Whether it is Ryan Tannehill, Derek Carr, or Jimmy G. the Atlanta Falcons have been consistently rumored as a landing spot for a number of veteran starters. Aside from Lamar Jackson, there are zero reasons for the front office to consider chasing any of the starting quarterbacks they have been attached to.
Why would Atlanta pay a player in free agency they aren’t sure is an upgrade over current starter Desmond Ridder? The only reason for the team to make a move at quarterback is if they have the chance to add a top-ten starter for a reasonable price. This an impossible scenario that should leave the team focused on building around Ridder.
Ridder has only played four games and has given zero reasons to believe he cannot play at the level of this year’s top free-agent quarterbacks.
It appears most of the rumored fits for the Falcons are from pure speculation and nothing concrete with Atlanta publicly supporting Ridder.
Parting ways with Matt Ryan a year ago only to acquire Tannehill or sign Jimmy G. would be nonsensical for a team tired of a mediocre offense looking to shed bad contracts and build a complete contender.
Desmond Ridder doesn’t have to be a top-fifteen quarterback to be better than the veterans the Falcons have been speculated as a landing spot for. Ridder has a comparable or better arm and more ability as a scrambler.
Atlanta’s only focus at the quarterback position should be bringing in a reliable veteran for Ridder to learn from or capable of winning games if Desmond isn’t able to take the step forward he is expected to.
Atlanta signing or trading for a quarterback outside the top ten would be a mistake for a team that should be completely focused on developing Ridder.