NFL insider predicts cost of a Justin Fields trade for Falcons, others

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The Falcons are expected to be in the market for a quarterback this offseason, and the scenario most frequently mentioned is a Justin Fields trade.

The connection is obvious. Fields is from Georgia, the Bears are expected to use the No. 1 pick on a quarterback, and the Falcons have a need. All of it makes sense.

The Falcons and Justin Fields can be described in the same fashion as talented, yet underachieving. The intrigue with the Ohio State product is Chicago has done him no favors. He’s played under terrible circumstances, going through several offensive coordinators.

It’s no coincidence that in his first season with a decent supporting cast — offensive line and skill group — Fields had the best season of his career. The idea is the Falcons, who already have the bones in place for a quarterback to step in and immediately compete, should enable him to realize his full potential.

There are things to weigh against the idea of a Justin Fields trade, though. His lack of development is concerning, even with the circumstances. Moreover, are we sure Fields is a fit in Zac Robinson’s scheme?

The Falcons offense is expected to require quarterbacks to play on time, within the system, with anticipation, and most of all accuracy. Asking Fields to sit in the pocket would be a disservice to one of the most dynamic players in the NFL.

Now, Robinson did allude to tailoring the offense to whatever quarterback is acquired, so it’s not the biggest roadblock, but it must be considered. Another aspect that could turn the Falcons away is the trade compensation and subsequent contract situation.

According to league insider Albert Breer, the cost “would probably be a Day 2 pick and a Day 3 pick.” Day 2 draft picks would consist of second and third-rounders, while Day 3 is everything else.

Let’s just say the Falcons cough up a second-rounder and a Day 3 pick; Atlanta would have to make a decision on whether or not to pick up his fifth-year option, which would cost around $21 million in 2025.

The Falcons are going to be considering all of these factors when talking about a Justin Fields trade. Would you do it?

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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