By Scott Carasik
The Atlanta Falcons are currently sitting at approximately $12.5 million under the cap depending on what the final numbers come in at for Matt Bryant’s contract structure as they head into free agency.
That’s not much. Here’s how they can add more room.
They should start off by re-signing Matt Ryan, Jake Matthews and Andy Levitre to longer deals that would free up cap space this season. Currently, Ryan, Matthews and Levitre count for a combined $42.5 million towards the cap and are in the final seasons of their contracts.
If the Falcons restructured Ryan down to a $15 million cap hit, Matthews to an $8.5 million cap hit and Levitre to a $6.5 million cap hit, they would open up nearly $12.5 million, doubling their cap room.
Other expiring contracts to address include Justin Hardy, Grady Jarrett, Tevin Coleman, Ty Sambrailo and current restricted free agent Ricardo Allen. The Falcons should make sure to keep Jarrett for the long term and could also keep Coleman as the running back market hasn’t been too steep.
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