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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, Feb. 17

Links for Presidents’ Day.

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Some of you have the day off, but we’re still churning away down here in The Falcoholic content mines, holiday or not. Start your Presidents’ Day with Falcoholinks and get up to speed with all of the Atlanta Falcons news and notes.

Keanu Neal & year 5

Keanu Neal is entering his fifth year in Atlanta, but with his recent injury history, is there a possibility that the Falcons elect to move on prior to 2020? Here’s everything that you need to know about Keanu’s fifth year option.

Arthur Blank on Devonta’s Falcons future

Devonta Freeman is a prime cut candidate, even though it will come with a hefty amount of dead cap money on the books. Owner Arthur Blank showed his cards a bit with his recent comments about Devonta Freeman, and doesn’t appear optimistic that he’s in the team’s plans next season.

Cuts are coming

We’re nearing free agency, and with the Falcons needing to free up some cash to address pressing needs and potentially re-sign Austin Hooper, we’re likely to see a wave of cuts in the coming weeks.

An eye to the future

The Falcons have made curious decisions over the years in an attempt to put together the team for the moment, but lacking a real long-term vision for success. Falcoholic EIC Dave Choate makes the case that the team should not be seduced by the temptation of building the team merely for 2020, but should keep the future firmly in mind.

A recent history of defensive ends

With the 2020 NFL Draft looming and Atlanta in the market for a new defensive end, it’s prudent to look back at the DEs drafted under the current regime. It’s not been a pretty picture, with only one Pro Bowl berth among the lot.