The Atlanta Falcons will bid farewell to 2018’s core special teamer and a depth cornerback.
Can confirm Ravens are working to finalize deal with CB Justin Bethel, as first reported by @JasonLaCanfora. Ravens always looking to bolster special teams and secondary depth.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) March 15, 2019
Bethel had 14 tackles in 14 games for the Falcons and helped mentor 2018 rookie and young special teams contributor Russell Gage, per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.
McClure notes that Bethel had his 100th special teams tackle with the Falcons, a sterling accomplishment for one of the decade’s better special teams aces.
The team might not find quite as good a special teams player as Bethel, though they can fill his depth role in the secondary with a free agent or in the draft.
Gage will definitely be taking more of a primary role on special teams with Bethel’s departure, and we imagine new STs coach Ben Kotwica will have a new guy or two in mind with veterans available or with guys in the draft to continue bolstering that unit.
We wish Bethel all the best in Baltimore, and thank him for his season with the team. We’ll see how Kotwica revamps this group this fall.