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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Thursday, Mar. 19

The Falcons made a big move to start free agency.

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Free agency officially kicked off yesterday at 4:00 pm EST, so today’s Falcoholinks will get you up to speed.

Falcons land Fowler

The Falcons made a splash on the first day of free agency, landing pass rusher Dante Fowler on a three-year deal. The former Jaguar and Ram put together a career year in 2019, compiling 11.5 sacks and 35 total pressures.

He’s an immensely welcome addition on the edge of Atlanta’s defensive line, and opens up some more possibilities on what position the Falcons will choose to address with the 16th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Brady and the Bucs

Everything seems pretty surreal at the moment, including the fact that Tom Brady is leaving the New England Patriots and joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bizarre times indeed.

With Brady arriving in the NFC South, what are the implications for the Falcons?

Cuts and the cap

The Falcons moved on from running back Devonta Freeman, cornerback Desmond Trufant, swing tackle Ty Sambrailo, and tight end Luke Stocker with their recently announced cuts. With the team desperate for cap space in the run up to free agency and the draft, let’s take a look at the salary flexibility these moves have provided.

It certainly helped in the acquisition of Dante Fowler on a three-year, $48 million deal.