The Atlanta Falcons decided to bring back their veteran back-up reportedly giving Schaub a two year 9-million dollar deal.
After signing a one-year 1.75$ million dollar deal the season before the uptick in price is concerning. The Falcons are already in trouble if Matt Ryan were to go down. Spending nine-million dollars on a below average back-up plan seems to be a waste of cap space considering the limited cap space that the Falcons have.
Falcon’s fans are not the only ones concerned with their priorities with running back Devonta Freeman rumored to be asking for a trade from the Falcons after resigning him wasn’t made a priority.
Schaub is a quality back-up who has shown flashes of mediocrity throughout his career at the quarterback position starting for multiple teams and managing his time under center well. The problem isn’t having Schaub as a back-up quarterback the problem is spending just over 9-million for a player who didn’t play in any meaningful games and will likely have no impact on the outcome of the season.
The Falcons are expected shortly announce and extension as well for corner Desmond Trufant who didn’t appear in the team’s final few games after suffering an injury earlier in the year. While it is understandable to spend to keep an elite corner it is concerning that the Falcons have prioritized it ahead of locking up Devonta Freeman or addressing more pressing needs that their roster has.
Schaub will back-up the reigning MVP Matt Ryan for at least two more seasons now in a Falcon’s uniform. While it is hard to guess Schaub’s ability to start at this point in his career there are worse options around the league to have sitting on the bench.
Remaining aggressive in free-agency is going to be key for a team that has a lot of holes on their roster considering they just played in a Super Bowl.