Report: Justin Fields, Kirk Cousins not first QB option for Falcons

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Steve Wyche is doubling down on his prior report that the Falcons won’t be interested in Justin Fields, and he’s even giving us a little more.

In an interview with 92.9 The Game’s Dukes and Bell, Wyche clarified that Atlanta won’t consider Fields a first option, including Kirk Cousins in that same breath, but rather be aggressive in trading up for a quarterback in the draft.

This thinking makes sense for several reasons.

Fields’ contract situation isn’t a positive. The Falcons would have to decide on his fifth-year option immediately after trading for him with no data on him in Atlanta’s system.

Secondly, and more importantly, his potential fit within Zac Robinson’s offense is questionable. The Falcons’ new offensive coordinator is expected to run something similar to Sean McVay’s offense in Los Angeles, which doesn’t exactly mesh with Fields’ skill set as Wyche pointed out on his NFL Report podcast with James Palmer.

“The Falcons, their new coordinator Zac Robinson is coming from LA. Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford, that scheme does not fit Justin Fields, right?” Wyche added.

Moreover, acquiring a franchise signal caller through the draft is by far the most preferable. A rookie quarterback contract is the single most valuable thing in the sport and would give the Falcons financial flexibility to surround him with as much talent as possible.

This is good timing too because earlier this morning, Peter King provided a nugget in his retirement column that he believes the Bears will trade the No. 1 pick, giving the Falcons a potential path to go get their guy.

Photographer: Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire


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