Falcons restructure contracts for cap space

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The Falcons weren’t in great salary cap shape before the start of free agency, and had to shed some contracts including Devonta Freeman and Desmond Trufant.

Then they made a pair of big splashes, as they made quick deals for pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr. and Todd Gurley.

Now comes the accounting.

Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons have restructured the contracts of three players to save some salary cap space.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, left tackle Jake Matthews, and defensive end Allen Bailey shuffled some money around to create short-term space.

Of course, that pushes bigger hits into future years, but if swinging big doesn’t work this year, the future will likely look very different in Atlanta anyway.

5 responses to “Falcons restructure contracts for cap space

  1. I like this move, but at some point in time we are going to have to rip the band-aid off. This is a play-offs or bust move.

  2. so they are doing the exact opposite of what the current trends are in the league…ATL is still not a legit contender…next year is probably going to result in a house cleaning (deep cleaning like with guys wearing yellow suits type cleaning)

  3. I heard they saved somewhere between 28 to 3 millions dollars.

    Sometimes desperate attempts to be clever fall flat. Exhibit A.

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