With less than $7 million in salary cap space coming into free agency, there were doubts whether the Atlanta Falcons would be able to sign anybody at all let alone have the ability to make a major splash in free agency.
Well, it wasn't really a major splash, but less than 24 hours after restructuring quarterback Matt Ryan's contract to double their salary cap space, the Falcons signed two potential starting offensive guards in James Carpenter and Jamon Brown.
Carpenter comes from the New York Jets and signed a 4-year, $21 million deal to land in Atlanta. Brown also played in New York last year for the Giants and will be coming to the Falcons on a 3-year, $18.75 million contract according to reports.
Both guards weight in excess of 320 pounds, leading us to believe at Falcons Maven that Dan Quinn and Dirk Koetter are serious about re-establishing a running game. The size of Carpenter and Brown alone should be able to create running lanes for Devonta Freeman.
Carpenter and Brown each graded out as average at best in 2018 according to Pro Football Focus. Brown was actually below average based on the PFF grades. However, the Falcons supposedly view both as starters in 2019, meaning that each are upgrades over what Atlanta had at guard last year.
To sign two starters with the amount of salary cap space the Falcons had coming into the week is no small feat.