Atlanta Falcons: Cordarrelle Patterson’s price continues to go up
One of the biggest shocks of the season for the Atlanta Falcons has been the emergence of Cordarrelle Patterson and his ability to be a leader of an offense. He has finally been given a full opportunity to be the star of an offense and he has been just that.
No one expected all this production when the Falcons signed him to a one-year deal, he has basically been the best player for the Falcons offense all year.
With each passing day, the price for the Falcons to extend Patterson goes up
Atlanta needs to be talking to Cordarrelle Patterson right now about a contract extension, he has earned it and proven that he can be a veteran building block for the years to come.
Each day that passes, Patterson’s worth continues to climb, especially with each game he plays.
He continues to shine and prove why he is the best offensive weapon for Matt Ryan. When the offense has been without him it has been obvious. Every player on the offense benefits from him being on the field, whether that is Matt Ryan, Kyle Pitts, or even Mike Davis, it does not matter, they all should want him on the field.
He has essentially been the best running back in the NFL this season, that alone will give you leverage to get a lot of money.
When you factor in all his production through the air, it could fetch him even more money. He is listed as a running back, which is good for the Falcons as the running back market is a whole lot lower than wide receivers, but that does not mean he will not ask for more than his lone value as a running back.
The one big question mark is his age, he will be turning 31 years old before the start of next season, certainly an older age for a running back in the NFL, but he does not have the wear on his body that a normal runner in this league does, this has been the first time he has been featured in an offense. He plays a lot younger than his age would indicate.
So, for the Atlanta Falcons, it is time to find a way to pay Cordarrelle Patterson, the longer they wait, the more leverage Patterson will have.