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Falcons Named Landing Spot for Veteran Starting WR

The Atlanta Falcons have added pass catchers in the first round of each of the past three NFL drafts. CBS Sports’ Garrett Podell argued on February 21 that they should add another one in Tyler Boyd through free agency.

Podell named the Falcons one of three teams as the best fit for Boyd, who is set to be a free agent in March.

“Obviously, his best fit as a reliable slot receiver and run blocker is with Cincy,” wrote Podell.

“However, the Atlanta Falcons could use those qualities with Van Jefferson and Scott Miller failing to impress alongside Drake London and Kyle Pitts last season. Boyd is the type of reliable veteran pass-catcher the next Falcons quarterback could rely on with ease while also being an asset helping to block for Bijan Robinson.”

Boyd posted back-to-back seasons of 1,000 receiving yards during 2018 and 2019. But since then, he’s taken a back seat to new Cincinnati receiving stars Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins.

Podell argued that Chase and Higgins are both due “significant raises” this offseason. That could make it difficult for the Bengals to re-sign Boyd.

The Falcons wouldn’t need Boyd to be a No. 1 receiver for him to be valuable. The Falcons already have elite pass catchers in Drake London, Kyle Pitts and Bijan Robinson.

All three of those playmakers, though, are still under 24 years old. Boyd could provide a veteran presence while also supplying secondary receiving production.

In 2023, Boyd posted 67 receptions, 667 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. The 29-year-old has registered at least 660 receiving yards in each of the past six seasons.

In 120 NFL games, Boyd, has recorded 513 catches, 6,000 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns.

Podell projected Boyd to be worth $26.1 million on a 3-year contract this offseason. Such a deal would pay Boyd $8.7 million on an average annual basis.

Podell also linked Boyd to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency.