The Falcons swung a deal with the Rams to acquire Van Jefferson for minimal draft compensation about three weeks ahead of the NFL trade deadline.
Ahead of their Week 6 contest in Atlanta, Arthur Smith adds a dynamic piece to the offense that has been missing — a deep threat. Now, Scotty Miller was expected to assume that role, but I suppose Van Jefferson is here to take over.
Without giving up much compensation in return, it’s a low-cost and potentially high-reward for Terry Fontenot; Smith acknowledged the win-win scenario at hand.
"You feel good about bringing him into our locker room," Arthur Smith said the trade for Van Jefferson was a win-win-win for the Falcons, Rams and Jefferson.
— Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) October 11, 2023
Smith also made another comment during the media session on Wednesday that some NFL fans don’t realize, and I think it’s very important to understand. Arthur Smith showered the Rams and their front office with praise for being easy to work with as trade partners, mentioning that some aren’t so easy to work with.
Falcons HC Arthur Smith praised the Rams for being good trading partners Wednesday one day after dealing for WR Van Jefferson. "There are some teams it’s comical and other teams there are good working relationships, and we appreciate the Rams," Smith said.
— Josh Kendall (@JoshTheAthletic) October 11, 2023
There are GMs, regardless of the sport, that are very difficult to deal with in these scenarios. Les Snead is heralded for his unorthodox way of building the Rams’ roster. It netted Los Angeles a Super Bowl, but 2023 was supposed to be the season in which the Rams and Snead were to pay the piper.
It couldn’t be further from the truth. The Rams are still very competitive and could squeak out a Wild Card spot. It’s a testament to Snead and Sean McVay. I imagine the GMs who are very good at their jobs aren’t necessarily difficult to deal with, which Terry Fontenot also seems to be.
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