Atlanta Falcons Should Bring Back Vic Beasley Jr. Despite Disappointing Results

Atlanta Falcons, Vic Beasley (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons, Vic Beasley (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Falcons have several interesting free agency decisions to make this off-season, perhaps most notably pass rusher Vic Beasley Jr.  The Falcons should opt to bring back the pass rusher, but only under the right circumstances.

The Atlanta Falcons are coming off of another underachieving season one in which their defense failed to produce consistently. Perhaps the poster child for this underachieving defense is Vic Beasley Jr., a victim of his own success.

Beasley had a career season in 2016 registering a League leading 15.5 sacks and seemingly was always in the right place at the right time. In the three years since then Beasley has only managed a combined 18.0-sacks in three seasons.

This is hardly the production Atlanta was expecting from Beasley after his impressive 2016. In his prove it season he did improve sacking the quarterback 8-times with four of those sacks coming in his four final games.

Now Beasley is a free agent and Atlanta has a decision to make, should they bring back the pass rusher? It was an obvious decision halfway through the season but his late surge should make the Falcons at least consider bringing him back.

Bringing Beasley back is the right move for Atlanta if they can bring him back at a reasonable rate. A rate that pays Beasley for what he is, a situational pass rusher.

In that role (and that role alone) Beasley can help an Atlanta pass rush that is going to need improvement this off-season. While he may not have lived up to the expectations fans had for him he is still a solid player who can help this team get after the quarterback.

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Beasley is the most interesting free agent of the group though Atlanta will lose veteran Adrian Clayborn from their defensive line as well. More to come as the Atlanta Falcons off-season continues to get underway.