The Atlanta Falcons see one of their pass rushers depart for the LA Chargers under Jim Harbaugh.

The Atlanta Falcons had shown interest in Bud Dupree throughout the offseason, considering him a key part of their defense in 2023 and possibly their top edge rusher. However, Dupree ultimately chose to sign a two-year contract with the Chargers, joining Harbaugh’s defense.

It appears that the Falcons were unlikely to match the second year of the contract offered by the Chargers, especially considering their limited cap space and the long-term need for a player in Dupree’s position.

For the Chargers, Dupree adds depth at a reasonable cost, complementing their strong defensive lineup. This move also helps them navigate their financial situation. Given Harbaugh’s track record, the Chargers could become even more formidable under his leadership.

The Falcons’ failure to retain Dupree or Campbell raises concerns about their pass-rushing options. While there is hope for Ebiketie’s development with increased playing time, concerns remain about his ability to defend against the run and finish plays. Lorenzo Carter is considered a finished product, known for his effort but lacking in pass-rushing prowess.

The team’s hopes for improvement now rest largely on rookie Trice. However, it’s important to temper expectations for Trice, as rookie pass rushers typically take time to develop and may not have immediate impact. While Trice will likely contribute, relying on him as the primary pass rusher may be premature.

Given their financial constraints, the Falcons should explore other potential free agent options to bolster their young pass rush.

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