In the wake of losing Grady Jarrett for the year, the Falcons have moved quickly in adding depth along the defensive interior. Kentavius Street has been dealt from Philadelphia to Atlanta, the Eagles announced on Monday.
The Eagles will send Street and a 2025 seventh-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for a sixth-rounder in 2024. That falls in line with the terms of many recent trades made around the league. It will create a slight uptick in cap space for Philadelphia, while giving Atlanta another option along the defensive front with Jarrett having been lost for the season due to a torn ACL.
Street spent his first three seasons with the 49ers, serving in a rotational capacity. He then played with the Saints in 2022, where he continued to show flashes as a pass rusher. The 27-year-old reached a new career high with 3.5 sacks (after recording 3.0 the previous year). Now, after a brief stint in Philadelphia, Street will reunite with Falcons defensive coordinator Ryan Nielson after the pair worked together in New Orleans.
Atlanta’s defensive re-tooling efforts saw the additions of David Onyemata and Kaden Elliss during the offseason, and those ex-Saints will provide Street with familiar faces upon arrival in Atlanta. The latter played just 87 defensive snaps with the Eagles this year, an illustration of the NFC champions’ depth along the defensive front. Street will no doubt see a larger workload in Atlanta.
The NC State alum has eclipsed the 40% snap threshold twice in his career, and Jarrett’s absence will clear a path for Street taking on a rotational role with the Falcons. Signed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, he will represent a low-cost addition for the 4-4 Falcons as they look to maintain their lead in the NFC South. Part of their success in 2023 has been a strong pass defense, but the team has put up middling numbers against the run so far. Ahead of another trip to free agency, Street will have the opportunity to boost his stock over the stretch run.