The Atlanta Falcons will face questions at the quarterback position this off-season after a down year from veteran Matt Ryan. Despite a massive dead cap hit rumors have already swirled around Ryan and the Steelers.
Another quarterback that will be facing a lot of questions this off-season is Baker Mayfield. Baker like Ryan is coming off of a disappointing season and failed to make the playoffs. With a great receiver, offensive line, and two good running backs this is a failure for Mayfield and the Browns leaving some speculating Baker could be on the move.
Posing the question could Baker be the long-term answer for the Atlanta Falcons? Despite Ryan being under contract beyond next season, there is reason to wonder how long he can play at the level he has over the last decade. However, due to financial reasons and the fact Ryan is a superior quarterback this move doesn’t work for Atlanta.
Despite all the quarterback turnover that could happen this off-season the Atlanta Falcons are tied to Matt Ryan for another season
Facing a massive dead cap hit for Julio Jones in 2022 Atlanta isn’t going to add a $40-million dollar dead cap hit to replace Ryan with a quarterback who honestly could be worse. Aside from his age and possible bright future, there is no other reason this makes sense for the Falcons.
Baker is one of the more interesting quarterbacks that could potentially be traded. Baker is still an unknown putting together two solid seasons and two very forgettable years. Despite his injuries, Baker still owns responsibility for how the 2021 season played out and will be facing immense pressure no matter where he starts next season.
I do believe Mayfield is going to be a franchise quarterback for the next decade, however, due to the inflexibility in cap space and the fact Ryan is a superior quarterback Mayfield’s fresh start isn’t going to be in Atlanta.