Falcons defend interest in Deshaun Watson despite obvious problems

Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith addressed the franchise’s previous interest in Deshaun Watson.

In an extremely awkward press conference on Wednesday morning, Atlanta Falcons General manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith talked to the elephant in the room, among many other things: Why the franchise was interested in acquiring Deshaun Watson.

The extremely controversial franchise quarter was traded by Houston Texas arrive Cleveland Browns on Friday. Atlanta essentially took a 28-3 lead in the trade for Gainesville, Georgia native and former Clemson star. Cleveland could have made an offer from the Godfather of Texas, and Watson’s bank account couldn’t refuse. Atlanta is ashamed of itself.

While Smith said “Won’t go in… [their] process, “the Falcons” understand the severity [of the civil cases]. Fontenot backed him up by saying “based on the information we have, we want to discover [a trade for Watson.]”

The Falcons were caught playing flirt, which led to Matt Ryan alienating their franchise midfielder for the past 14 years, to the point where he wanted to be traded. Atlanta used an absurdly deadly salary cap to swap Ryan for AFC South rivals Indianapolis Colts for a third round spot in 2022. The Falcons would then sign Marcus. Mariota, Smith’s boy within two hours.

Although Atlanta has precious confines that Fontenot continues to praise through 2023, as well as a quarterback Smith trusts in Mariota, the Falcons are in their worst position as a franchise since Bobby Petrino sponsored them to become the Arkansas coach.

How do we even unpack all of this?

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To be fair, Watson initially looked to Atlanta, not the other way around. He became close to the Blank Family after serving as a ball boy at Falcons games during his high school days. Watson grew up in Gainesville and lives in a home built by Falcons Honor Ring member Warrick Dunn on the Homes for the Holidays initiative. Emotions play a part in all of this.

Another important thing to understand is that this is a new mode in Flowery Branch. Fontenot didn’t draft for Ryan and certainly didn’t pay him and former Falcons recipient Julio Jones huge contracts. Smith will coach whoever Fontenot offers him on a 53-man roster, but all parties involved know Ryan’s footballing era in the Falcons will soon be over.

At some point, the Falcons will either have to remove Ryan’s contract or bite the bullet and eat all of that death hat. By doing this a year earlier, it will allow Dirty Birds to become an active participant in the NFL Free Agent for the first time in many years. Fontenot has chosen to find value by acquiring talented veterans looking to prove themselves. He was getting tired of being sicker.

From a squad-building standpoint, it’s understandable why Atlanta would want to pursue Watson. He is 10 years younger than Ryan and is a more talented player. Moreover, he will attract high-quality players who want to play with him. Dead limit issues won’t be an issue as he’s not a dropper player like Ryan is supposed to be. Of course, morality has been thrown in the trash.

What’s disturbing is how bad it looks optically by the Falcons not getting Watson. It’s a divisive issue to even play flirt with him. It’s a shame that any good relationship the organization had with its fan base largely disappeared within two weeks. Copper Falcons won’t even acknowledge the franchise being rebuilt. It’s hard to trust someone when they’re not being honest.

And now, two NFL Drafts became the two most important weekends in franchise history. Falcons defend interest in Deshaun Watson despite obvious problems

John Verrall

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