Latest On Falcons’ Trade Chips

If the Falcons had their way, they’d trade defensive end Vic Beasley. However, it sounds like wideout Mohamed Sanu might be tougher to pry away.’s Ian Rapoport reports (via Twitter) that rival teams could pursue either of these players from the 1-6 Falcons, but one would naturally be easier to acquire than the other.

According to Rapoport, teams tried to acquire Sanu during the draft, but the Falcons resisted those overtures. With the team struggling and Sanu playing in the second-to-last season of his contract, some have wondered if the receiver could be available. The 30-year-old would naturally be attractive to teams that need a wideout. After setting a career high with 838 receiving yards last season, Sanu has hauled in 33 receptions for 313 yards and one score in seven games this season.

Beasley’s availability makes a lot more sense, as the 27-year-old is still set to make more than $6.5MM through the rest of this season. Plus, his onfield production hasn’t justified the money; after Pro Football Focus graded Beasley as its worst full-time edge defender in 2018, the former first-rounder is struggling again in 2019. In seven games, Beasley has compiled 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

We heard earlier this month that impending free agents like Beasley, De’Vondre Campbell and Austin Hooper are on some teams’ radars. Projected to be more than $10MM over the 2020 cap, the Falcons will almost certainly have to let some of these UFAs-to-be walk if they are not traded. However, the Falcons could fetch 2021 compensatory picks for them, potentially complicating trade talks.

The trade deadline is next Tuesday, October 29th.

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    • Tazza

      Wonder if you could start something with Sanu and Beasley plus picks for Miller and Sanders

      • mcase7187

        That’s not going to fix that team Ryan is a bad qb

        IMO I would rather have Sanu on 2 yrs than Sanders on half a yr going no where this season

      • ffjsisk

        Ummm….no. Sanu is ordinary and Vic is terrible. No way Denver wants either. Especially since Vic is a FA after this season.

    • Tazza

      Ryan was MVP in 2016 and this year he has throw for over 300 years every game and is second in the league in thrown yards and he’s first in the league for touch downs thrown with 15. It’s not his fault the team suck.

      I think they need Miller for defence and then I’d also try get Drake form the dolphins at RB

      • crosseyedlemon

        It has to be frustrating for Falcon fans because on paper this team frequently has the talent to be a top contender. There just seems to be something psychological that prevents the organization from overcoming adversity and I have no idea how you fix that.

  1. Thronson5

    I know Julio Jones won’t be on the move but would love to see him reunited with Kyle in SF. They got plenty of depth on the defensive line, I don’t think they can get a deal done before the deadline but maybe tag Armstead this offseason and trade him and some draft picks for Jones. I would love to see that. I like Armstead, he’s performing at a high level like we thought he Woolf but never did until now but they can’t pay him and Buckner I don’t think so that could be a trade they could make and then bring back Thomas for his option and see if he can start to live up to that first round pick hype like Armstead finally is doing! If they can’t or I should say, if the Falcons won’t then they really should go after Green before they deadline. Offer Thomas, Pettis and and a pick or picks.

    • Thronson5

      And I’m sure the “experts” on here will tell me how my trade scenarios won’t work, I’m not GM clearly so I don’t know what will or won’t work but I’m just saying they should be be able to put together some sort of package for on Jones or Green with the death they have and draft picks.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I won’t tell you your trade scenarios won’t work but I will remind you that the 49ers are having their best start since 1990. I subscribe to the theory that if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it.

  2. Freddie Morales

    Of course the Pats get Sanu. But 2nd rounder for a 30 year old WR2/3 is a good get for Falcons

    • UGA_Steve

      Very good get for the Falcons. They need to start a mini-rebuild, especially at WR and DB. Sadly, it will likely be the last pick in the second round.

      As for the Pats, Sanu is a good receiver and an even better blocker. The Pats will love having him. He just couldn’t shine on the Falcons with Julio slowing down and bad play calling (not sure if it’s the OC or Ryan checking down, but the offensive play calling is horrible).

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