1. Chasing Deshaun Watson
The decision to chase Deshaun Watson was a very questionable one from the start considering the quarterback’s off-the-field ongoing legal issues. Being willing to chase the quarterback before the civil cases have been solved and before the NFL has announced their decision on Watson’s future and the possible suspension was upsetting at best.
Even if Watson didn’t have the major off-the-field concerns Atlanta would be paying a quarterback with no chance of winning. You’re spending much-needed draft picks for a quarterback who would join a depleted roster that needs a full rebuild. The football aspect of this move alone never made sense, now is not the time for Atlanta to go all-in on the quarterback trade market. We watched Watson his final season in Houston with a bad roster and he was unable to elevate the team.
Despite what the front office may tell you the Atlanta Falcons were in the Deshaun Watson chase and appeared to be very close to landing the quarterback. Reportedly they were one of the two final teams in Watson’s consideration before the Browns changed Watson’s mind with an obscene contract.
The decision to chase Watson and the way they handled the fallout of the situation was disappointing. It was a move that made no sense for a team at least a year away from being able to build a contending roster.