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Falcons Projected to Sign $231 Million QB

The Atlanta Falcons remain a candidate to trade up for a quarterback in the 2024 NFL draft. But signing a signal caller in free agency is a possibility too. On February 22, Pro Football Network’s Dallas Robinson predicted the Falcons to target Kirk Cousins in free agency.

“While Kirk Cousins is 36 and coming off a torn Achilles, he should still be able to land between $30 million and $40 million annually on the open market,” Robinson wrote. “He could re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings, but they cannot franchise-tag him this offseason. Cousins will hit the open market, and the Falcons stand out as an obvious suitor.

“New Atlanta OC Zac Robinson comes from the Los Angeles Rams and will run a Sean McVay-inspired scheme that Cousins is already intimately familiar with, thanks to his time with Vikings head coach (and former Rams staffer) Kevin O’Connell.”

Cousins signed a 1-year, $35 million extension with the Minnesota Vikings for the 2023 season last summer. According to Spotrac, he has earned roughly $231.7 million in his 12-year NFL career.

The Falcons certainly have a need at quarterback. Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke are both under contract for the 2024 season. But Ridder and Heinicke combined to average 7.1 yards per attempt with only 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last year.

Neither one should enter the 2024 season as the front-runner to start. If the Falcons sign a signal caller such as Cousins, they could cut Heinicke to save $6.5 million against the salary cap.

That could help the Falcons open up enough cap space required to sign Cousins.

If Cousins’ asking price is indeed $30-40 million, the Falcons will need a little more space. Spotrac reported the team has about $30 million in space already with more roster cuts likely on the way.

Cousins suffered a right torn Achilles tendon on October 29. But his recovery is trending in the right direction, and Cousins should be ready to participate in offseason workouts.

In eight games last season, Cousins posted 7.5 yards per attempt with 18 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He’d be significant immediate upgrade for the Falcons behind center.