The Atlanta Falcons officially began a new era this offseason when they parted ways with long-time quarterback Matt Ryan. They've spent the rest of the last few months building towards the future and it remains to be seen if these transactions will pay off.
Some Falcons fans have been critical of their team's offseason due to a lack of flashy moves. Having said that, that way of thinking has caused some of Atlanta's offseason deals to have flown under the radar. .
Here's a look at the three most underrated Falcons offseason moves.
Falcons Offseason Moves
1. Trading for WR Bryan Edwards
The Falcons' wide receiver room received some bad news when Calvin Ridley was suspended for the 2022 season. While they replaced him with standout rookie Drake London, they also traded for former Las Vegas Raiders WR Bryan Edwards. The 23-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance during his young carer and is coming off a season that saw him record 571 yards and three touchdowns on 34 catches. Edwards' main issue is his inconsistency, but he still managed to record at least 80 receiving yards on three occasions last year. With a chance for more opportunities in Atlanta, Edwards could be one of the Falcons' bright spots from the offseason.
2. Moving on from Matt Ryan
This is an example of addition by subtraction. First of all, there's no understating what Matt Ryan did for the Falcons and the Atlanta community. Fans were understandably upset when the team shipped him off to the Indianapolis Colts, but it was a necessary move. Ryan is 37 years old and even if he's still a top-15 quarterback, he just wasn't that useful to the Falcons at his current stage. He's simply too good to be on a rebuilding team and could've ruined the organization's shot at a higher draft pick. While losing Ryan hurts in the present, it'll be a move that Falcons fans grow to understand and appreciate moving forward.
3. Adding a Potential Out to Cordarrelle Patterson's Contract
One of the bright spots in a tough 2021 campaign was Cordarrelle Patterson's breakout performance at the age of 31. He was one of the top dual-threats in the league, rushing for 618 yards, racking up 548 receiving yards and a total of 11 touchdowns. The Falcons re-signed him to a two-year contract this offseason, but there's a catch: the team has a potential out ahead of the 2023 season. As great as Patterson was last year, he's in his 30s and there's always a risk that his 2021 performance was an anomaly. Instead of being stuck with him for the long haul if he falters, the Falcons can get out of his contract without issue next offseason. It might not seem like a huge deal at the moment, but it's a small detail that could save the team a headache next year.
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