If the Atlanta Falcons season started today Olamide Zaccheaus would be Atlanta’s number one option in an underwhelming receiver group. Olamide at best is a fourth or fifth option only used in certain packages. His speed can help make plays but he is the furthest thing from a number one option.
This leaves the Falcons in a rough position with new quarterback Marcus Mariota badly needing weapons around him. The veteran has proven throughout his career he cannot elevate a roster but needs playmakers around him to find success.
Looking at the trade market and in free agency, one name sticks out, DK Metcalf. The star Seattle receiver is due an extension and with the price of receivers shooting up could the Seahawks move the star?
Metcalf is one of the best deep threats in the league and will likely be given a contract similar to what the Dolphins gave Tyreek Hill. Miami spent a fortune for Hill and signed him to a 4-year $120-million dollar deal after spending five draft picks to acquire him.
While Metcalf isn’t likely to demand the same trade package that Hill did it will be close. Not only that but when you consider Metcalf is younger and has more of his prime ahead of him he could demand an even higher deal.
With this in mind, trading for Metcalf should be off the table for Atlanta. As tempting as it might be the receiver market is far too high for the rebuilding Falcons to spend assets on a position they can address in the draft and with key veteran signings.
Atlanta has a problem at the position but now isn’t the time to make a blockbuster move to fix it. Atlanta needs to find a myriad of answers at the position overspending for one star answer would be the wrong move at the wrong time.