We all wanted to see the Falcons roll into 2016 with cap space and make some noise in free agency, given how many holes are on this current roster. We don't know if this will be a splashy free agency or not—I always lean toward no—but they certainly have the means to make it one.
It's worth remembering that the Falcons almost certainly are not done paring salary off the roster, which means they could come away with around $35 million when all is said and done. That's a lot of cap space, of course, but nearly every team in the NFL is sitting on some fairly serious cap space at the moment. The Falcons will have to bid a little higher for their preferred players in that environment, but at least they won't find themselves unable to do so.
It's worth noting two things:
- As Aaron Freeman at FalcFans points out, the $30-plus million estimate is based on Paul Soliai being an immediate cut, not designated as a June one.
- As reader grendelg also points out, the Falcons only have a league-low number of players under contract at the moment, so some of this money will be eaten back up by simply acquiring and re-signing depth.
Now the question becomes who the team will spend it on. The answer, I hope? Good players.