2. Atlanta can build a complete roster if they don’t pay a quarterback
For three more seasons, the Atlanta Falcons have Desmond Ridder on a rookie contract. If Ridder is the guy many believe him to be this is Atlanta’s window to build a complete roster and compete for a championship. Atlanta can look to San Francisco for the blueprint of how to compete and be quarterback independent.
Whether it is Jimmy G., Trey Lance, or Brock Purdy the 49ers simply compete and win because of their complete roster. They have an all-star roster at the skills position and a great defense. These are both things the Falcons have ample cap space and draft picks to go out and build over the next year.
If Ridder is locked in as the starter and Tyler Allgeier, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts are all on rookie contracts there is an argument the next three years is Atlanta’s window to compete in the playoffs. They are playing in a soft division in an NFC that appears more wide-open than it has been over the last four years. With Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers both looking ready to ride off into the sunset the Falcons don’t need to have the best quarterback in the NFC to win they simply need the best team and Ridder to be capable of making enough throws to beat a Kirk Cousins, Daniel Jones, or Dak Prescott. Atlanta can do so much more with this roster if they don’t chase Lamar or another starter at quarterback. Build this team through the draft and make smart decisions in free agency that set this team up to take that next step forward.