The Atlanta Falcons have begun making changes to their coaching staff. As the offseason progresses, fans should expect more alterations to the roster.
It likely won't happen until June, but one of the big decisions the Falcons have to make before the 2019 season is what to do with veteran cornerback Robert Alford. He turned 30 years old in November and will count as a $9.1 million cap hit during the 2019 season.
Alford has been a good player for the Falcons but not great. He played in 15 games this season, recording 11 pass deflections but zero interceptions. He has one interception in the last 31 games. Alford also made 50 total tackles in 2018.
Now on the wrong side of 30, the Falcons could move on from Alford, releasing him on or after June 1, and he would only count as a $600,000 cap hit in 2019. If the team does this, the Falcons would also incur a $600,000 cap hit for the 2020 season.
With the additional cap space, Atlanta could address all of its needs on defense through free agency, though, admittedly, the free agent pool is a lot shallower in June than March.
The Falcons could look to add a cornerback in the draft or free agency, but as of right now, the team appears confident in Isaiah Oliver. The 22-year-old, who the Falcons drafted in the second round of the 2018 draft, stole snaps from Alford down the stretch of the season and recorded 23 tackles in 14 games.