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The beauty of offensive linemen is that they can play for a long time without losing their abilities. Justin Blalock is going to be 30 heading into the 2014 season and will be a great asset on a line that is looking to have a ton of younger players on it.
However, if he truly wants to help improve the line, he'll take a simple restructure that would allow the Falcons to open up $2.43 million in cap space and help bring in someone like an Alex Mack or a Geoff Schwartz on the line to help truly push it into an NFL average group.
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Restructure Bonus totals at $3.645 million. Base Salary in 2014 reduces to $855,000.
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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football, NFL and NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.