May 28, 2024

The Falcons emerge from their bye week, gearing up for a crucial matchup against the Saints with Desmond Ridder slated to start. Week 12 carries significant stakes, as a win could propel Atlanta to the top of the NFC South, while a loss could spell the end of their playoff aspirations. Concurrently, Ridder faces a pivotal moment to showcase his potential as a franchise quarterback.

Despite the impending seven-game evaluation, I hold the view that the Falcons should actively seek a new signal caller in the upcoming offseason. Ridder’s potential, in my estimation, places a ceiling on the team’s offensive capabilities and, consequently, the overall performance of the team.

Whether the solution comes in the form of a free agent or a draft prospect, Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot must not be complacent about the quarterback position, recognized as the most crucial in the sport. One intriguing option could be Kirk Cousins, offering experience and requiring only a short-term, high AAV contract. However, his Achilles injury adds a layer of complexity to the decision-making process.

Exploring the trade market presents another avenue for the Falcons. They could target a quarterback from a team in a position to draft talents like Drake Maye or Caleb Williams, similar to the moves involving Kyler Murray or Justin Fields in the past. Alternatively, they might opt to trade with a team looking to secure Maye or Williams while holding a preference for their current quarterback.

According to Ian Rapoport, Chicago would demand a substantial offer for a 2024 prospect to part ways with Justin Fields. This situation mirrors the previous year when the Falcons auctioned off their top draft pick to the Panthers, who selected Bryce Young. Currently, the Bears possess the 1st and 4th overall picks, potentially offering an opportunity for the Falcons to make a compelling trade. If Ryan Pace aims to build around Fields, accumulating more draft capital could prove advantageous.

Considering the circumstances, it would be unwise for the Falcons not to replicate a similar package to the one the Panthers offered last year—two first-rounders, two second-rounders, and D.J. Moore—to secure the chance to acquire Caleb Williams or Drake Maye.

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