Here are some of the more interesting reads from the past week involving the Atlanta Falcons:
Dave Choate writes about making peace with the draft class. I agree, serenity is the path to salvation. I may not ultimately agree with every selection the Falcons make come draft day, but I still tend to give them all the benefit of the doubt. The draft is such a crapshoot, and which players actually work out versus those that don’t is too much of an unknown to be overly positive or negative towards the picks.
Generally, my reaction to every pick is one of the following three:
- “Wow, I love this player! I hope he lives up to his potential.”
- “Alright, he’s a decent player. I hope he lives up to his potential.”
- “Meh, I’m not in love with this player. I hope he lives up to his potential.”
Notice the common thread in all of those reactions, since those things are really unknown. But all that is involved is the hope that a player stays healthy and goes on to have a successful NFL career.
Now that Julio Jones is locked up through 2015, the next step is getting a contract extension signed according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. McClure writes that it’s possible that a long-term deal for Jones could average around $11-12 million per year. I think that is very much an underestimation when all things are said and done. If Jones signs for less than $14 million/yr, I will be shocked. It might even exceed $16 million annually, matching the two biggest contracts for wide receivers currently in the league: Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald.
In case you missed this past weeks articles on FalcFans:
- Draft Needs: Do Falcons Need Another Backup Quarterback?
- Takeaways from Last Week – April 28, 2014
- Draft Needs: Can the Falcons Add Steven Jackson’s Successor?
- Draft Needs: Do the Falcons Need to Draft a Fullback?
- Draft Needs: Is Levine Toilolo Ready to Start?
- Draft Needs: Have Falcons Really Improved Depth at Wide Receiver?
- Draft Needs: Do Falcons Really Need Upgrade at Tackle?
- Draft Needs: Should Falcons Add More Depth at Guard
- Draft Needs: Are Falcons Okay at Center?
- Falcons Exercise Fifth-Year Option on Julio Jones
- Draft Needs: More Beef Needed on Falcons Defensive Interior?
- Draft Needs: Are Falcons Desperately Seeking an Edge-Rusher?
- Draft Needs: Falcons Looking to Replace Weatherspoon at Linebacker?
- Falcons Pick Up Tight End Bear Pascoe
- Draft Needs: Do Falcons Need More Size at Cornerback?
- Draft Needs: Is Dwight Lowery Enough for Falcons at Safety?