Falcons Add Fowler to Bolster Pass Rush

Former Gator had breakout season with the Rams in 2019

Will Palaszczuk
March 18, 2020 - 2:59 pm

The Atlanta Falcons made their first big addition to the defense in the 2020 offseason by signing former Rams defensive end Dante Fowler to a reported three-year deal.

Fowler notched a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2019, his first full season with the Rams after the Jaguars traded him to Los Angeles in the 2018 season. Atlanta fans may remember Fowler's work with the Florida Gators, where his 8.5 sacks his junior year earned him the third overall pick from Jacksonville in 2015. Fowler struggled to get on the field in his first two seasons with the Jaguars, as injuries and a lack of production forced the trade in his third season to the Rams.

The Falcons addressed their top need this offseason, improving their pass rush with Fowler's signing. Atlanta jettisoned Vic Beasley following his rookie deal, and still has not made a decision on the fifth-year rookie option of DE Takk McKinley. While the Falcons brought back defensive lineman Tyeler Davison on a three-year extension, Atlanta could also work to address its defensive line depth in the draft. Along with the 16th overall selection in the NFL Draft, Atlanta still holds a second-round pick (#47 overall) after trading the 55th pick earlier this week to acquire Ravens TE Hayden Hurst.

Atlanta made CB Desmond Trufant's release official late Wednesday, giving him a post-June 1 designation. The money they will recoup from that designation ($10.75 million) gives the Falcons the cap space needed to sign Fowler.