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Bucs Nation Podcast: Behind Enemy Lines with the Atlanta Falcons

Adnan Ikic of The Falcoholic joins the show to talk free agency, contract restructuring, and each team’s biggest needs in the off season

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan meet after the week 17 matchup at Raymond James Stadium.
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In recent news, we’ve heard about Tom Brady’s discussing a restructured contract with the front office. We’ve also heard of Matt Ryan doing the same in Atlanta. It presents more options for the team to build around the key pieces already in place. Especially when you have a team creating a new image with a new head coach and general manager.

There are a lot of moving pieces in Atlanta right now. Falcons newly appointed General Manager Terry Fontenot has fired the majority of the long standing front office staff to replace with his own. He’s also already stressed he’ll be heavily looking at the quarterback and wide receiver positions despite Matt Ryan and Julio Jones still under contract. Whether it’s for healthy competition or protecting the future, the Falcons are getting a major face lift.

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So, where do the Falcons direct their focus in the off season ? Todd Gurley’s under performance has certainly left them wide open at the running back position. Do they put more focus on free agency or on the NFL Draft.

With negative cap space, the draft may be their primary option. With the number four overall pick, they have a few options. Maybe they’ll finally pick up their future quarterback, or they could possibly trade down to open up more options.

The Bucs top three free agents Chris Godwin, Lavonte David, and Shaquil Barrett still have large looming question marks. What does the restructuring of Tom Brady’s contract do to bring some of those guys back, if it has any impact at all? What do they do at running back, if Ronald Jones II is not their primary back? Still a lot of questions, and the NFC South is watching.

The Bucs are in a good position to bring in just about any free agent prospect they want. Former Buccaneer Gerald McCoy recently said on Sirius XM NFL that he would love to make a return to Tampa. It could be a solid play if the front office can’t get something done with Suh, but it might be a disruption more than help though.

On this week’s episode of the Bucs Nation Podcast, I’m joined by writer and contributor for The Falcoholic, and co-host of The Falcoholic Live Podcast available on YouTube, Adnan Ikic. Adnan helps us break down what’s happening behind enemy lines.

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