Potential price for Falcons in a L’Jarius Sneed trade emerges

NFL: JAN 13 AFC Wild Card Dolphins at Chiefs

The Falcons’ quest for a new quarterback is going to dominate headlines until a resolution is realized, but that’s not the only position of need for Atlanta.

Zac Robinson is expected to run some variation of Sean McVay’s offense, which featured more 11 personnel (three wide receivers) than any other offense in football last year. With Drake London being the only wideout with any expereince under contract, it’s a pressing need.

Though it’s not in as a desparate need of attention as reciever, the cornerback room could use bolstering. The Falcons are expected to extend A.J. Terrell at some point this offseason, so that’s an important factor in projecting what Terry Fontenot and Raheem Morris do at the position.

One name that has been mentioned multiple times by Tony Pauline ahead of free agency is L’Jarius Sneed.

Though the Chiefs franchise tagged him, it’s expected that Sneed won’t play on the tag. Either the two sides work out a long-term deal or Sneed is traded. The Chiefs are expceted to priortize Chris Jones, making a Sneed extension unlikely, in my estimation.

Pauline doubled down on the Falcons’ interest in the cornerback, saying they are one of the teams interested in trading for him.

“The overwhelming feeling is the Chiefs expect to be playing without Sneed in 2024 and rather than lose him in free agency and then receive a compensation pick in the 2025 NFL Draft, they’ll try and get a better pick in return this April,” Pauline writes. “As of Wednesday morning word was the Atlanta Falcons, a team that was hot on Sneed’s trail if he hit free agency, are one franchise interested in potentially trading for the cornerback.”

Now, more recently, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated speculated about the potential cost of a trade for the Falcons or any other club interested in Sneed’s services.

“That will likely mean star corner L’Jarius Sneed gets traded. I’d bet he fetches a second-round pick for the Chiefs and gets himself a deal worth more than $20 million per year,” Breer writes.

The Falcons have the draft capital and salary cap flexibility to make this deal, but do the Falcons want two $20 million cornerback contract running in unison?

L’Jarius Sneed is a hell of a player and would give Atlanta an elite tandem at one of the most important positions in the game, but is he worth a second-round pick and a $20 million per year contract? These are the dsicussions going on between Terry Fontenot and Raheem Morris.

Photographer: Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire

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