Falcons save the money and let it roll over into next year. They will likely sign one or two players, plus give Jones a contract extension. Whether those players are Gresham or Mathis remain to be seen, but the case can be made for either player to sign on.

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I am not generally knowledgeable about the workings of the salary cap, but if this is legal, then this is what I would do:

Extend Julio with a large cap number next year. Let the money roll over to next year and use it to offset Julio's cap hit. If that's legal, we could overload next year and then have the rest of his 4 years after that be much more team friendly.

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I find it hard to believe we are interested in Jermaine Gresham now when we did not kick the tires on him once during free agency.

I agree that a Gresham signing is highly unlikely. Mathis is compelling, but as the new regime seems more fiscally conservative, the price may be too high. There certainly has been time to strike a deal if the Flowery Branch brain trust believed there was value there. Mathis' past performance suggests he would be an improvement. Only time will tell.

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Like all Falcons that get let go - Michael Turner, Steven Jackson, Sam Baker and Blalock - they just retire because nobody wants them.

and that has what to do with my original comment? if mathis is so great, as half this board claims, why has he still yet to be signed? i mean its been 6 weeks now.

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and that has what to do with my original comment? if mathis is so great, as half this board claims, why has he still yet to be signed? i mean its been 6 weeks now.

If he was the same player he is now at 27 years old, people would be frothing at the mouth for him, but he's 33 and looking for a big contract.

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Anybody know how credible these guys are I dint knew much about them.

Edit: nm. Just conjecture

the internet is a free-for-all - it is probably a step below bleacher report - amateur writers making up sheot every day. I could have written that article but with a more properly constructed article headline.

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Can we all agree to stop posting anything from this click bait of a site?

It's terrible. Just read the headline and tell me what point the author is trying to make. It's "throw a bunch of names and words in a title that could pique a fan's interest".

What does "Jermaine Gresham interest for Joe Hawley" even mean?

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