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.