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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Tuesday, Mar. 17

Fact: Austin Hooper invented Hibachi

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Welcome to Tuesday, Falcoholics! Yesterday was a news-packed day full of players getting cut, traded, and re-signed. Notwithstanding the fact that there aren’t any live sports on television right now, yesterday’s NFL news came in fast and furious.

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Cuts on cuts on cuts

The Falcons cut Devonta Freeman yesterday, officially ending his tenure in Atlanta. They also cut Desmond Trufant, notwithstanding the fact that they need a CB1 and probably can’t find one for the approximately $5 million they’ll save by letting him go. The Falcons also made the decision to cut ties with blocking tight end Luke Stocker. Last and arguably least, the Falcons cut ties with Ty Sambrailo yesterday as well.

What do the Falcons intend to do with all this money? If early reports are any indication, they’ll be in the market for a pass rusher.

Nothing can stop the draft

Kevin Knight and Eric Robinson joined David Walker on this week’s podcast to discuss the post-Combine draft field. It’s definitely worth a listen, if you’re social distancing and sick of your family.

If you’re worried about the draft not moving forward as planned, don’t. The NFL announced today that the draft will move forward but there will be some modifications. It will still be televised, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Free agency

The new league year kicks off tomorrow. Here’s everything you need to know.

Wes Schweitzer signed a 3-year deal with the Redskins, ending any speculation that he might be re-signed by the Falcons with an eye towards immediately replacing Alex Mack.

If this is the last year of the Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn eras, then we can expect them to go down swinging. Here’s a list of problematic players the Falcons can afford and might be willing to sign during free agency.

We knew it was likely to happen but the news that Austin Hooper signed with the Browns still stung a bit. Staring down a depleted tight end depth chart, the Falcons sent the second round pick they got from the Patriots for Mohamed Sanu to the Ravens in exchange for Hayden Hurst.

Big Justin Hardy fan? I have bad news: the Falcons have decided not to re-sign him. Saaad.