Atlanta Falcons release CB Tye Hill; sign Matt Giordano

Hill returned a interception 54 yards for a touchdown against the Redskins last seeason. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Hill returned an interception for a touchdown against the Redskins last season. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

ATHENS — The Falcons continue to tinker with their secondary.

They released cornerback Tye Hill and signed safety Matt Giordano on Tuesday.

Hill was acquired on Sept. 1 from the St. Louis Rams for a seventh round pick.

Matt Giordano

Matt Giordano

Hill, a former first round pick with the Rams, played in eight games in 2009. He had seven tackles and one interception, which returned for a touchdown.

Giordano, a five-year veteran, has played with the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers. He has played in 60 games, with just six starts.

Giordano, who played for the Packers last season, is 5-foot-11, 194 pounds. He was a fourth round pick (135th overall) in the 2005 draft.

After finishing 28th in the league against the pass, the Falcons have been revamping the secondary this offseason.

They signed cornerback Dunta Robinson to a six-year, $57-million contract in free agency and re-signed cornerback Brian Williams, who is recovering from knee surgery.

The traded cornerback Chris Houston to the Detroit Lions and elected not to extend tender offers safeties Jamaal Fudge and Antoine Harris.

138 comments Add your comment

truth

March 16th, 2010
2:58 pm

FIRST!!!!!! HOLY FREAK’EN COW I’M FIRST!!!!!!

truth

March 16th, 2010
3:02 pm

My life is now complete. I would like to stick to all the people who said I would never be first in anything. However, I would like to thank my mother who said if I tried hard and persevere I would make something of my life. Mom……this is for you!!!!

truth

March 16th, 2010
3:04 pm

Oh and who’s that saftey with a spaghetti sauce last name.

Falcons FAil No More

March 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

Dan-O

March 16th, 2010
3:06 pm

My, how the mighty have fallen. What happened with Tye Hill? Did he not put in the effort needed to succeed or was he overrated to begin with? What do you know about Matt Girodano, DOL? I trust that front office now and feel the team is better with just about every move they make, but tell us about this new guy!

Falcons FAil No More

March 16th, 2010
3:06 pm

lol, way to waste a pick….

cutter

March 16th, 2010
3:07 pm

Dimitroff blew this one. Like I said before a bust is a bust no matter what color his uniform is. Dumb trade in the first place.

truth

March 16th, 2010
3:11 pm

Just my way of making fun of all the “first” freaks. lol.

Who?

March 16th, 2010
3:12 pm

Once again, who?

I have a comment

March 16th, 2010
3:14 pm

well you did a good job. screw all the Firsties.

cutter

March 16th, 2010
3:16 pm

Strictly a special teamer, 4th round draft pick by Colts in 05. 4.4 speed. He’ll probably replace Antoine Harris at FS.

ATLJBO

March 16th, 2010
3:16 pm

Matt Giordano is a good backup

The Real Falcon

March 16th, 2010
3:17 pm

falconsforlife

March 16th, 2010
3:18 pm

No one is perfect, and this was definitely a bad move by TD. Thankfully he hsn’t made many of them.

Terrell

March 16th, 2010
3:20 pm

Guys it was a 7th round pick! You make it seem like he traded a 1st or 2nd rounder. There are very few guys that you pick up in the 7th round. Yes you may find some, but we didn’t lose anything

I have a comment

March 16th, 2010
3:21 pm

Matt Giordano, GB Packers 2009, Indy Colts 2005-2008
Height: 5-11 Weight: 200 Age: 27
Born: 10/16/1982 Fresno , CA
College: California
Experience: 6th season
High School: Buchanan HS [Clovis, CA]

Had 2 tackles in the 2009 season in 5 games.
Career totals : Games – 60, Tackles – 66, Assist – 16, Sacks – 0, PassDeflect – 7, Ints – 3, TDs – 1

chc4

March 16th, 2010
3:22 pm

People are so stupid. Not every move is going to work. We traded a 7th round pick for a former 1st rounder. Two years ago we traded a 7th for Foxworth and he was solid. Then TD let the Ravens overpay him (he had a rough yr in Baltimore) and now we get a comp pick in this year’s draft. All in all we have gotten much better under his watch.

waynester

March 16th, 2010
3:26 pm

At the time we picked up Hill we were desperate for depth–was a 7th too much to pay for a little insurance while we still had playoff aspirations? Is hindsight 20/20? How many angels…..
Gotta admit,though, I too am mystfied by the downfall of Tye Hill. He seemed to be the real thang…..

JJ

March 16th, 2010
3:31 pm

And out come the Dimitroff nut hugers.

truth

March 16th, 2010
3:32 pm

Please someone tell me why this is a bad move? Or better yet, someone tell falconsforlife.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 16th, 2010
3:37 pm

You all are having fun today.

Got to write the UGA pro day story.

Smitty and Dimitroff had to leave a little early to catch a plane. Asked if they were leaving for Columbia, Missouri. Dimitroff said, “What? Have you been reading plane logs again?” I think that’s an admission. Off to see Sean Weatherspoon.

Headmofo

March 16th, 2010
3:39 pm

Letting Tye Hill go was bound to happen. Not a good look when you are being asked to leave the vaunted Falcon’s Secondary.

The only way he will make it in the league now is if he is willing to change positions. Free Safety may be a smart move for him ala Bryan Scott with the Bills (former Falcon Corner turned Safety).

Tye Hill was pretty fast but he couldn’t cover a Twin size bed with King size sheets and thats why St Louis let him go for the bargain basement price of a 7th round draft pick.

7th Round Picks usually don’t make your team and if they do it is primarily special teams.

WTF are you thinking??

March 16th, 2010
3:44 pm

Yea, DOL because they are going to draft “Spoon” with the 19th pick, not an F-in center. Don’t give us another mock draft with a center at #19. Put some thought into the next one.

CaliDirtyBird

March 16th, 2010
3:48 pm

So I’m wondering… We add one CB and lose two does this mean we still pick one up in the draft or via free agency or are they counting on B. Williams to be 100%?

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 16th, 2010
3:50 pm

I’m with you on Pouncey DOL !!!!

waynester

March 16th, 2010
3:54 pm

DLed
massive coverage, please…

Clive Cussler

March 16th, 2010
3:57 pm

ATL signed Giordino, perhaps Dirk Pitt is next.

Mafia

March 16th, 2010
3:58 pm

Now hopefully we will draft AOA. He is a reliable corner that could also help us out in the return game. And TD is usually pretty good at evaluating talent from smaller schools.

tree rollins

March 16th, 2010
3:58 pm

Nice to see Jim Mora back coaching – in HIGH SCHOOL (hahaha) !! Maybe Mike Vick can join his team as the starting QB he feels he should be….

D3

March 16th, 2010
3:58 pm

DOL – Thanks for the very surprising info. Any scoops on this move would be much appreciated. Hard to imgaine that he wouldn’t at least get a chance to compete for a spot after a full off-season with the team.

Really surprised on this one guys and gals. Not necessarily that he was cut, but that he was cut now before he had any chance to go through a full off-season. Must be something we don’t know. That leaves us with the following CB’s: Robinson, Grimes, Owens, Jackson, Williams.

Considering we carried 5 CBs on our active roster, this one’s hard to believe, especially since he gave up a 7th rounder for him. To many other teams, it may not mean much, but two of his 7th rounders (Vance Walker and Keith Zinger) were on last year’s active roster, particuarly with Walker having such a good year and cementing himself solidly in the future DT rotation, at least IMO. Big question is whether we get a compensatory 7th rounder for Big Grady Jackson, I’ve seen where we will and I’ve also seen where we won’t. TD must feel really good about the CB depth in this draft

Tim Tebow's Tears

March 16th, 2010
3:59 pm

I WANT CJ SPILLER

Dirt Diggler

March 16th, 2010
4:00 pm

Figured he’d be gone soon. He was fast, but him and my mom had about the same coverage skills on the island.

RGO67

March 16th, 2010
4:02 pm

Now I see why there was no info on Tye Hill, with the trade on Chris to Detroit that pick will be used to replace the 7th rounder.

cutter

March 16th, 2010
4:03 pm

Headmofo- That’s was a good one. LOL!

geno

March 16th, 2010
4:13 pm

Spiller,nah, good college player, but DEFENSE wins Championships. Brandon Graham !!! Go Falcons !!!

cutter

March 16th, 2010
4:19 pm

Atlanta interviewed Spoon at the combine then they showed up at his pro day and now they are on their way to Missouri. At the very least you can begin to assume that OLB is a position of serious interest. I realize there will be more visits with other potential picks but again the OLB position seems to be one of serious interest for the Atlanta Falcons.

Giordano

March 16th, 2010
4:28 pm

Dude has like 92 speed in Madden 10, one of the best ratings for safeties. He must be awesome then!

FalconsFan384

March 16th, 2010
4:29 pm

If he wasn’t good enough for the Rams then why do some people think he was good enough for the Falcons?

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 16th, 2010
4:38 pm

Wonder if he is making room for an anticipated draft of Arenas, cover ST and CB depth all at once!

Whatever the Falcons saw of Hill’s offseason prep must have left them decidedly umimpressed.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 16th, 2010
4:39 pm

Cutter: It’s all a smokescreen. They want to get us looking one way and then make a stutter step: MAURKICE POUNCEY!!!

Like Pat Kirwan says on Sirius, “Don’t eat the cheese!!!”

BravesFanSince1961

March 16th, 2010
4:39 pm

I’m thinking the Giordano move is to give the Falcons special teams DBs (Grimes, etc.) a break so they can concentrate on the defense alone. A really good special teamer effects more than just the special teams. As for Mr. Hill; while I have nothing against him personally, I should point out that he couldn’t even make the Rams. It was worth the gamble of a 7th for a former 1st rounder.

Oh! And last! (For now.)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 16th, 2010
4:40 pm

Waynester: Massive coverage . . . is that a good thing? I hope so.

About to jump in the bat mobile and head back to the ATL!

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 16th, 2010
4:41 pm

Wishing the 7th for Hill had been conditional – that pick could have been used on the top kicker coming out of college!

That said, they had immediate needs at the end of the season, and he was a bit of an upgrade over a warm body off the street for a low price. Wondering, a year from now, if the 7th pick they got is still on the St Louis roster :-)

cutter

March 16th, 2010
4:43 pm

Yea… I’m sure that’s what it was. The old dreaded offseason prep jumped up and bit him. I doubt very seriously if it had anything at all to do with his play on the field during the season.

cutter

March 16th, 2010
4:46 pm

D.O.L.- Yea right. The old let’s fly to Missouri to throw people off the scent trick. I gotcha.

cutter

March 16th, 2010
4:49 pm

I do think we draft a center though just not in the 1st round.

florida falcon

March 16th, 2010
4:50 pm

Even though you can’t hit a HR on every move. At least Dimitroff is willing to let go of a “mistake”, instead of letting his ego get in the way and hanging on to a “mistake”. Kudos to the Falcons front office.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 16th, 2010
4:51 pm

Falcons have 3 major positions of need in this draft #1) DE #2) OLB #3) OT and the 1st pick unless traded will go for the best available player among these three needs. NOT A CENTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TXDawg

March 16th, 2010
5:07 pm

Why is nobody talking about the DE from USC that McShay is projecting the Falcons to select in the 1st round?

Anybody know anything about him?

singletary

March 16th, 2010
5:20 pm

I’m with you CHC. Everyone will be “missl’d” (my baby word)or mislead at some point. If TD is hitting above 80% (which I think he is,) I will continue to say he’s da man, even though my beloved spouse continually yells “Go Dorsey” whenever MR2 makes a play. Go Dawg, Go Falcs .. I’ll even say Go Tech today!