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Atlanta Falcons sign Taylor Heinicke, Competition for Ridder

The Atlanta Falcons had a huge day in free agency on Monday and they’ve gotten Tuesday off to a bang as well. The Falcons are signing former Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke according to a report from Ian Rapoport.

“The Falcons are signing former Commanders QB Taylor Heinicke, per me and @MikeGarafolo,” Rapoport reported on Twitter. “With plenty of starting experience, Atlanta adds a veteran to their QB room.”

Tom Pelissero quickly put to bed any discussion of Heinicke coming in to displace Desmond Ridder.

For the Falcons and Taylor Heinicke, it’s a two-year deal worth up to $20 million, per source,” reported Pelissero. “Atlanta has said Desmond Ridder is the starter, and that’s top-end backup money.”

The signing of Heinicke should also put to bed any discussion of Lamar Jackson to the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons invested a lot of money into their defense on the opening day of the free agent contact period, and with just Ridder and Logan Woodside under contract, a competent QB2 with starting experience was inevitable.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.

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