The trade deadline has the potential to actually be a little wild this year, with Jimmy Garoppolo already on his way to the 49ers and the Seahawks securing a living, breathing left tackle in Duane Brown of the Texans. There will likely be more moves today, including the Patriots potentially flipping the second round pick they got for Garoppolo out for a pass rusher.
Then there’s the Falcons. When the 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline rolls around today, the Falcons will likely it come and go without making any major moves. The reasons for that are myriad, but I’ll outline a few below.
- One of their bigger needs is probably wide receiver, where the team simply hasn’t gotten much out of anyone past Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu on the depth chart. The trade landscape is not long on affordable options who would slide in behind those two guys, so I don’t see a move happening. Besides, the Falcons clearly haven’t gotten all they can out of Taylor Gabriel and Justin Hardy just yet.
- Right guard might be a bit of a trouble spot, but Wes Schweitzer is in his first year as a starter, and he’s had more good games than bad ones to this point.
- The team just shored up its defensive line with the addition of Ahtyba Rubin, and doesn’t lack for options there whatsoever.
- They’re getting Jalen Collins back in a handful of weeks, and have barely used anyone at cornerback beyond Brian Poole, regardless.
- The Falcons haven’t made a habit of making deadline deals under Thomas Dimitroff and company. That’s reason enough to be skeptical of a move, in my opinion.
The problem with the Falcons, one suspects, has not been a roster problem. The Falcons could make a move for an upgrade at linebacker or receiver, I suppose, but they already gave up a fifth round pick to get Ty Sambrailo and they’re much bigger on draft day trades than deadline ones. I expect this deadline, like so many others before it, to pass quietly in Atlanta.