While it’s easy to focus on the fact that Julio Jones wanted to be traded, there’s an important aspect to the trade that is now coming to fruition: freed up cap space. Before the move, the Falcons were just a few hundred thousand under the cap and had no room to sign their rookie class.
Just two days ago the team made moves to sign many of their draft picks, particularly guys taken on day 3. Today they moved one step closer to getting the entire class signed by announcing the signings of Darren Hall and Drew Dalman.
Taken with pick 108 in the fourth round, Darren Hall may get a chance to contribute at corner sooner rather than later. The 5’11” CB out of San Diego State was taken to compete for depth at the position. The guys ahead of him aren’t exactly stars on the roster, so if he can show out in camp he may see playing time in 2021.
The Falcons took center Drew Dalman with their 114th pick in the fourth round and he figures to compete over the long-term for the starting center position. Coming out of Stanford, Dalman will probably need to put on some weight to compete but his athleticism makes him a player to keep your eyes on.
At this point, the only rookies who have not been signed are first round pick Kyle Pitts and second round safety Richie Grant. We fully expect those deals to be finalized before training camp begins at the end of July.
Welcome our two newest signed rookies to the Falcons!