“I don’t have a lot of concerns on that right now,” Licht said, via ESPN.com. “We have a head coach [Bruce Arians] that, to be quite frank, isn’t gonna be here for the next 15, 20 years coaching the Buccaneers. So I think it was actually a perfect marriage: You’ve got two guys that have got something to prove; they want to win, they want to win now; they’ve got the same mindset.”
“Getting Tom here, quite frankly, started with hiring Bruce last year,” Licht added. “I don’t know if we would be in this situation right now without Bruce Arians as our head coach. And they’re kind of living parallel lives right now; they’ve got something to prove, and they want to do it now.”
- Vaughn McClure mentions that the signing of LB Deone Bucannon is a low risk, low cost addition for Atlanta, who have a limited amount of cap space remaining.
- McClure also notes that the Falcons will also receive around $11 million in cap relief after releasing CB Desmond Trufant with a post-June 1st dedication.
- Geoff Mosher mentioned on the “Inside the Birds” podcast that the Falcons are among the interested teams in free agent OLB Vinny Curry.
- ESPN’s Brady Henderson mentions Seahawks second-round DE Darrell Taylor has a chance to make an immediate impact given how thin Seattle’s edge-rushing rotation is.
- Third-round G Damien Lewis also has an opportunity to push for a starting job, though there are no guarantees for rookies in 2020 given the circumstances.
- Henderson adds first-round LB Jordyn Brooks could start as a rookie if Seahawks LB K.J. Wright doesn’t recover smoothly from offseason shoulder surgery.
- Henderson mentions fourth-round RB DeeJay Dallas as another rookie who could contribute, as the Seahawks like his receiving and pass protection ability for a third-down role and Seattle’s top-two running backs are coming off injuries.
- The rest of Seattle’s draft class, including DE Alton Robinson, TE Colby Parkinson, WR Freddie Swain and TE Stephen Sullivan, are likely buried on the depth chart or just looking to make the team in 2020, per Henderson.