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Atlanta Falcons 2021 free agency outlook

The Falcons head into 2021 free agency coming off an 4-12 season. We break down their free agents, cap space, and more.

Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley (21) during pregame warmups before playing the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons were one of the major disappointments in the NFL this season. Their pass defense was horrible and they gave up multiple leads in many games, which led to the firing of head coach Dan Quinn. On top of that, they are still tied to both Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, who are on the book for a majority of their cap space. But the good news is that they have a new head coach in Arthur Smith who could help upgrade this offense.

Lost revenue due to COVID-19 will impact every team, but with so many free agents the likely drop in the league wide salary cap number could make things difficult. The 2020 number was around $198 million, while the 2021 number could drop to $180.5 million according to Over The Cap, but is subject to change.

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities

Out of their most notable free agents, the only possible candidate for a franchise tag would be safety Keanu Neal. The 25-year-old had a solid 2020 season after only playing in four games over the previous two seasons due to injury. In 15 games, Neal posted 100 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, two pass deflections, and an interception.

For a pass defense that struggled a lot this season, Neal was the lone bright spot and is a must keep for the Falcons.

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space (Feb. 2): $36,168,889 over the cap

2021 transactions

Free agent signings

TBD

Free agent departures

TBD

Trades

TBD

Notable unrestricted free agents

* Denotes Restricted Free Agent (RFA)

Falcons 2021 Free Agents

Pos. Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
Pos. Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
QB Matt Schaub Falcons
RB Todd Gurley Falcons
RB Brian Hill Falcons
WR Brandon Powell* Falcons
WR Laquon Treadwell Falcons
TE Luke Stocker Falcons
C Alex Mack Falcons
C Justin McCray Falcons
RT Matt Gono* Falcons
RT John Wetzel Falcons
EDGE Steven Means Falcons
EDGE Charles Harris Falcons
LB Edmond Robinson Falcons
LB LaRoy Reynolds Falcons
CB Darqueze Dennard Falcons
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson Falcons
S Keanu Neal Falcons
S Sharrod Neasman Falcons
S Damontae Kazee Falcons