The Atlanta Falcons’ lone remaining unsigned rookie, first-round pick Vic Beasley, agreed to terms of a four-year deal according to WSB-TV’s Zach Klein. Per Klein, Beasley’s deal is worth $14.5 million fully guaranteed and also includes a signing bonus of $8.8 million. Per ESPN, Beasley is set to put his name on the dotted line tomorrow officially. Beasley’s signing now means that the Falcons’ entire 2015 NFL Draft class is under terms.
The Falcons selected Beasley with their top selection, the eighth overall pick in this past April’s draft. Beasley was a highly productive pass-rusher at Clemson the past two years, tallying a total of 44.5 tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks over that span.
Beasley is a designated pass-rusher that will play defensive end for the Falcons this year despite being listed as an outside linebacker on the team’s official roster. He is expected to be a part of the Falcons’ rotation with the near certainty that he will make his presence known at least on passing downs in 2015. The big question remains whether or not the Falcons will also utilize Beasley, who is listed at only 246 pounds, in their base packages at defensive end.
Beasley is expected to play the “LEO” defensive end position, but Falcons head coach Dan Quinn noted during yesterday’s state of the franchise event that returning eighth-year veteran defensive end Kroy Biermann will also be playing that position. Biermann is one of the team’s better run-defenders and thus it would make sense if the Falcons try to utilize him on early run downs, and deploy Beasley predominantly as a sub-package player.