Falcons ‘prefer Kirk Cousins over Justin Fields’ and ‘it’s not close’

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Terry Fontenot and Raheem Morris are in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine as the Falcons sort through their options at the quarterback position.

The new league year is a couple of weeks away, and Atlanta’s situation could materialize rather quickly as March 14 approaches.

Bears GM Ryan Poles told members of the media that he wants to do right by Justin Fields, indicating that he would trade him before free agency. The Falcons have reportedly had conversations with Poles about a potential deal, but it seems their preference lies elsewhere.

According to Paul Allen, Atlanta prefers Kirk Cousins over Justin Fields, and “it’s not close.”


Allen is a mainstay in Minnesota. He’s been the play-by-play for the Vikings since 2002, is the current voice of the Minnesota Vikings Radio Network, and hosts a morning sports radio show for Twin Cities radio station KFAN, which he’s been doing since 1998.

Depending on the Falcons’ goals for 2024, Kirk Cousins makes a lot more sense than Justin Fields. The veteran would likely make Atlanta the odds-on favorite to win the division. And once you get to the playoffs, anything can happen in a wide open NFC.

The Falcons would undoubtedly be better in the immediate with Cousins under center than Fields, but the two scenarios are like comparing apples to oranges. The hope in acquiring Fields is finding the long-term answer. Cousins isn’t that.

Justin Fields is an unproven, unfinished product. It’s an experiment that could fail and cost the Falcons valuable time. However, if it works out, the club will have found its next franchise quarterback.

With Kirk Cousins, you’re maximizing the club’s chances of winning in 2024, 2025, and maybe 2026, but that’s it. The veteran isn’t the long-term answer. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Falcons preferred him over Fields.

Photographer: Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire

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