3 Quarterback trades the Atlanta Falcons must consider this off-season
If the rumors are to be believed it was almost Atlanta who made this move a season ago and landed Deshaun Watson. There is no denying what Watson has done on the field and how great he has proven he is capable of being as a quarterback. There also isn’t any dancing around how gross and alarming this whole trade process felt with Watson thankfully not landing with Atlanta.
Houston is a mess of a franchise but there isn’t any question they clearly won this trade even if they are only able to execute on some of their picks. The Browns mortgaged their future for a quarterback who when he returned clearly had been outplayed by Jacoby Brissett.
Setting aside the obvious reasons the Browns never should have made this trade in the first place there is a clear reason to believe they made their team worse moving forward. Watson played poorly and Cleveland clearly was a more interesting and better team with Brissett. If the Browns had kept Baker Mayfield or drafted a quarterback it is hard to believe they wouldn’t have been able to put more pressure on the Ravens and have a much better feeling about the seasons to come.
Knowing Baker Mayfield isn’t THAT guy the Browns made a desperation move one that could still land them with the second or third-best quarterback within their own division and no closer to truly becoming a threat in the AFC. Even if Watson were to return to form if Jackson stays in Baltimore are they better than the Ravens? Josh Allen and the Bills? Mahomes and the Chiefs? Joe Burrow and the Bengals? At best the Browns are now arguing for fifth or sixth place in the conference with Trevor Lawrence clearly playing better football last season. This is a deal that Atlanta almost made last season and just as the Browns should now they would regret it.