2. Who would Atlanta trade?
If the Falcons aren’t going to be buyers the next obvious move would be to attempt to gain more draft compensation and set the team up for a huge off-season. While this may be slightly tempting the Falcons could only make these moves if they have pieces they believe aren’t a part of the long-term core and aren’t needed this season.
It is hard to find anyone on the roster worth a draft pick that isn’t a player the Falcons need to continue to evaluate for the rest of the season. With a wealth of running backs, there is an argument to be made Atlanta could trade Cordarrelle Patterson.
However, due to the discount, he took for the team this off-season and the presence he is both on and off the field it would be a huge mistake. This leaves Atlanta considering whether or not there is any value in moving the depth pieces on their young roster. This isn’t a team with veteran contracts anymore with the obvious exceptions of Grady Jarrett and Jake Matthews who the team has committed to building around. Atlanta doesn’t have a big trade piece they should be willing to part with making a quiet deadline increasingly likely.