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The Falcons have a no-brainer decision to make on Vic Beasley’s fifth year option

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Gee, what should they do? Think think think.

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Let’s say your name was Dhomas Timitroff, and you were the chief personnel executive of sorts for the Fatlanta Alcons. You have a player named Bic Veasley, who has had one elite season and two quality ones, and you have the option to give him a fifth-year option that would allow you another year of breathing room before you commit to a massive long term deal. What are you going to do?

While this scenario may seem far-fetched and unfamiliar, it turns out it has real world parallels to the situation faced by Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons right now with Vic Beasley. This will be Beasley’s fourth NFL season, and the team will need to make a decision in the coming months about whether they want to give him his fifth-year option, sign him to a long-term deal after his fourth season, or (in an event so unlikely that it’s barely worth mentioning) not signing him at all and letting him walk.

Honestly, it’s an easy call: The Falcons should give Beasley his fifth-year option without blinking, and then get started on a contract extension for the following season.

The reasons for that are myriad, but here’s a neat summation: Beasley is still very young, he has proven to be a canny pass rusher when he’s not dealing with injuries or being moved around the defense, and the Falcons have had a precious lack of quality pass rushers in their long history. Beasley could very well be one of—if not the best—pass rusher the team is going to have over the next decade, and they’d be foolish to play hardball with him, or risk him getting near the open market. The fifth year option gives them a little more time to watch him play and make sure he’s worth the massive contract he’s on the verge of receiving, but there’s very little chance they’ll pass on doing so. They just get one more year of relatively affordable Vic Beasley (which is still north of $10 million, easily) before the long-term deal kicks in.

The only reason to pass on this is if the Falcons, who appear headed for some genuine cap crunches in future seasons, decide to get a deal done with Beasley early to try to mitigate his cap hits in 2019 and 2020. It’s within the realm of possibility, but the option remains the likeliest outcome because the keys are in the team’s hands.

It’s an easy call, in other words, and one I expect the Falcons to make in the next several months.