Atlanta made a big splash with Turner in Free Agency in 2008
In the weeks leading up to free agency, Falcons fans (including us) worked ourselves into a bit of a frenzy full of expectations as we awaited March 13th like kids on Christmas Eve. What presents would we unwrap on our free agent holiday? Would Thomas Dimitroff and Arthur Blank give us the ultimate present of a fierce pass rushing defensive end in Mario Williams, or someone to protect our franchise QB in the form of a guard like Carl Nicks? Carl Nicks is off the table as the Bucs signed him for a boat load of cash. The Falcons also don't appear to be players in the race to make Mario Williams the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. In fact, the Falcons have been vewy vewy quiet. So which wabbits are they hunting?
Since free agency has started, the Falcons have re-signed #3 receiver Harry Douglas and they have re-signed back-up QB Chris Redman. Not exactly Super Bowl inspiring moves but I do actually like both moves. The number of players that the Falcons have been linked with has been minimal. They were said to be among the leaders to sign defensive lineman Kendall Langford. They've also been said to be looking at re-upping John Abraham (Matt speculated on this Monday). My guess is that Abraham has not found the free agent market to be what he thought it would be as only the Titans have been mentioned as suitors.
The fans hoped for the Falcons to be one of the more aggressive teams out there and to help set the market. Let's be honest for a minute. Laurent Robinson signed for five years and $32.5 million. The Cowboys made their splash by signing Brandon Carr to a deal worth around $10 million per year. The Falcons are playing free agency the boring....but smart way. Do you really want a contract like those on your hands for players of that quality? The Falcons are letting the market set and seeing what values will be available. Is that the best way to make their moves? Only time will tell.
It's obvious that the Falcons are pretty happy with their core players. Could it be that a lot of the blame for last season is being placed firmly at the feet of Mike Mularkey and Brian Van Gorder? Absolutely. How aggressive the Falcons are in the rest of free agency with their limited cap space (and also with making additional cap space by cutting dead weight or re-structuring contracts) will show us just how confident the Falcons brass is with their current pieces. After the dust settles, who is left that you would like to see the Falcons go after? ESPN's John Clayton tweeted out earlier today that there are still 381 remaining free agents. It looks like this will be a marathon and not a sprint for the Falcons.
@GritsBlitzBlog will the Falcons cut ties with Ovie who is costing us 2 much money and cut lose Baker who is not what we need? Are we gonna trade Turner or release him? We should cut Turner sign LT or Benson to a 1 or 2 yr deal we still have the draft next year for big name rb's coming out....let me know whats going on RISE UP
@GritsBlitzBlog If they're goal is to make me throw my printer out of the window it could work as soon as tomorrow. #frustrated
@Big Dawg 37 Big Dawg, Thanks for registering and posting! I think the Falcons will make moves but not before they feel they need to. If the Falcons find a guy that they want at the right price and need to free up room then that's when you will see them go into action. Although, it does feel like they are very satisfied with the status quo and want to see what a chance in coordinators will bring with the current group of players (minus Lofton and Abe).
In terms of Baker, yes everybody who writes for this blog is shocked he is still with the team. I think he has naked photos of somebody's wife but that's just me. Ovie and Turner are definitely guys I could see being re-structured or in Ovie's case possibly being let go. I've read that Ovie's cap number if around $4 million so he could be the first to go.
One thing to remember is that until Brent Grimes signs his franchise tender, the Falcons can still use this money ($10 million). So the Falcons are in a position where they do have more money than it looks like, but once Grimes signs then they will have to make some moves if they use his money in the interim.
@Big Dawg 37 @GritsBlitzBlogSome great questions. The Ovie situation is TBD. Still up in the air. Though, I would say with his TV stuff he's got going on that he may be calling it quits. That's my guess. Baker has us all scratching our heads. Not sure why he was even on the roster on Tuesday. I honestly don't think we are going to trade or release Turner unless some spectacular deal comes along for something we desperately need (pass rushers...cornerbacks). It's clear that the Falcons are set on pretty much standing pat with what we've got. I don't see them going out and taking a chance on a LT or Benson, not when you know what you've got in Turner, Quizz and Snelling. Hope that helps!
@ZodiacFalconFan Does Arthur own any printer manufacturing or sales companies? Could be that is their long-term plan.
Yea Ovie is making tooooo much we can let him go and still use Cox at full back along with Snelling. I am sure our new oc will have a new game plan involved such as more screen plays. We need to release Baker and replace him with Mcneil before he go to another team and we scratching our heads. Far as Grimes I still say we should have never tagged him, we should have went got another cb. Time is ticking and I am a die hard falcon fan and we need to make moves asap.
Well the reason I said L.T. or Benson is because they are quicker than Turner. We can always get a good rb in this year draft or next year draft to replace Turner. Baker can be replace with Mcneil asap; we need to let Ovie go cause he is making to much as a fb; we still got Cox and can use Snelling at fb as well. Work out a deal resign Abraham, along with getting Anderson or Langford. Do you know if Osi Umenyiora is avaible or he stayin in NY? If Grimes sign the contract that will hurt us fincially but if he don't there are still other cb's out there we can get for a reasonable amount to help out in nickel packages. We always settle for what we have every year and we never go beyond the limits to bring in impact players and falcon fans become upset every year because we never go after players that can make a huge impact. Getting Edwards last year was a waste that's my personal thoughts Bierman had a more prodtucive season.
Well dealing with the fact we have better well known def coordinator we should have made an attempt to bring Rodgers here as well as Goldshon whih our coordinator know...Landry would fit in nice as well but I'm sure we wouldn't consider him even though he would replace Sanders whom we lost which was a bad choice.....I personally like Sanders he put up good numbers just imagine what he would do with the new coordinator!!!
Really....okay well hopefully he loves the Dirty South and ATL we will welcome him with southern hospitalty we need him like sign the contract McNeil....
@Big Dawg 37 McNeil is coming in for a visit next week (he's also visiting KC).
@Big Dawg 37 Thing is we would have had to over-pay to either keep Grimes or to get somebody else that we really don't know that much about and pay them the same money. I think the prevailing thought at Flowery Branch was that Grimes was better (or a better fit) then anybody on the market and that we would at minimum overpay him for one year while we figured out what to do with that position.
L.T. yea I agree but far as Turner its time to move past him and start looking ahead. Let's be honest we never keep great players on the Falcon's roster for a long period of time. We have made too many mistakes in the past and we suffer or over came them. For example: D. Hall Vick Kerney Schaub just a few names. Edwards really need to work hard this training camp and summer. If he don't show any signs of improvement that was waste of money we spent....any idea who we are really considering taking in the draft?
@Big Dawg 37 A couple of notes here....count me out on LT. He just doesn't seem to have anything left. I would rather go into the year with a tandem of Rodgers/Snelling than think about depending on LT. That being said, I still think Turner has something left and can still be a very good back for us (but not an everydown back).
I agree on your DE thoughts but Anderson has to come at the right price. Saw something today that strongly suggested that he is pricing himself out of the market and went as far as to call him a "one down" player. But if we could land those three guys within the cap that would be a great fit for us.
Osi is under contract for one more year with the G-men.
In terms of Edwards, he was banged up but did try and play. He didn't just sit out and collect a paycheck. So I admire him for that but yes in terms of just on-the-field he was a big disappointment. Hopefully he can improve this season.
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@ZodiacFalconFan Yes, but nobody will think to look at those barren wastelands. They might not even know how to use the outdated technology
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