Despite still needing a quarterback, it looks as if the Falcons are not interested in the soon to be released Byron Leftwich. The Jaguars QB was informed on Friday by the Jags that he was not going to be the starter in 2007, and that they would be either trading or releasing him sometime on Saturday. When first announced, it seemed like Leftwich to the Falcons might seem like a solid fit, but today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that appears not to be the case.
The team would not make an official statement on Leftwich, due to the fact he is still on the Jaguars roster. While the Falcons are in the market, it looks as if the apple of their eyes might either be the Raiders Andrew Walter if he is released, or possibly Derek Anderson of the Browns if he is let go.
Mark Brunell of the Redskins is another QB out there that might be let go, giving lots of choices to the Falcons. RIght now the team has Joey Harrington as their starter, with Chris Redman and Casey Bramlet as his backups. A team official stated that Letwich is not in their plans. The asking price might be too high, or possibly the team has not been that impressed with Leftwich, thinking that if the Jags are willing to let him go, he might be on the downside of his career.
So where Leftwich goes from here is anyones guess. He will be on a roster opening day, that is for sure. Where it will be is going to be interesting to see. For the Falcons, they too will make some sort of roster move at the QB spot, but likely instead of a high-profile move like Leftwich, it will most likely be a second or third tier QB like Walter or Anderson.