Falcons turned down trade offers for Vic Beasley
Vic Beasley and the Atlanta Falcons have been one of the most intriguing teams to watch so far in the 2018 NFL season. They have had an incredibly high-powered offense, but their defense has been wrecked by injuries. Despite the issues they have run into, the Falcons are 4-4 following their big win over the Washington Redskins.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Falcons were approached ahead of the trade deadline from teams with interest in acquiring Beasley. They had no interest in moving their star linebacker.
Before the trade deadline, the #Falcons had teams trying to trade for pass-rusher Vic Beasley. They decided to stick with him, not giving up on their former first-rounder or the season. pic.twitter.com/Kph4MWev1X
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 4, 2018
Beasley has big potential, but has had a rough 2018 season thus far. He has recorded just seven tackles, a sack, and a defended pass so far this year. Those numbers may not look like something that the Falcons need to keep around, but his potential alone is what has kept his job safe.
Back in 2016 in his second NFL season, Beasley racked up 15.5 sacks. He is without question capable of being one of the league’s most prolific pass rushers.
Last season, Beasley had just five sacks and showed signs of regression. Despite the regression, Atlanta is making it clear that they still fully believe that Beasley will get things back on track.
At 26 years old, Beasley is in the prime of his career from a physical standpoint. If he can get back to playing at the level that he did in 2016, Atlanta’s defense is going to be much more dangerous. On the other hand, if he can’t, the Falcons could revisit trading him in the offseason.