Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell is another player that the Atlanta Falcons should have traded. He is in the last year of his contract and is unlikely to be retained. Moving Campbell would have cleared a little over two million dollars off of the club’s 2019 salary.
One might think that removing players from this year’s salary cap would only help owner Arthur Blank’s bank account, but oh quite contrary. Unlike the NBA, NFL teams can roll over unused cap space onto the following season’s salary cap.
Rolling over more cap space would help the Atlanta Falcons with the upcoming salary cap space dilemma that they will face next season. It would also create more room to resign Austin Hooper. He has emerged as one of the league’s better tight ends and the team has made it clear that they intend to sign him.
Having a fire sale would have been the best course of action for the Atlanta Falcons now and going forward. However the team should not start completely over, because they definitely have some keepers in players such as Julio Jones, Deion Jones, Grady Jarrett, Matt Ryan and Calvin Ridley to build around.
The Falcons also have a lot a young talent to develop like offense lineman Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb Mcgary. However, a major overhaul of the team’s defense is required. Cap space and draft picks will be key to overhauling the unit.
By not getting a jump-start on the overhaul process by clearing cap space and playing time for young prospects, the Atlanta Falcons made a terrible miscalculation. It is a miscalculation that could very well cost the team going forward.