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Atlanta Falcons getting cap space relief Friday, so is a Devonta Freeman contract next?

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Making the biggest impact in his Atlanta Falcons career, Tyson Jackson's post-June 1st cap relief will give the team plenty of options to extend their current players. As of Thursday morning, the NFL Player's Association has the Falcons with $6 million in cap space. Spotrac gives the team $3.5 million, and Over the Cap gives the team $3.3 million.

I can't tell you which one is right, but I know the Falcons will add $4.25 million on Friday.

Depending on who you listen to, the Falcons should end up with between $8 to $10 million in cap space, assuming the above cap projections don't already include Jackson's cut. While I have been skeptical the team can get a deal done, this certainly opens up the possibility they can keep Devonta Freeman for the long term.

Teams typically want to keep $4 to $5 million free during the season in case they need to sign some injury replacements. The Falcons could theoretically keep Freeman on a multi-year deal in the $7 to $8 million range, and leave enough room for contingencies. It's great that Tyson Jackson can finally help out the team.