The Atlanta Falcons’ 2022 season can likely be chalked up to a rebuilding year.
After two straight seasons of taking a skill position with their first pick in the draft, the Falcons have continued to look to the future.
Without a solid quarterback in the NFL, it’s difficult to move forward effectively, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Recently, the Falcons have announced a change in the position, releasing one of their starters from last season.
Falcons released QB Marcus Mariota. The move saved them $12 million agains their salary cap.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 28, 2023
Marcus Mariota has been officially released from the Falcons, which saved the team $12 million in cap space.
During the 2022 season, Mariota started the first 13 games of the season before turning the ball over to rookie quarterback, Desmond Ridder.
In Mariota’s starts, the Falcons amassed a 5-8 record.
Ultimately, the organization has decided that it is in its best interest to move on from Mariota.
Their quarterback situation is surrounded by a gigantic question mark at the moment.
While the team allegedly liked what they saw from Ridder last season, he was a third-round pick.
Because of the Falcons’ limited capital with Ridder, the team could draft a quarterback in April.
Barring a trade, the Falcons hold the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft.
If they are impressed at the combine, they could wind up taking one of the blue-chip prospects that might be available.
They have already invested significant capital in Kyle Pitts and Drake London, who are two of the most intriguing pass-catching prospects in the past several seasons.
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