Boy oh boy, it could be happening.
Last year, the Falcons were certainly feeling the pressure. Their moves indicated they were taking some risky bets to save their jobs. Vic Beasley would return at $13 million. I once suggested that Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn bet their careers on his improvement.
Complacency Continuity reported kept both men in their jobs despite a season that so dramatically shook from incompetence to greatness that one could become overcome with shock.
Things have become more desperate in 2020. We are seeing much more risk with a push for results right now. We saw the Falcons shoehorn in a deal for Dante Fowler that goes from exceptionally cap-friendly to pretty tough in just one season. Todd Gurley was signed for one year. Why develop a 2nd-round pick who can do only so much in their rookie year when Hayden Hurst is just about to pop?
What will the man who made his career on a bold draft-day trade do now with his back against the wall? Oh, we all know.
Dimitroff anticipates more trade conversations prior to the draft with the alterations being made. He doesn’t think it will keep folks from trading. “Everyone wants to trade. It‘s a trade league with this GM group.’’— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) April 7, 2020
As a great philosopher once proclaimed, “Boy he gon do it.”
Dimitroff made a bold trade last year, jumping back into the end of the first round for Kaleb McGary. He previously made some moderate trades in the first round to jump up for Takkarist McKinley, Desmond Trufant, and even Sam Baker, but his most famous move is jumping 21 spots for the future Hall of Famer.
Dimitroff could jump ahead of 16 for his favorite defender among Derrick Brown, Isaiah Simmons, Javon Kinlaw, C.J. Henderson, or K’Lavon Chaisson, or even pull a McGary and snag another first-round pick.
Whatever he does, we know Dimitroff is looking to unleash his inner Trader Thomas.