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The Falcons tried to trade up with Bengals before Browns


The Falcons were dead set on coming out of the NFL draft with one of the top two wide receivers on the board.

Before they pulled off the deal with the Browns that brought them Julio Jones, Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the team offered the same package to the Bengals for the fourth pick. We can’t know for sure if they would have selected Jones or A.J. Green with that pick, but word is that Atlanta was interested in both receivers before the draft.

“We spoke with Atlanta numerous times over the last week but just felt good at not moving back to 27,” said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. “It’s more than what we were willing to do and felt good about the player we were going to stay at four and that’s where they wanted to go and pick that player.”

The Falcons traded their first-, second- and fourth-round picks this year and next year’s first and fourth to the Browns for the sixth overall pick this year. The two Ohio teams showed very different ideas about how to avoid picking this high in the draft in the years to come and it will take a few of those years before we know which route was the correct one.

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22 Responses to “The Falcons tried to trade up with Bengals before Browns”
  1. narutofan10 says: Apr 29, 2011 3:37 PM

    i am pretty sure they traded wayyyyyy to much

  2. bass1717 says: Apr 29, 2011 3:41 PM

    And that’s the reason why the Bengals will always stink…..they should have taken that deal in a second!!!……3 years ago Daniel Snyder offered the Bengals 2 1st round picks for Chad Johnson and Bengals said no……as long as they have complete idiots running the show there, they will continue to be the laughing stock of the league.

  3. olskool711 says: Apr 29, 2011 3:45 PM

    Kinda wish the Browns had AJ Green.

    So, we will wait and see.

  4. ttommytom says: Apr 29, 2011 3:49 PM

    The Bengals are so bad that they even screwed this up. The one position they didn’t need was receiver.

  5. kingdm8 says: Apr 29, 2011 3:51 PM

    It is only when I read articles about the Bengals that I feel okay with being a Cardinals fan.

  6. Davo says: Apr 29, 2011 3:53 PM

    There goes a real chance for the Bengals to rebuild for the future.

  7. homelanddefense says: Apr 29, 2011 4:00 PM

    how could the Bengals turn down a deal like that? At the very least it would have given them tons of ammunition to move back up in RD 1 to get someone the wanted.

    I couldnt beleive what the Falcons gave up, but its worse than Cinci actually turned it down

  8. armchairgm9 says: Apr 29, 2011 4:00 PM

    And that’s why they’re the Bungals. Mike Brown is a poor man’s Al Davis.

  9. jbl429 says: Apr 29, 2011 4:05 PM

    Browns definitely made the better move. They grabbed a ton of picks in the process, both Cin. and Cle. could benefit greatly from those pick.
    I’m not sure how much of it was Marvin Lewis’s call, but I’m sure he’s not worried about next year as much as he wants to make sure he wins more games this year to keep his job.

  10. bobulated says: Apr 29, 2011 4:12 PM

    Apparently the Bengals are only one WR away from AFC North dominance. Thanks for letting us in on the secret Marv.

  11. moseszd says: Apr 29, 2011 4:25 PM

    Ah, another Hershel Walker trade… Stupid move by the Falcons. Also a stupid move by the Bengals to turn that down…

  12. finsbooyah says: Apr 29, 2011 4:37 PM

    The Falcons gave up too much. Way too much. I can’t imagine a better scenario playing out for Browns fans (especially if they can grab Hankerson with one of their 2nd round picks).

  13. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 29, 2011 4:38 PM

    Up front it would seem that the Falcons paid too high of a price, but we did have plenty of mid round picks and can realistically make up for the lost 4th rounder next year.

    I really see the true “cost” to the Falcons to be 2 first rounders and one 2nd rounder. The rest was chump change, and as long as Jones performs, it will be well worth the cost.

  14. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Apr 29, 2011 4:40 PM

    Option A- stay put and draft A.J Green
    Option B- trade out get – #27 in 2011 – #59 in 2011 – #124 in 2011 – plus first rounder 2012 and 4th rounder in 2012

    For a struggling team like the Bengals I would have taken Option B. Some of the best WR’s are found in later rounds or aren’t even drafted.

  15. granadafan says: Apr 29, 2011 4:54 PM

    That’s an awful lot to give up to move up 20 spots for one player. They’re trading the future away for now. Remember when Ditka traded all the Saints’ draft picks for Ricky Williams? Doh!

  16. worstposterever says: Apr 29, 2011 4:56 PM


    Falcons gave up WAY too much, and Bengals are retarded for not accepting that insane trade.

  17. qj1984 says: Apr 29, 2011 5:11 PM

    When you have the draft record that the Bengals have its hard to blame them for not wanting more chances to screw up.

  18. capslockkey says: Apr 29, 2011 5:16 PM

    I thought Dmitrioff was smart before this. Two 1sts, a 2nd and a 4th for one guy? If it was a franchise QB it would at least make some sense. Hell, I’m sure there are a few teams who would trade their top notch receiver for just the two first round picks. Better yet, go out and sign one of those franchise tagged defensive players to a contract and fix the real holes on the team. I can’t believe they feel a #2 WR is that much of a priority. Roddy White is pretty good last I saw.

  19. ArcticEdge says: Apr 29, 2011 5:18 PM

    not sure who the bigger loser is here, the bungles or the falcos.

  20. teke184 says: Apr 29, 2011 5:46 PM

    I’d say the Bengals are the bigger losers here because they still don’t have a QB to throw to AJ Green thanks to Carson Palmer wanting out.

    Getting a handful of picks would have helped a competent franchise completely rebuild themselves. The Bengals, though? I’m not as sure, as the Bengals are notoriously cheap when it comes to scouting, but it would probably work out better for them than drafting Green would.

  21. robbie774 says: Apr 29, 2011 6:39 PM

    bengals offense just went from old and unstable to young and promising. aj green and andy dalton could do some great things together.

  22. robbie774 says: Apr 29, 2011 6:41 PM

    by “bengals offense” i mean bengals former offensive starters…this offense is now young and dangerous, if they can shore up that o-line via free agency

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