The Falcons announced on Monday they won’t pursue contract negotiations with LB Vic Beasley this offseason.
“As we continue to craft our 2020 roster, we’d like to thank Vic for five years of effort on behalf of our organization,” Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said.
BREAKING NEWS: We will not pursue negotiations with Vic Beasley this offseason. https://t.co/AWbxv1SiGi
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) February 3, 2020
Beasley seemed to be on the verge of becoming one of the NFL’s breakout pass rushers when he led the NFL in sacks with 15.5 in 2016. However, he struggled in the following years, eventually being shopped by the Falcons at the trade deadline this past season.
Though Beasley finished the 2019 season strong with four sacks in the final four games, it appears the team decided a fresh start was best for both sides.
Beasley, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Falcons back in 2015. He played out the final year of his four-year, $14.5 million contract but the Falcons picked up his fifth-year option worth $14,200,000 for the 2019 season.
In 2019, Beasley appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons and recorded 42 total tackles, 8 sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass defenses.
We have Beasley listed in our Top 100 2020 NFL Free Agents list.