Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team views recently re-signed offensive linemen Ty Sambrailo as the team’s starting right tackle.
Sambrailo moved past Ryan Schraeder last season and also started the final game at right guard.
“Right now, it would be tackle,” Quinn said. “What is nice about Ty is that he does give you some versatility. He started games at tackle. He started games at guard.
“It almost allows you to say which space do you want to go to put him knowing that he has starting ability. Tackle first. Guard second.”
Sambrailo will sit at the No. 1 right tackle spot in part because it’s “(easier to find guards) and his ability to pass protect,” Quinn said. “But if there was somebody that we said this tackle is the best fit, that’s what nice, Ty could slide into guard.”
For now, Schraeder would have to compete for the backup swing tackle spot. Also, Matt Gono, a developmental tackle, was on the active roster last season.
“We know that tackle is one of the spaces that we want to look at hard,” Quinn said. “Re-signing Ty was important because of the versatility that he has at both tackle and guard.”
Sambrailo signed his three-year contract extension Feb. 19. The deal is worth $14.25 million over three years, with escalator clauses that could push it to $18 million, according to NFLPA documents.
He received a $3 million signing bonus, and the deal averages $4.75 million per year before the escalator clauses kick in in 2020 and 2021. A total of $6 million of the contract is guaranteed.
He will receive a base salary of $2 million in 2019, $4.5 million, with an escalator clause that could add money to the deal in 2020 and $4 million with an escalator clause that could add money to the deal in 2021.
It was reported by NFL Media that the deal could max out at $18 million.
Sambrailo will receive roster bonuses of $250,000 in 2019, $250,000 in 2020 and $250,000 in 2021.
Sambrailo’s salary-cap numbers are $3.25 million for 2019, $5.75 million for 2020 and $5.25 million for 2021.