Sport Arthur Blank addresses Devonta Freeman future with Falcons: 'Salary cap is not unlimited'
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Thefind themselves with their backs against the salary cap wall as they're about to embark into the offseason and try to put together a roster that's more competitive in 2020. According to , the Falcons are currently slated to have just $6.1 million in available cap space, ranking fourth least in the NFL.
One way for the franchise to give themselves a bit more breathing room to add some talent across the roster is by trimming some of the fat that's currently on it. A name that's been brought up who could become a cap casualty is running back with Freeman, who still has three years remaining on his current contract. If Atlanta this offseason, it would clear $3.5 million off its cap in 2020.. It was
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Freeman has noted that he wants to stay a member of the Falcons partly due to his love for owner Arthur Blank. That said, Blank must look at his club's situation with a little less emotion and more from a business standpoint, which it appears he is.
"Well, I love him, too," Blank said of Freeman, via. "But this has nothing to do with love. It has to do with building a roster. The salary cap is not unlimited. It seems like it's unlimited, but it's not. And the investments we have made -- which have been very, very substantial with a wide variety of players on both sides of the ball -- have been significant. So personnel, and coach, and [team president] Rich McKay, they'll be looking at everything and making sure we're making investments in the right areas based on what the roster has to look like going forward.
Former NFL head coach Todd Haley now the offensive coordinator at Florida high school
Haley spent more than two decades in the NFL and is a former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Now he’s coaching teenagers at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Fla., where he signed on as the offensive coordinator.© Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Tood Haley's last NFL job was as the offensive coordinator for the Browns. According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Haley was introduced to the school’s head coach, Josh Smithers, and the two watched film together during last season. After the 2019 season ended, Smithers reached out to Haley through T.J.
"How it's going to affect one individual player, I have no idea. Sure, I love what [Freeman] brings to the team. I also know we've drafted well and we've got some really good backups now today. We'll see how all that works out."
Freeman's future in Atlanta being in doubt isn't exactly new. Prior to the NFL Trade Deadline this past fall, the for the two-time Pro Bowl running back. The Falcons could open up talks once again, if they so choose, or simply cut Freeman loose to clear the capital.
The 27-year-old has been with the Falcons ever since they drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Florida State. He took ahold of the starting job in 2015 and has managed that role ever since. After posting back-to-back thousand yard rushing seasons with 27 total touchdowns in 2015 and 2016, Freeman's production has fallen off and has yet to get back over the thousand yard mile marker on the ground. In 14 games last season, he rushed for 656 yards on a career-low 3.6 yards a carry and two rushing scores. He did catch 59 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns to make his 2019 campaign a bit more respectable.
Josh Norman couldn't be more excited about being cut by Washington
He was traded to Washington, which made him the highest-paid cornerback in the game at the time of his contract. Unfortunately for Washington, Norman never played up to his deal. The stellar play that he displayed with the Panthers was rarely seen during his four seasons in the nation’s capital.Perhaps Norman feels Washington just never gave him a chance to succeed. Whatever the case, he’s clearly excited to have another chance to hit the open market. Likely, despite his poor play in Washington, Norman will get that chance.
Despite that production as a pass catcher, the Falcons may need to make the hard call of either keeping Freeman around or cutting bait, clearing the cap space and handing the reins over toand others in the backfield.
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Stafford’s wife blasts Lions, hints at move to Chargers .
Stafford, 32, missed the final half of last season with a back injury. He has been in Detroit since being selected No. 1 overall in 2009.While the Lions have denied the rumors, Stafford’s wife, Kelly, was on Instagram blasting the team and hinting at her husband playing for the Los Angeles Chargers.