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Falcons GM ruthlessly trolled over explanation for not drafting a CB

Terry Fontenot at a press conference

Mar 1, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons had a big need at cornerback heading into the 2024 NFL Draft, but they chose not to select a player at the position. Fans cannot believe general manager Terry Fontenot’s explanation for that decision.

Fontenot was asked on Saturday why the Falcons did not draft a cornerback when they desperately need a starter to pair with former first-round pick A.J. Terrell. The GM said he and Atlanta’s other decision-makers did not want to “force a reach or do something you shouldn’t.”

Oh boy.

The Falcons became the biggest story of the draft when they shockingly took Michael Penix Jr. with the No. 8 overall pick. They did so after signing Kirk Cousins to a 4-year, $180 million contract in free agency. You could argue that was the definition of “a reach,” as Atlanta does not need a quarterback and could have drafted help for their highly paid 35-year-old QB instead.

As expected, Fontenot was trolled over the explanation for not drafting a cornerback.

Fontenot said it will be a “great problem to have” for the Falcons if Cousins is still playing well three years down the road and Penix is on the bench. Another potential issue for Atlanta is that Penix played six years in college and will turn 24 next month. If he sits for several years behind Cousins, he will be pushing 30.

One NFL reporter has a legendary quote that summed up the Falcons’ decision to draft Penix after shelling out huge money for Cousins.


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