Atlanta Falcons: Declining Trades Was a Miscalculation

Atlanta Falcons, Dan Quinn, Thomas Dimitroff (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Vic Beasley

Edge defender Vic Beasley is another Atlanta Falcons player that many thought would fly out of the nest at the trade deadline. He has vastly underperformed and would be better suited on a team that plays the 3-4 defensive scheme.

Unfortunately for Atlanta, the trade market for Beasley was cold. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports said that the Falcons were unable to obtain even a sixth-round pick for Vic Beasley.

The Vic Beasley situation was mishandled in a major way by Thomas Dimitroff, Dan Quinn, and the Atlanta Falcons front office. The team should have taken the opportunity to trade him prior to last year’s deadline when there was a true interest in his services.

The Atlanta Falcons missed out on another opportunity to clear Vic Beasley off the books this offseason. They could have released him and not been responsible for any of the 12.8 million dollars that the is currently making to underperform.

Beasley’s salary could have been used to secure a more productive pass rusher and provide depth elsewhere. Georgia Bulldog and Georgia native Justin Houston and more cornerback help would have made much better use of the Falcons cap space.

The Atlanta Falcons should have moved Vic Beasley and shed his nearly 13 million dollar salary at the deadline. Even a seventh-round pick or a young inexpensive prospect for the Atlanta Falcons to evaluate at a position of need, would have been a better choice than keeping Vic around.