Atlanta Falcons have announced on Tuesday that they will not negotiate a contract extension with their outside linebacker Vic Beasley. This decision will enable Beasley, who was the eighth overall pick in 2015, to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
The decision was confirmed by Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff in a statement released via the team’s official website.
“As we continue to craft our 2020 roster, we’d like to thank Vic for five years of effort on behalf of our organization,” said Dimitroff.
Following the announcement, Beasley posted a message on his social media in which he expressed his thanks to the Falcons’ organization.
Vic Beasley played all 16 games last season, contributing with 8.0 sacks and career-high 42 tackles. Still, Falcons’ decision to move on from him doesn’t come as a big surprise.
Despite a monster sophomore season, in which he had 15.5 sacks, Beasley was rather inconsistent during his time in the league. Given his production, Atlanta didn’t consider it was worthwhile keeping him on the roster, especially as the team has several other big decisions to make on the defensive side of the ball.
Beasley, on the other hand, is expected to have multiple suitors in the free agency. He is still young, and teams could be intrigued whether a change of system could help him realize the big potential from his college days.