Jessie Bates III
In 2023, the Falcons signed Bates to a four-year, $64 million contract. Bates left Cincinnati because he wouldn’t play under the franchise tag. He was one of their best players over the previous couple of years. Atlanta had a tough decision because they’re rebuilding but he is a top talent.
Nobody can blame Bates for wanting to make as much cash as possible. However, some analysts believed that the franchise overpaid him when they could have spread that money around the roster. It’s a common debate when teams go big and invest heavily in a single athlete (via Sports Illustrated).