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THINNEST ROSTERS

 

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1. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are facing the inevitable rebuild that follows a major spending spree -- led by 2016 MVP Matt Ryan becoming the first player to average $30 million per year on his 2018 extension.

Even after trading away wide receiver Julio Jones, he impacts the Falcons ability to fill out the roster through the 2022 season. Jones has a $15.5 million cap hit for 2022. It can be tough to add depth when a substantial portion of your total salary cap dollars are going to so few players. Including Jones, who won't even be there, just five players account for $131.7 million of Atlanta's 2022 salary cap. The 2022 salary cap has a maximum of $208.2 million, meaning the Falcons are spending 63% of their total cap space on five players -- only four of which are still on the team.

Atlanta has arguably the least talented defense in the NFL, with holes at all three levels. The two edge rushers logging by far the most snaps -- Steven Means and Dante Fowler Jr. -- are both free agents after the season, as are the two starting safeties in Erik Harris and Duron Harmon.

On offense, the only wide receiver drafted before the fifth-round is Calvin Ridley, and almost the entire unit beyond Ridley is set to hit free agency after the season anyway. Given their current offensive line woes, Atlanta will have a tough time competing with this roster in the near future. The Falcons drafted Michigan right tackle Jalen Mayfield, and he now starts at left guard, where his 24.7 pass block grade ranks second to last among all guards through Week 5.

 

https://www.espn.com/nfl/insider/story/_/id/32393959/deepest-thinnest-nfl-rosters-ranking-best-worst-teams-depth-why-broncos-options

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24 minutes ago, MilleniumFalcon said:

THINNEST ROSTERS

 

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1. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are facing the inevitable rebuild that follows a major spending spree -- led by 2016 MVP Matt Ryan becoming the first player to average $30 million per year on his 2018 extension.

Even after trading away wide receiver Julio Jones, he impacts the Falcons ability to fill out the roster through the 2022 season. Jones has a $15.5 million cap hit for 2022. It can be tough to add depth when a substantial portion of your total salary cap dollars are going to so few players. Including Jones, who won't even be there, just five players account for $131.7 million of Atlanta's 2022 salary cap. The 2022 salary cap has a maximum of $208.2 million, meaning the Falcons are spending 63% of their total cap space on five players -- only four of which are still on the team.

Atlanta has arguably the least talented defense in the NFL, with holes at all three levels. The two edge rushers logging by far the most snaps -- Steven Means and Dante Fowler Jr. -- are both free agents after the season, as are the two starting safeties in Erik Harris and Duron Harmon.

On offense, the only wide receiver drafted before the fifth-round is Calvin Ridley, and almost the entire unit beyond Ridley is set to hit free agency after the season anyway. Given their current offensive line woes, Atlanta will have a tough time competing with this roster in the near future. The Falcons drafted Michigan right tackle Jalen Mayfield, and he now starts at left guard, where his 24.7 pass block grade ranks second to last among all guards through Week 5.

 

https://www.espn.com/nfl/insider/story/_/id/32393959/deepest-thinnest-nfl-rosters-ranking-best-worst-teams-depth-why-broncos-options

Dang grim outlook, right there. 

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The Falcons are facing the inevitable rebuild that follows a major spending spree -- led by 2016 MVP Matt Ryan becoming the first player to average $30 million per year on his 2018 extension.
 

Who writes that crap? Matt Ryan cap hit went down with the extension. What got this team in trouble is all the dead money from Ryan Schraeder , Trufant, Alford, Carpenter, Brown, Freeman, Vic getting 13 M in 5th year and others. TD and DQ kept restructuring Ryan to cover up the dead cap. 

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6 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

The Falcons are facing the inevitable rebuild that follows a major spending spree -- led by 2016 MVP Matt Ryan becoming the first player to average $30 million per year on his 2018 extension.
 

Who writes that crap? Matt Ryan cap hit went down with the extension. What got this team in trouble is all the dead money from Ryan Schaefer, Trufant, Alford, Carpenter, Brown, Freeman, Vic getting 13 M in 5th year and others. TD and DQ kept restructuring Ryan to cover up the dead cap. 

And how does that 30mil look compared to 2021?

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8 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

The Falcons are facing the inevitable rebuild that follows a major spending spree -- led by 2016 MVP Matt Ryan becoming the first player to average $30 million per year on his 2018 extension.
 

Who writes that crap? Matt Ryan cap hit went down with the extension. What got this team in trouble is all the dead money from Ryan Schaefer, Trufant, Alford, Carpenter, Brown, Freeman, Vic getting 13 M in 5th year and others. TD and DQ kept restructuring Ryan to cover up the dead cap. 

The dead money was actually league average before the traded Julio.

 

What really did the falcons in was Covid.

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4 minutes ago, falconsd56 said:

The dead money was actually league average before the traded Julio.

 

What really did the falcons in was Covid.

The Covid was just the cherry on top. Falcons had 32 M dead money in 2020. With only 166 M available out of 198M, they restructured Ryan few times, and others. Bucs signed Brady for 30 M hit and others but had 8 M dead cap. Same with Bills, GB and other teams with less dead money . 
Teams keep digging deeper when they have ton of dead money consistently. Falcons can blow it up all like Bills did but that’s a coin toss. 

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7 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

The Covid was just the cherry on top. Falcons had 32 M dead money in 2020. With only 166 M available out of 198M, they restructured Ryan few times, and others. Bucs signed Brady for 30 M hit and others but had 8 M dead cap. Same with Bills, GB and other teams with less dead money . 
Teams keep digging deeper when they have ton of dead money consistently. Falcons can blow it up all like Bills did but that’s a coin toss. 

 But the dead cap for 2021 was only like 11 million before Julio....had covdi not knocked the cap down by 25-30 million then we would have had a significantly high chunk of money to spend.

By in large part TD managed the cap well and we never really had an overly gross high dead cap him.... At least into a relation to most of the NFL.

 

 

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1 hour ago, falconsd56 said:

Kinda hard to talk about the wr being thin when we were missing the top 2 guys and still had 350 yards passing.

And Oz and Sharpe both stepped up and made big plays when needed.

Deep depth is great, but in reality few teams have that. We won missing our top two WR's. We had people out on D. AS and the coaches will have the next guy up ready to play. 

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2 hours ago, Realsurfin said:

It took years for TD and DQ to bury us in this hole.  It is what it is.  Surprisingly we are not doing so bad considering.

:munch:

We should have fired Quinn a year earlier and TD as well. Oh and why we're at it Don't forget about McKay, the Bucky stench was strong in our locker room.

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I can’t believe Julio costs 15.5M against us next year, after costing 7M this season. Paying a player big money only to have them want to be traded soon after is crushing 

I know we’re supposedly up against the cap next year but outside of Julio we don’t have any dead money, and there’s nobody on the roster that you look at and are like “wow he’s so overpaid”, kinda weird we’re gonna be cap strapped

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3 hours ago, MilleniumFalcon said:

THINNEST ROSTERS

 

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1. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are facing the inevitable rebuild that follows a major spending spree -- led by 2016 MVP Matt Ryan becoming the first player to average $30 million per year on his 2018 extension.

Even after trading away wide receiver Julio Jones, he impacts the Falcons ability to fill out the roster through the 2022 season. Jones has a $15.5 million cap hit for 2022. It can be tough to add depth when a substantial portion of your total salary cap dollars are going to so few players. Including Jones, who won't even be there, just five players account for $131.7 million of Atlanta's 2022 salary cap. The 2022 salary cap has a maximum of $208.2 million, meaning the Falcons are spending 63% of their total cap space on five players -- only four of which are still on the team.

Atlanta has arguably the least talented defense in the NFL, with holes at all three levels. The two edge rushers logging by far the most snaps -- Steven Means and Dante Fowler Jr. -- are both free agents after the season, as are the two starting safeties in Erik Harris and Duron Harmon.

On offense, the only wide receiver drafted before the fifth-round is Calvin Ridley, and almost the entire unit beyond Ridley is set to hit free agency after the season anyway. Given their current offensive line woes, Atlanta will have a tough time competing with this roster in the near future. The Falcons drafted Michigan right tackle Jalen Mayfield, and he now starts at left guard, where his 24.7 pass block grade ranks second to last among all guards through Week 5.

 

https://www.espn.com/nfl/insider/story/_/id/32393959/deepest-thinnest-nfl-rosters-ranking-best-worst-teams-depth-why-broncos-options

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Of course your going to have a thin roster when you have guys like Jamon Brown, James Carpenter, Julio Jones, First round busts , maxed out contracts in skill positions... We have a lot of dead money because of Thomas DImitroff.  Only thing TD did well was that he hit on some late round guys that are still on this team.  Matt Ryan was his best pick.  Outside of that, he was garbage every year.  Shanahan and the coaching staff probably picked out the draft picks for TD for 15 and 16. 

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1 hour ago, falcons007 said:

More like 40+. 

He sure as heck is not worth 40 but if the Falcons extend him, they will be doomed for several more years.  They are 1 year too late for the rebuild IMO, but I say take it hard up the wazoo next year and start with a much cleaner slate the following year.  No Lombardi is making it's way to Atlanta with this roster.  Besides, MR and company had 2 opportunities to bring one home and they blew both their chances. They meaning both the players, which include MR, and the coaching.  It was players and coaching fail to mightiest degree or as it is said..it is the Falcon way.  Such a shame. 

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