1. Learn from the mistakes made last off-season
Looking back at last off-season there were four big trades that happened close together with Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, and Matt Ryan all landing with new teams. We are almost a full year later and it is easy to make the argument that the team that traded the quarterback won all four times.
Not only did Seattle make the playoffs without Wilson they now hold a top-ten pick thanks to the Broncos completely falling apart. Matt Ryan was benched twice and Carson Wentz was well Carson Wentz. Watson looked pedestrian and was clearly outplayed by Jacoby Brissett looking back at the Browns season.
As a front office, it is hard to ignore that the team that traded for the star quarterback lost the deal every time. What could those teams have been if they had spent those assets on talent elsewhere and brought in a quarterback in the draft or free agency?
Atlanta has to see these deals as major red flags of what can happen if you make a desperate move at the quarterback position. Desmond Ridder might not have shown star potential but he was reliable and Atlanta has the ability to build a star roster around him. Trading for a star is a risky move one that left four teams this past year heavily disappointed.