If you had $12.8 million, what would you do with it? Would you start a charity? Or would buy approximately 2.85 million chicken nuggets, at a cost of roughly 45 cents/nugget? If you were the Falcons front office, you’d probably use it to exercise a decidedly mediocre pass rusher’s 5th year option.
As frustrating players go, Beasley stands out from the pack. His 15.5 sacks in 2016 were surely an anomaly, and no one is trying to hold him to that standard, but we know he’s not playing to his true potential. Beasley’s ceiling is likely somewhere between that monstrous 2016 campaign and what we’ve seen over the past couple seasons. No one is saying he has to be otherworldly, but it’d sure be nice if he were consistent.
Including Beasley, the Falcons currently have three defensive ends on their roster. Knowing that, it’d be logical to assume the Falcons intend to rely heavily on him in 2019. But hold your horses, because that might not be the case. While they are surely betting on a resurgence from Beasley, they’d be smart to hedge their bet with some quality draft picks. By adding some guys that can play in the edge in the second or third days of the draft, the Falcons could effectively lighten Beasley’s load. If they don’t go that route, then we certainly know how the feel about Beasley headed into 2019. (In short, they’re going to ride that first round draft pick into the ground, if necessary.)
Next month’s draft will tell us a lot about the Falcons feel about Beasley. For better or worse, the Falcons are committed to him for at least one more year. But in any case, his role will be more clearly defined after the draft wraps.