quotemokc Posted November 6, 2019 Share Posted November 6, 2019 (edited) Every team has a salary cap and a salary floor, but how they spend within in that range varies greatly. Here are the teams that have made the best and worst investments this year. Not Getting What They Paid For Atlanta Falcons The 1-7 Falcons are not the worst team in football, but no team has as wide of a gap between who they are and who they thought they would be entering this season. In terms of pure cash spent on players this year (which is different than the salary cap), the Falcons handed out more than a quarter of a billion dollars in 2019, the most in the league. So far it has netted them one more win than the Dolphins, who have handed out the least in the league. Atlanta has allowed the most points, the second-most points per game (behind only the Dolphins), and the third-most first downs (183). Despite spending the seventh-most money on their secondary, they have the lowest team pass coverage grade on PFF. They are also tied for the fewest interceptions in the league (two), have allowed the second-most passing touchdowns (19), the second-highest opposing passer rating (117.6), and the second-highest adjusted yards per pass attempt (9.7), and knocked down the second-fewest passes (17). The Falcons spend the 11th-most money on their front-seven defenders but have the worst pass rush in the league. Atlanta has seven sacks in eight games, a mark matched or beaten by 10 players this season. Their two most expensive defenders in 2019 are cornerback Desmond Trufant, who is the 66th-highest-graded cornerback on PFF, and outside linebacker Vic Beasley, who is the 93rd-highest-graded edge defender out of 108 qualifying players. Beasley has 1.5 sacks this season, second most on the team. The Athletic reported last week that the Falcons picked up Beasley’s $12.8 million option in 2019 because they were worried that not doing so would upset CAA, the agency that also represents Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett. Instead it clogged their cap the way the Falcons wish Beasley could clog gaps. Their future is bleaker than their present. Atlanta currently has the second-least cap space for next season, with less than a million dollars available. They are one of four teams with more than $200 million lined up for their current top 51 players, along with the Vikings, Bears, and Jaguars. Estimated 2020 salary cap space vs sunk costs (guaranteed, dead, & prorated $) Top right- Healthy cap and ability to create more Top left-Healthy cap but harder to create more Bottom right- Below avg. cap but can create more Bottom left-Below avg. cap and harder to create Atlanta is going to have to make some hard choices. It’s going to have to cut starting center Alex Mack and safety Keanu Neal, which will clear up roughly $14.5 million—enough to pay breakout tight end Austin Hooper with some money leftover. With Matt Ryan, Jones, Devonta Freeman, Trufant, Jarrett, Deion Jones, and Ricardo Allen all locked up long term, the Falcons have gone to amazing lengths to keep the core of a 1-7 team together. https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2019/11/1/20943288/team-spending-by-position-patriots-bears-dolphins-giants Edited November 6, 2019 by quotemokc FalconsIn2012, Knight of God, Dirtier Bird and 3 others 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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