Falcons announce they won’t re-sign Vic Beasley
“As we continue to craft our 2020 roster, we’d like to thank Vic for five years of effort on behalf of our organization,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said.
Beasley played in all 16 games this season, registering 42 tackles, eight sacks and a couple of forced fumbles.
The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Clemson, was originally selected by Atlanta with the eighth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He appeared in every contest during his rookie campaign, logging 26 tackles, four sacks, an interception and a pair of forced fumbles. Then, the following year, Beasley broke out, racking up 39 tackles, 15.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.
It looked as if Beasley was emerging as one of the top pass rushers in the league, but since then, his production has declined.
The season after his breakout 2016 campaign, Beasley finished with just 29 tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble in 14 games, and in 2018, he totaled 20 tackles, five sacks, a fumble recovery and a defensive score through 16 contests.
Beasley has durability on his side, as he has only missed two games throughout his five-year NFL career, and he certainly had a bit of a bounce-back year in 2019.
But apparently, the Falcons don’t want to pay top dollar for a guy who clearly has not been the same player the last three seasons.