Recapping the Falcons trade deadline

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The NFL trade deadline is typically the mildest of all the leagues for several reasons, but that wasn’t the case yesterday as a record number of deals were agreed upon, with several marquee names swapping teams. The Falcons were among the busiest teams, making three trades before the buzzer rang, including moving a former All-Pro wide receiver.

Falcons trade Calvin Ridley to the Jaguars

The blockbuster deal at the trade deadline was the Falcons sending suspended wide receiver Calvin Ridley to the Jaguars for conditional draft compensation.

Essentially, the Falcons are guaranteed to receive a sixth-rounder; however, they could garner as high as a second if Ridley and the Jags end up agreeing to an extension. So while Ridley’s tenure in Atlanta may have ended tumultuously, Falcons fans should still be rooting for him next season in order to ensure the highest draft compensation.

Another aspect of this trade is the cap space it opens up for the Falcons next year. Ridley’s $11.1 million salary for 2023 is off the books, ensuring Atlanta will have some of the most money to spend in free agency this upcoming offseason.

Falcons acquire Rashad Fenton for a seventh-round pick 

Once a starter in Kansas City, Fenton fell out of the rotation as several other members of the Chiefs’ secondary stepped up. The Falcons will absorb the remainder of his $1.4 million contract in hopes that he can contribute to a hobbled group.

Unfortunately, Fenton comes to Atlanta with an injury of his own, as he’s recently been dealing with a hamstring injury. So this is more about acquiring some depth to a position group that got exposed when Terrell, Hayward, and others were out.

Falcons recoup seventh round pick by trading Dean Marlowe 

In another small move, the Falcons got their seventh round pick back in a trade with the Bills, as they sent safety Dean Marlowe to Buffalo.

Marlowe was a reserve safety that was asked to step in for the injured Jaylinn Hawkins last week. After a poor performance, and with Hawkins likely to return this week, Atlanta evidently didn’t feel Marlowe’s services were needed any longer.




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