3 Ways the Atlanta Falcons have botched the off-season
2. Matt Ryan wasn’t given the exit the franchise icon deserved
Whether or not you believe Matt Ryan should be the quarterback for the 2022 Atlanta Falcons there is no denying his exit was handled poorly. From the way, the news broke to the trade that Atlanta agreed to it is hard to see an exit going any worse for a player of Ryan’s stature and caliber.
Just three weeks ago Atlanta’s GM discussed the need for a succession plan behind Matt Ryan. Even if Atlanta was going to move on from Ryan the best you could get is a third-round pick from the Colts? While the front office perspective given after the trade was doing the right thing for Matt Ryan they didn’t have this same perspective only three weeks ago or last season.
Was it doing right by Matt Ryan to allow Jalen Mayfield to start or ask Ryan to win while giving him virtually no options at receiver? Was it the right by the Falcons to openly chase Deshaun Watson with Ryan under contract? These questions are very debatable but it is a flimsy defense to offer when you look around the league.
Carson Wentz (twice) and Sam Darnold were both traded for far more than Atlanta got in return for an MVP who is a proven winner in the playoffs.
Even if they were attempting to send Ryan to the right location regardless of the price his exit was handled poorly. The franchise icon deserved more time and warning that Atlanta was moving on.