Atlanta Falcons: Sell, Sell, Sell Should be the Trade Deadline Motto

Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Blank (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Falcons, Jake Matthews (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Left Tackle: Jake Matthews

Jake Matthews is having a down year as the man tasked with protecting the blind side of Matt Ryan. He typically ranks among the top ten of NFL offensive tackles but ranked just number 34 prior to the home loss to the Rams. That ranking is sure to drop after a sub-par performance in week seven.

Jake Matthews is good but not great. However solid left tackles are hard to come by. Creating a hole by trading Jake would be a mistake. Add in the fact that trading his contract would cost the Atlanta Falcons 24.5 million in dead money and a negative charge of nearly 17 million on the salary cap, and trading Matthews just doesn’t make smart business sense.

Right Guard: Chris Lindstrom and Right Tackle: Kaleb McGary

Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary are the Atlanta Falcons latest first-round picks, both being selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. , Chris Lindstrom was injured in the team’s first game, and is eligible to return in week 11. McGary has struggled as a blocker while dealing with a knee injury. This is after recovering from a heart procedure.

The jury is still out on how good both men can be but the fact that they have shown to be warriors by playing through injuries is a good sign. No reason to trade either man, before they have an opportunity to show growth and development.