The Atlanta Falcons had an argument as having the best quarterback situation in the NFC South before the Monday news of Derek Carr signing with the New Orleans Saints. Carr becomes the best quarterback in the division while the Saints are clearly still the third or fourth-best roster in the division.
Signing Carr further hurts the Saints’ long-term for a team that still has a lot of work to do when it comes to clearing cap space. At some point, the Saints are going to be forced to completely rebuild and the further the team puts it off the longer the period of mediocrity will be and the more painful the rebuild will be.
Putting Carr on the Saints moves the needle slightly but not enough to consider the Saints contenders. Both the Panthers and Falcons have younger rosters with better pieces to build around and a longer window to contend. The reasons are clear even with Carr now on the roster the Falcons should have very little concern for a team that should be competing for the bottom of the NFC South.