NFL Expert Claims Falcons Had Deals In Place For Kyler Murray, Ryan Tannehill Before Draft

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The Atlanta Falcons were reportedly trying to make some big additions at the quarterback position before the draft. Unfortunately, a pair of major moves fell through.

Simon Hunter of Action Network said the team had deals in place for both Kyler Murray and Ryan Tannehill, but they couldn’t work out the money.

In his The Favorites podcast, Hunter said that Atlanta was searching for a suitor to trade out of the eighth pick. Tennessee and Arizona reportedly had interest, offering up their starting signal callers as headlining pieces.

“There was a ton of drama going on behind the scenes,” Hunter said. “Atlanta was going to trade for [Ryan] Tannehill. That was a real thing. Tennessee was going to give Tannehill to Atlanta. They were going to move up to the eighth spot. They couldn’t work out the money.”

Hunter continued on to reveal another bombshell.

“The same thing happened with Kyler Murray and Atlanta. Apparently, there was a deal in place for the Cardinals and Atlanta. They were going to send Kyler Murray to Atlanta for draft picks and they were going to take some money on. It didn’t work out, obviously.”

Though a deal didn’t get done in either case, Hunter insinuates that it’s something to keep an eye on as the season nears. He even goes as far as to say the Falcons could make a QB move midseason depending on how the year starts.

Fans were quick to comment on the news of those unsuccessful deals as they posted responses on social media. Most are happy the trades fell through.

One follower said, “As a Falcons fan I’m ecstatic that neither trade (if true) actually happened.”

Someone else wrote, “Imagine trading the #8 pick for Tannehill? I’d burn all of my Falcons gear.”

Instead of landing a quarterback, Atlanta stayed in the No. 8 spot and selected Texas running back Bijan Robinson.