The Falcons made it known Monday that they wouldn't be pursuing any contract negotiations with 2015 first-round pick OLB Vic Beasley, meaning he'll head to free agency looking for another suitor.
Could that be the Giants? It makes tons of sense when you break it down.
Beasley had his fifth-year option picked up by Atlanta, and he knew he needed to have a better 2019 season than his previous two that saw average production. Well, he did just that with eight sacks, 42 combined tackles, 12 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles over 16 games.
It may not have been his 15.5-sack season in 2016 that earned him First-Team All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl invite, but it was production that should have a few teams calling the 27-year-old. And his bargain of a price tag should be why GM Dave Gettleman is among those callers.
Spotrac has Beasley's market value set at $7.3 million, which is a great price for the type of player he is. Beasley could benefit from the change of scenery, and if he continues improving like he did last season on a bad Falcons team, it might even be a steal for the Giants in the end.
And the best part is that the Giants, loaded with around $62 million cap space at the moment, can still target a top-tier edge rusher and bring on Beasley if they choose to do so. Jadeveon Clowney and Shaq Barrett will headline that group.
Having a consistent pass rush is a big priority for the Giants, as it's been lost for the past few seasons. Markus Golden, whom the team should also be considering to re-sign, was the only bright spot of that group in 2019.
So add Beasley to the list of pass rushers the Giants could pursue when free agency officially opens on March 18. He's young, has produced in the past, and comes at a much lower cost than many of the others on the market.