NFL insider says Desmond Ridder trade an option for Falcons

NFL insider says Desmond Ridder trade an option for Falcons

The Falcons are expected to add at least one quarterback to the roster this offseason, and nobody should be surprised if it were a couple.

That essentially makes Taylor Heinicke expendable. The club can save $7 million against the cap if they parted ways with the veteran, and the same scenario may play out with Desmond Ridder.

The third-round pick failed to stick as a starter, but that doesn’t mean he can’t carve out a role as a backup. Ridder possesses a lot of desirable traits for the job, and he’s on a cheap contract.

However, if the Falcons double dip in the quarterback market, there’s not really a need for three on the roster, making Ridder dispensable. Ian Rapoport believes potentially trading him is an option for the Falcons.

“Once they acquire a new QB, potentially trading Ridder would be an option, as well. It might be a situation where a fresh start works for all parties.”

There’s a distinct possibility that Raheem Morris and Terry Fontenot decide to overhaul the quarterback position completely, bringing in a veteran to compete in 2024 while also investing in a younger option for the long term.

The club wouldn’t be able to get more than a Day 3 pick for Ridder, and moving his contract isn’t going to make a considerable difference on the Falcons’ cap sheet, though.

Still, as Rapoport stated, a split may be what’s best for both parties. Falcons fans certainly wouldn’t mind moving on, and maybe Ridder can somehow convince someone to give him another shot as a starter, but I doubt that will come to fruition.

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