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Tim Mazetti

The Falcons' Are Keeping Their Stars.

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The Falcons are keeping the players they need to keep

You live and die by your stars, and the Falcons aren’t letting them walk.

By Dave Choate Jul 19, 2019, 8:00am EDT

https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2019/7/19/20698644/the-falcons-are-keeping-the-players-they-need-to-keep-deion-jones-grady-jarrett

This piece started off as a “what a new Deion Jones contract means for the Falcons” article, but then I realized it was too blindingly obvious to bother with. Keeping one of the true stars of this defense, not to mention one of the best young linebackers in the NFL, is a huge win. The fact that they managed to get him locked down for less than a team paid C.J. Mosley is frankly astonishing.

So let’s take another obvious but important tack instead: The Falcons are doing the right thing by keeping these guys around, and they’ve done the right thing most of the offseason. I know, I’m as surprised as you are.

For much of this team’s history, you couldn’t count on them acquiring, developing, and retaining the right players. The list of whiffs and missteps is so lengthy that it barely bears repeating, but they’ve bled a lot of talent. With questions swirling all offseason about how close the Falcons and Grady Jarrett were, and the knowledge that they’d need to get several big contracts done before next March, it was fair to wonder if that might happen in painful fashion again.

Instead, the Falcons exceeded even my wildest expectations, locking up Deion Jones and Grady Jarrett in the same week. They’ll likely get Julio Jones done, if not before training camp, then before the season. That leaves them heading into next offseason with plenty of contract talks still to go, but their true stars already locked up for multiple years.

If the Falcons were going to build on any progress they’ve made with the defense over the years—and thanks to injuries and coordinator clashes and the like, it’s been slow—they had to keep their best guys around. If they want to continue to have one of the league’s elite offenses, they need Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Jake Matthews, and probably Austin Hooper, a player the team feels is headed toward a major breakout season. Thus far, the Falcons have grappled with the reality of a tight cap for the foreseeable future and kept their best players, setting them up to be successful for at least the bulk of Ryan’s remaining years with the team.

I’m not trying to suggest that keeping your best players is some mind-boggling achievement, but I am suggesting that the swiftness of this and the fact that the team is making the right decisions is extremely encouraging. With so much uncertainty swirling around the team after a lousy 2018, it’s nice to know we can count on them not collapsing in the short term.

Right?

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I'm thrilled with how this franchise is run and amazed how we do so well with the CAP. I recall a time not long ago when we would let the best players, players like Deion Sanders, walk because we didn't want to pay them.

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3 minutes ago, ButSkiuup said:

Bryant Gone

Alford Gone

Coleman Gone

all stars vital to 2016 SB success before the collapse 

But none are vital for 2019 SB success or they would still be Falcons.

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14 minutes ago, ButSkiuup said:

Bryant Gone

Alford Gone

Coleman Gone

all stars vital to 2016 SB success before the collapse 

Yeah but that's like not divorcing your wife because she was awesome when you got married but now she sucks and is asking for more than you are willing to give

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3 minutes ago, jamesmasen said:

Yeah but that's like not divorcing your wife because she was awesome when you got married but now she sucks and is asking for more than you are willing to give

So you get a divorce give up half and get worse in return :tiphat:

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2 minutes ago, Yo_Lover said:

Bryant wasn't a "star"

And one TD for any player makes them a star? Lol!!!

Bryant was more dependable than Ryan 

alford a bigger playmaker than Tru unless you value not catching the interce:tiphat:ption 

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Just now, ButSkiuup said:

Bryant was more dependable than Ryan 

alford a bigger playmaker than Tru unless you value not catching the interce:tiphat:ption 

Alford also gave up more penalities and TD's.

I'd rather take the guy that's better in coverage but it's cool.

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Just now, Yo_Lover said:

Alford also gave up more penalities and TD's.

I'd rather take the guy that's better in coverage but it's cool.

Oh the beat on the deep play guy :tiphat:

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Just now, ButSkiuup said:

So does calling the most consistent player on the team not a star :tiphat:

Consistent doesn't = star, if that's the case then DiMarco was a star. 

A star is a guy who's going to take over a game. Bryant never did that.

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5 minutes ago, ButSkiuup said:

Bryant was more dependable than Ryan 

alford a bigger playmaker than Tru unless you value not catching the interce:tiphat:ption 

The pick 6 in the SB was big, but all the PI calls against him outweigh the pick 6...unless that pick 6 won us the SB. It didn't

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Just now, Yo_Lover said:

One play, keep going man. If he's so bad you can post more. Every corner gets beat at some point.

You asked for proof, proof was provided :tiphat:

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Just now, Yo_Lover said:

So what I see is Trufant is also as good as every other corner. Including Sherman. I'll take it. Thanks

What I see is me proving you wrong and you doing a lot talking after :tiphat:

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1 minute ago, ButSkiuup said:

What I see is me proving you wrong and you doing a lot talking after :tiphat:

How? Lol!! All you did was show Trufant get beat once. If that's the case he's just as good as Ramsey, Sherman, etc. **** better since you only showed one instance. We should pay Trufant more!!

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