3 Worst moves of the Atlanta Falcons off-season thus far
2. Matt Ryan’s exit
Giving Matt Ryan the chance to win with the Colts was the right move for Ryan. However, the way the front office handled his exit and the return they received was laughable when you look at the quarterback market. Both times that Carson Wentz has been traded the team trading the struggling Wentz has received more than Atlanta was able to get for a passer that is top-ten all-time in passing yards and touchdowns.
Wentz who was unable to beat the Jaguars to make it into the playoffs was worth more than Matt Ryan? A reasonable fan would look at the way the situation was handled and realize Atlanta sold all of their leverage going after Watson and waiting until virtually every other team had filled their quarterback spot. They traded Ryan when they had the least leverage and he had the lowest value.
If they were going to chase Watson a far better decision would have been to trade Ryan first early in the off-season when they likely could have gotten a much better return. Instead, the team lost their leverage and managed only a third-round pick for Ryan. To make matters worse it wasn’t even the Colt’s best third-rounder but the team’s second third-round selection. A poor decision all the way around though it was the right move for Ryan. Atlanta waited too long to trade Ryan and didn’t get the return they deserved or give Ryan the exit the franchise icon should have been given.