The Atlanta Falcons have found themselves entered into the Jimmy Garoppolo conversation with the quarterback finally healthy and given permission to seek a trade. Atlanta would have made some sense for Garoppolo if the team hadn’t followed the Marcus Mariota signing by drafting Desmond Ridder in the third round of the draft.
Now with two quarterbacks already clearly making the roster Atlanta’s rumored interest in the quarterback doesn’t add up. Aside from the obvious roster issue you have by bringing in a third quarterback, the Falcons lack the cap space to trade for Jimmy.
Atlanta is currently sitting with only $11-million in free cap space while Jimmy is projected to be a $25-million dollar cap hit.
The math simply doesn’t add up even if the Falcons believed that Jimmy Garoppolo was a solid addition to their roster. Jimmy’s value is his history of winning and extensive playoff experience. However, all of that success came with one of the best young coaches in football and a great roster.
Atlanta is still evaluating Arthur Smith and whether or not he is the future for the franchise as the head coach. Even if Smith does prove himself to be a long-term answer there is no questioning Atlanta is one of the worst rosters in the league.
Garoppolo isn’t going to change anything even if Atlanta were able to somehow manipulate the cap. This is still a rebuilding team whose focus remains on evaluating its young players and head coach. Adding another average quarterback to the equation when you already have Marcus Mariota locked up to a two-year deal simply put doesn’t make sense. Even if the Falcons don’t trust Mariota they have rookie Desmond Ridder to evaluate.
Adding a third quarterback in what will be a losing season doesn’t make sense for a team who chose to rebuild and should be focused on the future. Jimmy Garoppolo shouldn’t be an option for the Falcons.