3. Signing Lorenzo Carter
There is no question that the Atlanta Falcons need to make moves to improve a non-existent pass rush. However, signing a player to a one-year deal that results in losing a draft pick in a season that you are all but tanking is an odd move.
Carter is an exciting addition for a contending team that doesn’t need a fourth-round pick. Atlanta, however, should be looking to add all the draft picks they can not spend them on a free agent in a year they are actively trying to lose. Carter is signed for a single season while a prospective draft pick would potentially still be a part of the team once the rebuild is finished.
While looking at Atlanta’s recent track record of mid-round picks will help offset the loss a bit there is still reason to be concerned about the decision making. Are you trying to win now or rebuild? Signing Carter is a move that a team looking to improve would make not a team that needs to be acquiring draft picks and finding ways to set themselves up for the 2023 off-season.
While the Atlanta Falcons might be heading in the right direction the front office lacks conviction for a rebuild they initiated. A concerning start for a team that should be in the easiest part of their rebuild.