QB fit with city of Atlanta important to Raheem Morris, Falcons

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As the Falcons begin to attack the offseason, the first couple of transactions have already been announced.

Last week, the club re-signed long snapper Liam McCullough back on an exclusive rights free agent deal. Yesterday, the team announced they’d be parting ways with veteran tight end Jonnu Smith, saving them $6.5 million against the cap.

Terry Fontenot, Raheem Morris, and other support staff are in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, where they’ve begun meeting with reporters, most of which revolve around what the Falcons plan to do at quarterback.

When asked what the team wants in its next signal caller, Morris focused on the fit — the schematic fit, the fit with the coaches, the locker room fit, and the fit within the city of Atlanta.

Most Falcons fans’ minds go directly to Justin Fields because he’s expected to be traded by the Bears in the coming weeks and he’s a Georgia native, playing his high school ball at Harrison. The storylines surrounding his potential homecoming are already filling seats in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

However, it doesn’t really matter if the quarterback is from Atlanta. It doesn’t matter if he’s a mobile or pocket passing quarterback. It doesn’t matter if it’s a young guy or a veteran. Only one thing matters — winning.

The city will embrace whoever is under center if that player brings winning back to Atlanta. The Falcons haven’t been to the playoffs since 2017. You think fans care if they get the new Mike Vick or Matt Ryan? Hell no. The city just wants to win again.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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