TheRisen999 Posted February 17 Share Posted February 17 (edited) 1. Marcus Mariota Cutting Mariota saves Atlanta $12 million in cap space and allows the veteran to find another landing spot early on this off-season. There is zero chance the Falcons are bringing Mariota back after the way he played as a starter and how he handled getting benched in the final four games of the season. Mariota stepped away from the team after being benched and didn’t return focusing on spending time with his family. This is completely understandable from Mariota’s perspective, however, as a leader, you cannot leave the team when getting benched and fail to help Desmond Ridder and be brought back as the backup. Apart from the obvious issues Atlanta has with Mariota, there is also the fact you cannot have a backup quarterback inside your top ten cap hits if that player cannot even pass the ball consistently. The Falcons should be willing to spend at the position for a top option but Mariota clearly isn’t that and it is time for both sides to move on after a failed reunion in Atlanta. 2. Casey Hayward Unlike Marcus Mariota there is a strong argument to be made for keeping Casey Hayward on the Atlanta roster. The veteran spent most of the season injured and was unable to make the impact alongside A.J. Terrell the Falcons had hoped for. Cutting Hayward saves Atlanta $5 million against the cap and opens up a lot of space, though not enough to bring in a player of Hayward’s ability. This move comes down to what Atlanta believes the veteran has left in the tank. After an injury-shortened season is Hayward capable of playing at a high level well into his thirties? This is a question Atlanta must weigh when deciding the veteran’s future. Even if Hayward is close to the level he was before the injury it is a depth improvement for Atlanta and offers a young position group veteran leadership. Keeping Hayward should be the direction Atlanta is leaning depending on how the veteran is recovering and what Atlanta deems they could get for the $5 million the cut would save. 3. Feleipe Franks Franks isn’t saving Atlanta much against the cap this cut is all about opening a roster spot. Franks isn’t a backup quarterback and cannot play tight-end well enough to demand a roster spot. Why Franks has been able to keep his roster spot over the past two years remains a mystery. For a coaching staff that has preached you must earn your spot it is an odd decision. The team was willing to part ways with Bryan Edwards at a thin position after weeks of failed production. It has been two seasons of failed production from Franks and it is time to move on. 4. Jalen Mayfield The difference in Atlanta’s offensive line with Jalen and without Jalen the past two seasons speaks for itself. Mayfield was a bad draft pick and clearly a bust. With how many picks the current Atlanta front office has hit on there is zero problem with admitting you were wrong and moving on from an objectively bad player I’m still on the fence about Hayward but the rest of these guys should be cut without question. However, If we can bring in another vet with a better history of being durable and putting up production Hayward can go as well. Especially if it’ll free up another 18million in cap space. If I were Fontenot I wouldn’t think twice about giving these 4 guys the boot 🥾 Edited February 17 by TheRisen999 FalconJim, CADirtyBird, enginerd and 2 others 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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