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Atlanta Falcons get WR Darnell Mooney

With quarterback taken care of on Day 1 of the contact period of NFL Free Agency, the Atlanta Falcons addressed another big need on Day 2. Ian Rapoport reported that the Falcons will sign former Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney.

“Sources: The Falcons are signing Bears WR Darnell Mooney, giving them a key new playmaker for Kirk Cousins,” reported Rapoport on X. “Mooney gets a 3-year, $39M deal with $26M fully guaranteed.”

Mooney is a 5’11 and 175 pound receiver that adds a very different skillset to the Falcons’ roster. Atlanta has the twin towers in Kyle Pitts and Drake London, but they’ve lacked the quicker-inside receiver since Russell Gage left as a free agent after the 2021 season.

Mooney was originally a 5th-round pick by the Bears out of Tulane in the 2020 NFL Draft. He posted a 4.38 forty at the NFL Combine that year.

He had 31 catches for 441 yards and a touchdown last season. The high-dollar contract with relatively low production may be an indication on what the Falcons thought of Justin Fields as a passer. They gave $100-million guaranteed to Kirk Cousins and poached one of Fields’s receivers with pedestrian numbers.

The contract for Mooney in real terms comes out to two-years, $26 million with a third-year club option. The Falcons can get out from the deal after 2025. Much like with Kirk Cousins.

Obtaining Darnell Mooney won’t stop the Falcons from adding additional receivers in the offseason. This gives them London, Josh Ali, and now Mooney on the roster. It’s a deep draft class at receiver. However, the Falcons may look at edge rusher at No. 8, or slightly lower if they trade down with a quarterback-needy team like the Minnesota Vikings or Denver Broncos.

The NFL Draft is loaded with receivers to be had in the second round.

READ MORE: Kirk Cousins Contract & Salary Cap for Atlanta Falcons

Dallas Turner of Alabama and Jared Verse of Florida State are two players to keep an eye on. A sneaky need for the Falcons remains offensive tackle. Jake Matthews is getting older, and Kaleb McGary is a liability in pass protection.

This move probably takes Atlanta out of the Danielle Hunter sweepstakes. It’s not impossible, but the Falcons added roughly $35 million in money against the salary cap with Cousins and Mooney.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at Scout.com, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.
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