Falcons Recap: Justin Fields rumors, Calvin Ridley trade compensation

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league and that’s where the focus tends to stay most of the time. When a team doesn’t have an established quarterback in place, it becomes a bit of an obsession for both the fans and the media.

The Atlanta Falcons have struggled to find a QB over the last two offseasons, but they’re expected to take another swing at it in 2024. February is one of the quietest months for NFL news, but the quarterback talk has been heating up for a couple of weeks.

In today’s Falcons recap, we look at some of the recent QB rumors, NFL odds for 2024, and what’s going on with Calvin Ridley‘s trade compensation.

Justin Fields unfollows Bears, Falcons become betting favorites

Fields downplayed the fact that he unfollowed the Bears on Instagram, saying he just needed a break from all the NFL talk while he goes on vacation. You can understand where Fields is coming from since NFL analysts have been debating his future every day for months. There was also a lot made out of the fact that he follows Bijan Robinson, Drake London and Kyle Pitts on Instagram, but Fields has followed them all for some time.

Despite this, the oddsmakers recently made the Falcons the betting favorites to land Fields this offseason. Check out Fields’ odds to play for all 32 NFL teams HERE.

Is Kirk Cousins a good fit in Atlanta?

Cousins is set to turn 36 before next season begins, but would the veteran QB be a good fit in Atlanta? When healthy, Cousins has been extremely consistent during the regular season. Would the Falcons be willing to pay up for a short-term solution? ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler thinks so:

J.J. McCarthy: Could Falcons draft him at pick 8?

J.J. McCarthy is the prospect that nobody can seem to agree on this offseason. After leading Michigan to a National Championship, McCarthy declared for the NFL draft and is expected to be a first-round pick. Where in the first round will he go, though? The Falcons have the No. 8 overall pick and we’re seeing McCarthy be projected to go higher and higher.

While his numbers at Michigan weren’t overly impressive, the team’s run-first offense played a big role in that. We’ll see how things shake out after the NFL scouting combine.

Falcons unlikely to receive 2nd-round pick for Calvin Ridley

As we examined earlier this week, the Falcons are unlikely to receive a second-round pick from the Jaguars as compensation for wide receiver Calvin Ridley. While it’s still possible that Jacksonville will extend Ridley before the new league year begins on March 13, the Jaguars can simply avoid this by waiting until the 2024 league year begins and then re-signing. In this case, the Falcons would receive Jacksonville’s third-round pick.

Falcons pass on Bijan Robinson in 2023 NFL redraft

Would the Falcons still take Bijan Robinson if the NFL held a redraft of the 2023 class? Draft Wire’s Curt Popejoy went in a different direction in his recent feature. Instead, Draft Wire has Atlanta selecting Wake Forest defensive tackle Kobie Turner:

Robinson falls to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at pick No. 19 in this redraft. The rookie running back finished the season with 976 rushing yards, 487 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns.

Which Falcons will be free agents in 2024?

Calais Campbell, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jeff Okudah headline Atlanta’s top free agents this offseason. Click here for the full list of Falcons free agents for 2024.

7 QB prospects the Falcons could target in 2024 draft

From Caleb Williams to Spencer Rattler, we look at seven potential draft targets at the quarterback position for Atlanta. The Falcons currently hold the No. 8 overall pick, which means they would likey have to move up if they want one of the top three. READ FULL ARTICLE


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