This past week has been a wild one. The biggest news story was the legendary Peyton Manning being released by the Colts. I still blame Jim Irsay for making this as messy as it was. What happens if Andrew Luck becomes Ryan Leaf? You're not only setting your franchise back a few years, you just about kill it. The whole situation is messy; the press conference yesterday was enough of a tearjerker in its own right. Here lies the brutality of free agency.
The Atlanta Falcons have many goals this off-season. This week, I would like to discuss some free agency options. Some of which we have already signed, others we lie awake at night hoping for. This is a very important off-season for the Falcons.
Brent Grimes was franchised tagged last weekend. I'm sure by now everyone heard his agent's claims to not sign the tender... good luck! This was a no-brainer; Atlanta could not let him walk out the door. The franchise tag is so cheap this year it is allowing teams to swindle players into sticking around. Many of these players like Grimes, Ray Rice, and Drew Brees were not happy because they could not get a long-term deal. I for one completely understand their frustration, but the players know there is a business side to the NFL. As for the Brees situation, it is a colossal breakdown that will be costly. Carl Nicks and Marques Colston are now free agents. Gentlemen start your engines! The free agent frenzy can begin.
Another interesting story floating around the league this week is about Mario Williams. He is due to be a free agent this season and it seems Atlanta will be among the early leaders for Super Mario. He is coming out of a 3-4 scheme looking to transition back to a 4-3. Atlanta is in desperate need of a pass rusher, it is unlikely Abe will resign for a reasonable salary and that will force TD’s hand. Atlanta needs to make a splash in free agency because there isn't a first round pick to rely on this year. The only way the Falcons are getting better is through free agency. I will speak a lot more about Mario over the next few weeks; I believe this is realistic location for his services to land.
Carl Nicks also looks to be heading into the free agency pool. This pro bowl guard could be the missing cog in the Falcons offense. Last year we did not resign Harvey Dahl. That proved to be a massive loss on the interior of the line. If Atlanta could dream up a guard it is Carl Nicks. Drew Brees is an amazing QB, but I ask you to really look at his blocking over the last few years. It has been impeccable. Maybe Carl Nicks could elevate Matty Ice into the elite category… Speaking of Matt Ryan, This week news hit that the Falcons have begun contract talks with his agent. The Iceman is on the verge of a massive payday.
The Falcons have resigned Thomas DeCoud. This is the result of a lackluster safety class in the draft this year. Many people doubt his abilities but nevertheless Falcons fans, #28 will be back this year. Kroy Biermann was also resigned this week. Mr Housewife of Atlanta is getting better and better each year, and maybe this is the year he finally puts it all together. The re-signing of Jason Snelling was surprising to me. He has been a godsend in this offense, but I believe the Falcons need to devote more time to Jacquizz Rodgers. Honestly, I have no idea what the future of the running back situation is in Atlanta. For now we have Michael Turner, and that is good enough for me.
Everything is beginning to heat up Falcons fans. The next 2-3 weeks will be very interesting. Who are some big name free agents you hope to see in the Georgia Dome next season?