How does the Russell Wilson trade affect the Falcons?

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If you haven’t heard yet, a blockbuster trade went down Tuesday afternoon between the Broncos and Seahawks. Seattle sent Russell Wilson and a fourth round pick to Denver in exchange for two first round picks, two second round picks, a fifth round pick, Drew Lock, Shelby Harris, and Noah Fant.

This mega-deal has a couple of different impacts on the Falcons. First, it sets a precedent or a measuring stick of sorts for a potential Matt Ryan trade. Atlanta would be wise to cash in on this quarterback craze as teams use the mercenary approach the Rams and Buccaneers did with Matthew Stafford and Tom Brady, respectively.

The other effect the trade will have on the Falcons is through the draft. With Atlanta set to pick 8th overall, they could find themselves in a trade-down scenario as the Russell Wilson-less Seahawks are slotted to pick 9th overall. Seattle might be in the market for a quarterback and can parlay the draft assets acquired from the Denver trade to move up.

Not only could the Falcons trade back with Seattle, but if other quarterback-needy teams want to jump in front of the Seahawks for their pick of the class, the Falcons could be in a position to pit two general managers against each other and drive the price up.

Regardless of what the Falcons choose to do this offseason, the precedent has been set for teams with aging quarterbacks to ship them off to organizations with loaded rosters that just need a signal caller to get them over the hump.



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