Falcons GM Terry Fontenot connected failure to land Patrick Mahomes as a reason Atlanta targeted Michael Penix Jr., per report

Like the rest of the Falcons staff, Atlanta Falcons General Manager Terry Fontenot fell in love with Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. when they saw him throw in Seattle. It was then that Fontenot connected the New Orleans Saints’ failure to land Patrick Mahomes as enough of a reason to keep their interest under wraps, per a report from Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.


Breer outlined in his MMQB article and on the Pat McAfee show how the Chiefs jumping the Saints in 2017 made it clear to Fontenot that nobody could know about their interest in Penix. Having a trade-down candidate like the Tennessee Titans, who weren’t in the quarterback market, picking right before them didn’t help matters.

Having the rest of the league believe that the Falcons were not in the quarterback market was risky and has made for the most awkward quarterback room since the Green Bay Packers selected Jordan Love as the successor to Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers risked a possible Super Bowl window in 2019 for stability at the position, the Falcons aren’t necessarily in the same boat. If Atlanta is contending for a Lombardi trophy, this first year would already be considered a success.

Fontenot is taking a large bet on the fact that the Falcons roster as currently constructed can take their weaker schedule and make the playoffs for the first time since 2017.


Saivion Mixson Photo

Saivion Mixson is a graduate of the University of North Florida’s Sports Management program. He was previously a staff writer/content creator for LastWordonSports, Around The Block Network, Fansided’s Blogging Dirty and USA Today’s Vikings Wire.


Related Posts

Anаlyst: How Byron Murрһy сould һelр Seаһаwks’ fіnаnсіаl future

Tһe Seаttle Seаһаwks fіnd tһemselves іn а рeсulіаr sіtuаtіon wіtһ tһree montһs to go untіl рreseаson gаmes get underwаy. How Seаttle Seаһаwks mаde ‘smаrt deсіsіons’ іn NFL…

Bronсos’ Seаn Pаyton Mаkes Bold Predісtіon About NFL Rule Cһаnge

Tһere wіll be а lot of new fасes аnd tһіngs аround tһe Denver Bronсos аnd Heаd Coасһ Seаn Pаyton tһіs seаson, аnd tһe NFL іs undergoіng а…

Gіаnts’ Brіаn Dаboll sаys һe һаs ‘сonfіdenсe’ іn Cor’Dаle Flott

Tһere іs аn oрenіng іn tһe Gіаnts’ stаrtіng lіneuр аs а рerіmeter сornerbасk to рlаy асross from Deonte Bаnks аnd іt sounds аs іf tһere іs а…

NFL Wrіter Mаkes Inсredіbly Bold Suрer Bowl Predісtіon

Could tһe New York Jets аnd Detroіt Lіons end uр meetіng іn wһаt would be а very іntrіguіng Suрer Bowl next Februаry? Bleасһer Reрort’s Gаry Dаvenрort tһіnks…

Wһy Mаzі Smіtһ’s weіgһt іs so іmрortаnt for tһe Cowboys suссess

Mаzі Smіtһ һаd а seаson to forget іn 2023. Wіtһ only 304 defensіve snарs on tһe yeаr, tһe Cowboys fіrst round рісk struggled to get on tһe…

Could Baltimore Ravens Sign Pro Bowl Safety To Bolster Defense?