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As the media speculation and smoke clears, more details are emerging from TF with proper context. What TF said isn't different than  Arthur Blank and McKay have said about winning this year, next year and in 2023. TF isn't talking 5 years down the line, he is focussed on 2021 and balance 2022 and 2023. I am cautiously optimistic about winning starting in 2021. NFL is not for long, GM and HC may not have a job in 2023 with two losing seasons. 

https://www.nfl.com/news/falcons-gm-fontenot-there-s-a-balance-between-building-for-now-and-future

New Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot has a philosophical choice in his first seasons taking the reins in the Peach State: Build for now or the future.

Free agency awaits first for the cap-strapped Falcons, who sit over the projected salary cap. With his hands mostly tied on the open market, Fontenot's big-picture plans in Atlanta might not be entirely visible until the 2021 NFL Draft.

Will the GM use the No. 4 overall pick on a player who could immediately upgrade a needed position in the trenches? Will they take a quarterback of the future believing they won't be in the top-5 to make such a selection in subsequent seasons? Will Fontenot sell the pick to a QB-needy team for a boatload of assets to restock a top-heavy roster?

The presence of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley might lead to a belief Atlanta could turn it around quickly, but Fontenot noted Tuesday he has to build for now and down the road.

"We'll make decisions that help the team win this year, but we've also got to think of future years -- 2022, 2023 -- so there's a balance to it," he said, via the Associated Press. "We want to be as competitive as possible now, while also keeping the future in mind."

The first-time GM's discussion made it clear that he's aware of the overhaul he inherited. The headache includes a precarious salary cap situation that has already seen the Falcons make cuts like trusty veteran Ricardo Allen. More bloodletting from the new brass is sure to come in the weeks ahead.

"We have to make some hard decisions on players that are on this roster," the GM said. "We have to go find players. We can't just build this roster with overpaid players from free agency, and top draft picks. We have to really dig and find value in free agency."

The key to the Falcons offseason will be the No. 4 overall pick, a place Fontenot called a "prime spot" to begin roster construction.

"Some really good players will be there at four," he said. "There's a lot of different scenarios to go through. It's a prime spot to be in. It's not a spot we want to be in very often, but we've got to take advantage of it and be open to all possibilities."

Given their financial ties to Ryan for at least another year, the Falcons seem poised to put a bright "For Sale" sign on the No. 4 pick in hopes a club will pay big to get one of the top signal-callers. That hope didn't materialize last year for teams at the top of the draft board with Miami and L.A. able to sit tight and to grab Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, respectively. If no trade scenario brings a windfall for Fontenot, how he uses that No. 4 pick will determine the next several years of rebuilding in Atlanta.

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54 minutes ago, Herr Doktor said:

Absolutely.  TF said that his team in the front office are currently veryich at work earning their pay checks.  FA will be unusual for us this year.

There will be surprise cut or two no one is anticipating but the FA signings should lead the way to draft. I expect TF and AS to go in with winning mindset in 2021.

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2 hours ago, falcons007 said:

As the media speculation and smoke clears, more details are emerging from TF with proper context. What TF said isn't different than  Arthur Blank and McKay have said about winning this year, next year and in 2023. TF isn't talking 5 years down the line, he is focussed on 2021 and balance 2022 and 2023. I am cautiously optimistic about winning starting in 2021. NFL is not for long, GM and HC may not have a job in 2023 with two losing seasons. 

https://www.nfl.com/news/falcons-gm-fontenot-there-s-a-balance-between-building-for-now-and-future

New Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot has a philosophical choice in his first seasons taking the reins in the Peach State: Build for now or the future.

Free agency awaits first for the cap-strapped Falcons, who sit over the projected salary cap. With his hands mostly tied on the open market, Fontenot's big-picture plans in Atlanta might not be entirely visible until the 2021 NFL Draft.

Will the GM use the No. 4 overall pick on a player who could immediately upgrade a needed position in the trenches? Will they take a quarterback of the future believing they won't be in the top-5 to make such a selection in subsequent seasons? Will Fontenot sell the pick to a QB-needy team for a boatload of assets to restock a top-heavy roster?

The presence of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley might lead to a belief Atlanta could turn it around quickly, but Fontenot noted Tuesday he has to build for now and down the road.

"We'll make decisions that help the team win this year, but we've also got to think of future years -- 2022, 2023 -- so there's a balance to it," he said, via the Associated Press. "We want to be as competitive as possible now, while also keeping the future in mind."

The first-time GM's discussion made it clear that he's aware of the overhaul he inherited. The headache includes a precarious salary cap situation that has already seen the Falcons make cuts like trusty veteran Ricardo Allen. More bloodletting from the new brass is sure to come in the weeks ahead.

"We have to make some hard decisions on players that are on this roster," the GM said. "We have to go find players. We can't just build this roster with overpaid players from free agency, and top draft picks. We have to really dig and find value in free agency."

The key to the Falcons offseason will be the No. 4 overall pick, a place Fontenot called a "prime spot" to begin roster construction.

"Some really good players will be there at four," he said. "There's a lot of different scenarios to go through. It's a prime spot to be in. It's not a spot we want to be in very often, but we've got to take advantage of it and be open to all possibilities."

Given their financial ties to Ryan for at least another year, the Falcons seem poised to put a bright "For Sale" sign on the No. 4 pick in hopes a club will pay big to get one of the top signal-callers. That hope didn't materialize last year for teams at the top of the draft board with Miami and L.A. able to sit tight and to grab Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, respectively. If no trade scenario brings a windfall for Fontenot, how he uses that No. 4 pick will determine the next several years of rebuilding in Atlanta.

Building a solid defensive and offensive line would be a recipe for winning now and down the road.

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37 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

It could be trade too. 
 

Fowler? Trade for Jake Mathews(very unlikely)? Trade for Debo? Trade for Hurst? We would have to see how draft plays out. 

Haha debo yeah right, unless they use foye to take his place. Have some really good linebackers.

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6 minutes ago, Falcons Fan MVP said:

Building a solid defensive and offensive line would be a recipe for winning now and down the road.

Right now the one player I could see is taking at 4 that is the consensus top tier for that position group is Sewell. Move him to LG. Once Matthews contract is up, move him to LT. 

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20 hours ago, TheShadow said:

If Sewell is as good as advertised and falls to 4, he would be a great pick. He would join a very young OL group who would grow together for years with new coaches. And Mathews could be a mentor. Its hard to beat that, Improve offense now (its the easiest to upgrade, LG) and cement OL for the future.

I rather trade down. 

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I hope TF is one of those nice talking guys who are ruthless when roster building. Mainly, don’t overpay for replaceable parts. You have to pay your QB, but this team has had a terrible history under hair gel for throwing its money at the shiny objects rather than the important things, like OL and DL. 

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21 hours ago, falcons007 said:

It could be trade too. 
 

Fowler? Trade for Jake Mathews(very unlikely)? Trade for Debo? Trade for Hurst? We would have to see how draft plays out. 

I think Fowler could easily be on that post June 1 cut list. 

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6 minutes ago, thanat0s said:

I hope TF is one of those nice talking guys who are ruthless when roster building. Mainly, don’t overpay for replaceable parts. You have to pay your QB, but this team has had a terrible history under hair gel for throwing its money at the shiny objects rather than the important things, like OL and DL. 

That is not really fair.

Most of the areas where the Falcons have overpaid have been on the Oline and Dline.

Asomoah, Tyson Jackson,Solar, Osi,Ray Edwards, Jamon Brown,  Carpenter,Sambrillo, Fowler, Poe (to an extent) Clabo being resigned.

Most of the big whiffs have been on the OL and DL.

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41 minutes ago, falconsd56 said:

That is not really fair.

Most of the areas where the Falcons have overpaid have been on the Oline and Dline.

Asomoah, Tyson Jackson,Solar, Osi,Ray Edwards, Jamon Brown,  Carpenter,Sambrillo, Fowler, Poe (to an extent) Clabo being resigned.

Most of the big whiffs have been on the OL and DL.

Well, let me amend that by saying competent use of money on the OL/DL.

In fact, those haven’t hamstrung us at all compared to the Freeman and Julio contracts, which were horrendous. 

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1 hour ago, thanat0s said:

Well, let me amend that by saying competent use of money on the OL/DL.

In fact, those haven’t hamstrung us at all compared to the Freeman and Julio contracts, which were horrendous. 

Ehhh the Julio contract has not hampered us... because he still produces and we are better with him on the field.

Can't say the same thing for Freeman.

It is all about ROI

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On 2/24/2021 at 11:57 AM, falcons007 said:

It could be trade too. 
 

Fowler? Trade for Jake Mathews(very unlikely)? Trade for Debo? Trade for Hurst? We would have to see how draft plays out. 

A Matthews trade fits the bill, especially if we draft Sewell or Slater.  It opens up a lot of money for us and would be a “hard decision.”

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1 minute ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

The fact he has on numerous occasions referenced overpaid FA’s is quite telling on the job he thinks TD did and the current state of our roster

He didn’t say that though. He just meant you can’t overpay players in FA for every spot and build a roster. I don’t see how this relates to TD and I am no fan of TD.

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7 minutes ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

A Matthews trade fits the bill, especially if we draft Sewell or Slater.  It opens up a lot of money for us and would be a “hard decision.”

If you draft Sewell trading Matthews makes sense. 

The same way you don't want to draft a QB to sit, you don't want to play a top 5 LT out of position. Also, you could trade Matthews sign a LG that would be as good as he would be inside and still have money left over to spread around.

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9 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

He didn’t say that though. He just meant you can’t overpay players in FA for every spot and build a roster. I don’t see how this relates to TD and I am no fan of TD.

He is saying both.  We’ve overpaid too often lately which means we can’t do so this year again. TF has on numerous occasions alluded to the Falcons being in a pretty poor spot with regards to cap and being able to fill out the roster

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11 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

He didn’t say that though. He just meant you can’t overpay players in FA for every spot and build a roster. I don’t see how this relates to TD and I am no fan of TD.

If you don’t see how it pertains to the previous regime:

“Fontenot and Smith inherited a huge headache with the salary cap”

 

“One person in the organization is putting in especially long hours. Chris Olsen, the new director of football administration, is charged with getting the team under the salary cap.

It's a daunting task.

“He was all clean-shaven when he got here. But every day, his beard gets a little longer," Fontenot joked. “Whether I'm getting into the office or leaving the office, his light is on. He's working hard."

 

“We have to look at what is best for the big picture," the GM said. "It's not just about getting under the cap. It's about making good decisions. It's a challenge for all of us.”

Fontenot said Tuesday that the Falcons, coming off a miserable 4-12 season, will have to be creative in how they build the roster for 2021.

 

 

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11 minutes ago, FalconsIn2012 said:

If you don’t see how it pertains to the previous regime:

“Fontenot and Smith inherited a huge headache with the salary cap”

 

“One person in the organization is putting in especially long hours. Chris Olsen, the new director of football administration, is charged with getting the team under the salary cap.

It's a daunting task.

“He was all clean-shaven when he got here. But every day, his beard gets a little longer," Fontenot joked. “Whether I'm getting into the office or leaving the office, his light is on. He's working hard."

 

“We have to look at what is best for the big picture," the GM said. "It's not just about getting under the cap. It's about making good decisions. It's a challenge for all of us.”

Fontenot said Tuesday that the Falcons, coming off a miserable 4-12 season, will have to be creative in how they build the roster for 2021.

 

 

Nothing says previous regime brought in overpaid FA players. TD wasted money on crap bottom players in FA. Probably 2008 and 2016 were exceptions. 

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