Falcons trying to finish the contract drill

The Falcons won't be all smiles if Peria Jerry isn't signed in time for the opening of camp.

The Falcons won't be all smiles if Peria Jerry isn't signed in time for the opening of training camp.

THE BRANCH — Most of the Falcons fans are so happy about training camp opening on Saturday, that they want to do the Halle Berry dance?

There hasn’t been this much anticipation since the 2005 season when the Falcons were considered Super Bowl contenders. That was the season after they reached the NFC title game in Jim Mora’s first season.

But there are a few pressing business matters.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff and the team negotiators have signed seven of the eight draft picks, but still must reach a deal with first-round pick Peria Jerry.

Pro Bowler Roddy White.

Pro Bowler Roddy White.

Also, Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White would like to enter the season with his contract extension in his back pocket.

The Jerry situation might go down to the wire and there will be no one to blame but former Falcon Brett Favre. See, our old buddy and noted former Buckhead party goer is also represented by James “Bus” Cook. He’s working out the Favre’s situation with the Vikings and hadn’t gotten into deep discussions with the Falcons as of last week.

Once they decide to get down to business, the deal can be done in 48 hours. It’s not nearly as complex as last season’s deal with Matt Ryan, the No. 3 pick in the draft.

Last season, Ryan signed in May during the owner’s meeting in Atlanta. It was a strategic move to get a little buzz and beat back the tide of negative publicity in the wake of the Michael Vick guilty plea and Bobby Petrino’s back door move.

But the Falcons cut it too close last season in their dealings with offensive tackle Sam Baker. He agreed to a contract late Friday night, but the contract was not approved by the league in time for Baker to start practice.

Baker was upstairs in an office, dressed and ready to go.

Baker joined the team one hour and 12 minutes after the first practice started. He was selected with the 21st pick, three ahead of where Jerry was selected this season.

CHEERLEADERS ARE SET: The 2009 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders have been selected and are all set for the season. Thanks to my FB friend and cheerleader Falcon Joie for the picture.

The 2009 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders!

The 2009 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders!

ROMANCE CORNER: First, Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson part ways.

Now this!!!

Saints running back Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian have broken up, according to People.Com.

Kim Kardashian has Saints running back Reggie Bush in her rear view mirror.

Kim Kardashian has Saints running back Reggie Bush in her rear view mirror.

This football star and wannabe Superstar thing isn’t working out to well.

TRAINING CAMP BATTLES: Here’s a quick list of some of the battles that will take shape over the next few weeks.

STRONG SAFETY: Will second-year man Thomas DeCoud be able to hold off rookie William Moore?

RESERVE LINEBACKERS: Linebacker Coy Wire finished last season as a starter at strongside, but is approaching this season like he’s on the fringe. Here’s an article from our buddy Wyche on The Wire.

CORNERBACK: Can Brent Grimes, who opened last season as the starter at left cornerback, hold onto the position this season. Look for rookie Christopher Owens to make a strong bid.

TIGHT END: Not the No. 1 spot. Tony Gonzalez has that locked up. But the No. 2 spot could be in jeopardy. Ben Hartsock is battling back from a toe injury and Justin Peelle was solid last season.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE: My man Grady Jackson is gone to Detroit to gobble up blockers for the Lions. The Falcons will have a new look here. They’ll be sleeker and faster with either Jerry, Trey Lewis or maybe even Jamaal Anderson playing next to Jonathan Babineaux.

45 comments Add your comment

JJ

July 28th, 2009
12:30 pm

Nice article DOL. Do you have the link to the Bird Cage?

It’s supposed to be the FANS BLOG (every other ga. team has one), but the AJC took the link away?

Willie Coyote

July 28th, 2009
12:40 pm

I like Anderson at Defensive tackle. While he has not gotten much pressure off the edge, I noticed he got a real nice push into the pocket when he played there. I don’t think he should be an every down tackle but some spot duty in pass situations and in some of their 3-4 blitz packages would probably yield some good results.

Regardless, they need to rotate those guys in and out the way the Giants do. Last I checked, it worked pretty well for them in ‘08.

numero1fan2000

July 28th, 2009
12:47 pm

I just saw you can buy individual tickets for all of the games befor they go on sale to the general public through the Georgia Aquarium website. They have a $55 Falcons ticket and a $27 Aquarium ticket for $50. The big games are only $65 but a great deal and before they go on sale to everyone else. Saw it on the Special Offers page on http://www.georgiaaquarium.org.

v-dub

July 28th, 2009
12:50 pm

Thanks for the new blog. The only thing that concerns me coming into this year is all the love the Falcons are getting from the national media. It seems like when that happens we take a step back and lay an egg.

Ticket Operator

July 28th, 2009
12:57 pm

Tickets go on sale Saturday guys. Let’s match 2001 – 2006 ticket sales. I know you guys say the economy is the reason the team’s season tickets are not sold out, but how can that be http://www.indystar.com/article/20090728/SPORTS03/907280314/1058/SPORTS03/Despite+economy++Colts+sell+out+again

Come on guys, show Matty Ice that he is the “face of the franchise”!

CBrass

July 28th, 2009
1:06 pm

Nice read DOL!!! The football and wanna be stars relationship never works. If they do not get Jerry’s deal done in time are you saying that he can not report to camp until it get’s done?

v-dub

July 28th, 2009
1:07 pm

That’s correct CBrass.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 28th, 2009
1:08 pm

cawren

July 28th, 2009
1:17 pm

The standard practice for training fighting dogs is to get a puppy or stray dog and tape their mouth shut. This is done so the fighting dogs can get a taste of blood with out getting hurt. .Mr. Vick had everything in the world going for him and still he chose cruelty. This man is not going to punch a time clock and work on an assembly line in some factory. He is a sports figure with adulation and endorsements. That means he is looked up to. But in reality he is a piece of refuse that so happens to be a talented athlete. The NFL has sold its soul. Is everything short of murder their guideline for reinstatement? What a standard. No wonder our young people are confused between what is right and wrong. This nasty human will now make millions of dollars in front of a cheering crowd. The message? It must be OK to participate in the brutal practice of dog fighting. In our society money is reward, lets give a standing ovation to the reinstated thug. Good luck to the team that takes him.

GOOD Riddance

JJ

July 28th, 2009
1:18 pm

thanks, DOL, it’s back up!!!
You work fast!

Evil Richt 2009 S.E.C. World Tour: "Banned in Columbus"

July 28th, 2009
1:27 pm

Any info. on what kind of shape Jerry is currently in?

MiltonDawg

July 28th, 2009
1:49 pm

Stub Hub has some great prices too. Why the dragging on Jerry’s part? Any idea how much he is asking? Blank needs to pay Roddy asap..he doesn’t need any distractions during camp and the season.

kevin

July 28th, 2009
2:02 pm

well i have to ask u a falcon fellow i hope if football owners want to add 2 games soon. Why can’t the CFL n NFL play us in reg. season also have the teams play NFL teams in there city under CFL rules n when play in a NFL home field play NFL rules….what idea that be not only would get more interst may help the CFL get more teams n play the winner of the superbowl vs a CFL team see who the best not every year say every 2 years at least!I know that sounds silly to u but hey i would see CFL teams play NFL and AFL also like toronto argonauts vs NY Giants are winnipeg vs chicago bears…..n montreal vs denver n calgary vs atlanta n edmonton vs green bay….sounds like be a hit and man would fill edmonton up n calgary to

Paddy

July 28th, 2009
2:16 pm

Cody Wire is my new hero. Wyche did a great job in showing just who this guy is and what he is about. Cody Wire for president and starting linebacker.

ghostwriter

July 28th, 2009
2:34 pm

If Coy Wire is going to be your new hero, you should probably get his name right.

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July 28th, 2009
2:38 pm

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Dos Prompt

July 28th, 2009
2:40 pm

D O L…..Who cares about Reggie Bush and his love life. Is your job that secure you can cover non Falcon related…..Hell, non football related garbage in your column? Declining subscribers mystery solved.

numero1fan2000

July 28th, 2009
2:40 pm

I just saw you can buy individual tickets for all of the games before they go on sale to the general public through the Georgia Aquarium website. They have a $55 Falcons ticket and a $27 Aquarium ticket for $50. The big games are only $65 but a great deal and before they go on sale to everyone else. Saw it on the Special Offers page on http://www.georgiaaquarium.org.

Marcus

July 28th, 2009
2:45 pm

DOL, at least one blog a month you are good for some eye candy. LOL. I memory serves, Vivica A., Halle, and the newly-transplanted Mrs. Gonzalez have all been featured at one time or another. Can’t front … R. Bush messed up. if she shows up at practice, will that encourage Mr. Jerry to sign his contract faster?
JA 98 has to show up this year. Don’t know how many sacks expected by the front-side DE (vs. blind side DE) but 2 in 2 years isn’t hittin’ on nuthing. One more year and maybe then……..he will have a Roddy like break-out year like RW84 had in ‘07 in his 3rd season.

The Grinch

July 28th, 2009
3:33 pm

You know, I never noticed it before but Kim Kardashian has a really big butt. That was nice of Reggie Bush to date her anyway; it shows he was really into her for her personality.

Sarah B

July 28th, 2009
3:45 pm

Do you guys not read the article?? It’s his agents fault being all tied up with Favre.

Chris

July 28th, 2009
3:47 pm

TYPICAL THUG! MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY that he will blow on ten cars and a ton of gold. He will then be broke like the rest of them.

JJ

July 28th, 2009
3:55 pm

Chris, this kid is not a thug from everything I read. Grew up in the country with white foster parents, he’s a country boy who likes to fish and hunt. I think you’re on the wrong blog, try bradlys blog!

Kenneth

July 28th, 2009
3:56 pm

according to NFL.com only 3 of the first round draft picks in the league are signed right now. So is it really a big deal for the Falcons to not have a deal for him yet?

Braindawg

July 28th, 2009
4:27 pm

Nothing wrong with m. vick! Its little pi$$ ants like cawron that make people who have paid there price in punishment, pay it again, and again. When will losers like cawrlearn, forgive and forget. Not pay and pay again! Go Falcons and Go M. Vick! You have my support, just not against my birds!

Dan

July 28th, 2009
4:27 pm

Sounds like James “Bus” Cook is not showing Jerry the respect, community… and the dollars too. The package. The kwan? ….Show me the money. Oh-ho-ho! SHOW! ME! THE! MONEY

falcon fever

July 28th, 2009
4:35 pm

dos prompt. you are an idiot. calm down. DOL made a small joke and you jumped down his throat. get the stick out of your butt. and chris, you too are an idiot. grow a brain. What makes him a thug? Do you know the guy. did you read the article, the part where DOL stated Favre’s indecision has inhibited jerry from signing. And he is entitled to every penny he can get out of the Falcons. All athletes are entitled to everything their club is willing to pay them. Otherwise why would a club pay you.

anti-chris

July 28th, 2009
4:40 pm

Evidently, what people do with their own money irritates Chris. And of course if he’s concerned about receiving a fair contract he must be a thug…right. What an idiot you must be.

Sarah B

July 28th, 2009
4:42 pm

No JJ that’s Michael Oher drafted by the Ravens. Jerry was his teammate. And yes I read the book. It’s called the Blind Side and excellent.

Hamad Meander

July 28th, 2009
4:43 pm

Would Jerry be the last draftee left for the Falcons to sign? If so, I think they’ll get the job done soon enough – usually on those bottom first rounders, you basically get the deal that’s the average of the guy above and the guy below you. Sometimes the holes just need to start getting filled before more deals are made.

Ryno

July 28th, 2009
4:49 pm

When the Saints come to the dome – I hope to see a bunch of posters with K. Kardashian on it – gotta get in Reggie’s head!

CRUSH THE SAINTS!

Smitty

July 28th, 2009
4:51 pm

All you Vick haters need to get a grip. As long as he can make a contribution he will find a place to play. and he should. How much price should he have to pay? Michael Irwin , who by the way has been advocating in his favor, as he should, was suspended for being caught in a motel room full of Crack with 2 hookers, and he is in the Hall of Fame. Ray Lewis was acquited, although questionably innocent, of killing 2 guys in Buckhead, and he is headed for the Hall, playing still as we speak.let vick alone. he has paid a very heavy price for his arrogance and ignorance

Stewart

July 28th, 2009
4:52 pm

I’m not real thrilled about the Roddy White situation. If anybody holds out, it will be R. White. Roddy, here’s a tip, you are under contract. A piece of paper with your signature on it. Do what you say you are going to do, and stop acting like a jack a$$. If you deserve a contract extension after this year, and I’m sure you will, then work that out when the time is appropriate. Do not be a distraction, understand it’s not about you, it’s about the team.

Unca' Bob

July 28th, 2009
5:06 pm

Ziggy Hood, the third DL in the Draft, has been signed to a four year deal by the Steelers. No terms were disclosed.

D3

July 28th, 2009
6:00 pm

DOL – Great article my man. Looks like you and I are going to form a formidable one-two punch for the Falcons. The UGA Blog and the Junkyard Blawg better watch out!

Roddy – Here’s to hoping a deal gets done sooner rather than later. They may opt to do what they did with Babs and Jenks by re-upping them during the year. There’s no question that he should be signed, period. Right or wrong, the market has settled with Fitzgerald getting his deal(4 yrs, $40 mill and Jennings getting overpaid (3 yrds, $27 mill). Looks like it will take somewhere over $9 million a year to keep him in red & black.

Clabo & Dahl – Although Roddy is stealing the headlines of re-upping, this “nasty boy” combo needs to get re-signed as well, because if they hit the FA market, we can get ready to rebuild the right side of our O-Line once again.

Jerry – I think it will get signed in due time. I can’t see Jerry missing any camp, thus giving Trey Lewis any head start on solidifying that starting spot.

[...] Signing Jerry Falcons’ priority Most of the Falcons fans are so happy about training camp opening on Saturday, that they want to do the Halle Berry dance? There hasn’t been this much anticipation since the 2005 season when the Falcons were considered Super Bowl contenders. [...]

Origional Fan

July 28th, 2009
6:41 pm

Sara B, will you marry me? LOL. I love your posts girlfriend. I have full confidence that THIS STAFF WILL take care of business. I have been a fan since the franchise was awarded to ATL. I have never been this excited about a season, including ‘99. Roddy will get a deal. I have no worries about Big Jerry.

Paddy

July 28th, 2009
6:50 pm

Chris… of course its about the money. What else would it be about? Pick up the check, get it while you can. What is wrong with that ? There are some real positives to be telling folks you are now set for life. It’s the American way of life. I love this country!

Bank Walker

July 28th, 2009
8:16 pm

dam, look at all that boooty

Bank Walker

July 28th, 2009
8:19 pm

“Kim Kardashian has Saints running back Reggie Bush in her rear view mirror”. I bet that’s where he stayed

JJ

July 28th, 2009
9:55 pm

Are u kidding me?

plan b

July 29th, 2009
8:25 am

I still say Roddy White is not a proven great WR. Let’s use this year to see just how much he is worth. He is not a Fitzgerald.

cutter

July 29th, 2009
1:20 pm

plan b- If 2500 yds over the last two years and a pro bowl doesn’t prove anything to you then nothing will. Saying he’s not Larry Fitzgerald says what exactly…the only way to be considered great is to be Larry Fitzgerald? Roddy finally got a QB and look what happened. Larry Fitzgerald put up around 2800 yds over the last two years and Roddy has over 2500 but one is great and the other one hasn’t proven anything yet. WOW! Did Roddy refuse to sign an autograph for you or something. Get real Roddy deserves an extension and fast.

cutter

July 29th, 2009
1:30 pm

Since Larry Fitzgerald is not Andre Johnson does that mean Larry’s not great either?? Andre Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards in 08.

David Paris

July 31st, 2009
9:10 pm

Roddy White need to simply honor the final year of the contract that he signed and play football.
There is always the risk of injury. Not many people on the planet have his skill set but not many make over 2 mil per year. The average working man or woman would find it difficult to commiserate with Roddy especially in this difficult economy.