Free agency has been a real big yawner here in the ATL.
The Falcons biggest offseason move so far has been to re-sign defensive end Chauncey Davis.
Here’s the breakdown on Davis’ four –year, $14 million contract. He received a $3 million signing bonus and has base salaries of $2 million in 2009, $2.6 million in 2010, $3 million in 2011 and $3.4 in 2012.
The $3 million signing bonus accounts for $750,000 on the cap each year of the contract giving Davis’ salary cap numbers of $2.75 million, $3.35, $3.75 and $4.15.
The Falcons free agent shopping list is short. They want a pass-catching tight end and a reserve offensive lineman.
The Falcons approach to free agency reveals that they will address their secondary and linebacker units in the draft, which will be held April 25 and 26.
They still have to replace Lawyer Milloy. Right now, Thomas DeCoud and Jamaal Fudge would be competing for that spot.
They also have to replace cornerback Domonique Foxworth. They are placing a lot of stock in the return of Von Hutchins, who missed last season with a broken foot.
Hutchins is more of a nickel back. His return would free up Chevis Jackson to compete for Foxworth’s spot against Brent Grimes, David Irons and the draft pick(s).
The linebacker unit is in better shape with the re-signing of Coy Wire. He was starting at strongside for Michael Boley at the end of last season. Stephen Nicholas appears ready for his chance to win the weakside spot.
Taking a look around the NFC South, it has been pretty darn busy down in Tampa Bay. They are re-vamping their offense and picked up running Derrick Ward and tight end Kellen Winslow II after losing out in the Albert Haynesworth sweepstakes.
New Orleans re-signed linebacker Jonathan Vilma, which was their main goal.
Carolina has been relatively quiet after re-signing Jordan Gross and slapping the franchise tag on Julius Peppers.
Here’s a look at how the conference is doing in the offseason, player procurement business:
OT Will Svitek
P Michael Koenen, franchise tag
DE Chauncey Davis re-signed with the Falcons. He received a four-year, $14 million contract. $3 million signing bonus.
LB Coy Wire
LB Tony Gilbert re-signed with the Falcons.
TE Justin Peelle
RG Harvey Dahl, 2nd round tender
RT Tyson Clabo, 2nd round tender
C-G Ben Wilkerson, 0ne-year, $535,000
RB Jason Snelling re-signed.
CB Brent Grimes re-signed.
DB Antoine Harris re-signed.
DT Jason Jefferson, re-signed
S Jamaal Fudge, re-signed
LB Michael Boley: Giants; $25 million, five years.
LB Keith Brooking: Cowboys; $6 million, $2.5 guaranteed, three-years
CB Domonique Foxworth: Ravens; $27.2 million, four years, $16.5 million guaranteed.
DT Grady Jackson; UFA Lions; $8 million, three years.
LT Todd Weiner (retired).
LT Jordan Gross
DE Julius Peppers, franchise tag
C Geoff Hangartner (Buffalo)
T Frank Omiyale (Chicago)
OL Jeremy Bridges (released)
WR D.J. Hackett (released)
RB Nick Goings (released)
TAMAPA BAY BUCCANEERS
LB Niko Koutouvides (Denver)
RB Derrick Ward (Giants)
TE Kellen Winslow II (Cleveland)
K Mike Nugent (Jets)
WR Antonio Bryant
S Jermaine Phillips
S Will Allen
WR Michael Clayton
WR Cortez Hankton
TE Jerramy Stevens
LB Derrick Brooks (released)
RB Warrick Dunn (released)
CB Phillip Buchanon (Detroit)
DT Jovan Haye (Tennessee)(
LB Cato June (released)
QB Jeff Garcia (released)
WR Joey Galloway (released)
WR Ike Hilliad (released)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
CB Jabari Greer ( Buffalo)
LB Jonathan Vilma
OT Jon Stinchcomb
WR Devery Henderson
LB Troy Evans
RB Deuce McAllister (released)
WR David Patten (released)
Who’s winning the offeseason game of roster building in the NFC South?