Will Falcons investment in O-line pay off?

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
May 28, 2019 - 1:43 pm

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The Atlanta Falcons spent most of their offseason revamping their offensive line, both in free agency and in the draft. Now, we know just how much they spent to upgrade the line: $80.3 million ($51.7 million guaranteed).

Falcons beat reporter for the AJC, D. Orlando Ledbetter, had the breakdown in a recent article:

• James Carpenter, G: $21 million, $9.2 million guaranteed
• Jamon Brown, G: $18.7 million, 12.7 million guaranteed
• Chris Lindstrom, G: $14.7 million fully guaranteed
• Ty Sambrailo, T/G: $14.2 million, $6 million guaranteed. He has an escalator that could push his deal up to $18 million
• John Wetzel, T: $720,000 with no guaranteed money
• Adam Gettis, G: $805,000 with no guaranteed money

Will the Falcons investment pay off? Andy Bunker says if you're mad at the team investing in the offensive line, he's got one answer for you:

"You're basically saying, if that's your opinion, you're saying that they spent too much on trying to make the offensive line better which is not something you should ever say" Bunker said.

"That's a good thing for a football to do that especially a football team that allowed their quarterback to get hit 150 times last year."

Quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked 42 times and hit 108 times last season after starting guards Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco went out. While a revamped offensive line will help protect the million dollar QB, it'll also have a positive impact on another position.

"It's so big for the run game and Devonta Freeman," Randy McMichael said. "It just adds another dimension to this team, the play-action pass is there."