Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff recently mentioned that the safety position happens to be one of the areas they will look for improvements during offseason.
“Do we need a safety? I think it’s always important to have good, experienced safeties and safeties that will make plays on the ball and be adept and consistent tacklers,’’ commented Dimitroff on an interview for ESPN. “We will always look to continue to improve depth, like we’ve always said. Improving our group of safeties, that’s always going to be an important thing for us.’’
DeCoud, 28, signed a five-year contract worth $17.5 million that included $4 million guaranteed with the Falcons back in 2012. He was also selected a Pro Bowl that year, but really struggled a lot this season in both tackling and coverage.
Pro Football Focus rated DeCoud as one of the worst qualifying safeties in the league — No. 83 out of 86 players.
Releasing DeCoud would free up $3 million in cap space, according to Overthecap.com, which is an important consideration given that Atlanta is currently projected to have just $6.8 million in available cap space this offseason.
According to McClure , the Falcons “seem to be eyeing a veteran safety” and lists Bills S Jairus Byrd and Panthers S Mike Mitchell as speculative options that Atlanta could consider in the free agent market.
We have both of those players included in our Top 100 Free Agents list.