The Atlanta Falcons are set to have a new quarterback
The Atlanta Falcons lost their starting quarterback from 2022 this offseason. The team cut Marcus Mariota in a bid to save nearly $12 million in cap space for free agency. The Falcons would wind up coming into free agency week with the second most cap space in the league, trailing only the Chicago Bears. The Falcons have now addressed Mariota’s vacancy in free agency.
According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network, the Falcons are set to sign former Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke. He will be a veteran backup to Desmond Ridder, who is still considered to be the Falcons’ top choice to start in 2023. Heinicke’s contract is for two seasons and is worth up to $20 million.
For the #Falcons and Taylor Heinicke, it’s a two-year deal worth up to $20 million, per source. Atlanta has said Desmond Ridder is the starter, and that's top-end backup money. https://t.co/6OctczWRPj
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 14, 2023
The Falcons are hoping Ridder, a 2022 third-round selection, can progress to be the long-term starting quarterback for the Falcons. He had success with the Cincinnati Bearcats, leading them to the College Football Playoff in his final season in college.
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