Brent Grimes, Thomas DeCoud earn extra cash

Thomas DeCoud congratulates Brent Grimes, who led the team with six interceptions. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Thomas DeCoud congratulates Brent Grimes, who led the team with six interceptions. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes and safety Thomas DeCoud were in the top 25 players league-wide to receive additional salary as part of the league’s “Performance-Based Pay” program, the National Football League announced on Tuesday.

Grimes received an additional $282,484, which ranked 15th in the league.

DeCoud received an additional $250,401, which ranked 23rd in the league.

Minnesota center John Sullivan earned the top figure in the league at $397,555.

The system was created as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement extension with the NFL Players Association. The amount is arrived at by a formula that compares playing time to salary.

Here’s how the formula is calculated:

“Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a ‘player index,”‘ according to a league press release. “To produce the index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.”

Grimes had a bumpy start to last season. He struggled in the preseason at left cornerback and couldn’t hold down the position after the team acquired Brian Williams.

He started off the season playing in nickel situations on the left side and Williams slid down inside. When Williams was lost for the season with a knee injury, Grimes returned to the starting lineup, but continued to struggle.

After Chris Houston, who’s since been traded, was out with a hamstring injury, Grimes’ career started to take traction on the right side. He appeared more comfortable on that side of the field and ended up leading the team in interceptions with six.

DeCoud was solid all season at free safety and was named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team.

47 comments Add your comment

bigeasy830

March 23rd, 2010
2:55 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 23rd, 2010
2:57 pm

bigeasy830

March 23rd, 2010
2:58 pm

I hate the Falcons but they are a playmaker away on defense from being a serious contender.

Billy

March 23rd, 2010
3:00 pm

E-Roll

March 23rd, 2010
3:03 pm

Five hundred thirty eighth!!!

Trainwreck

March 23rd, 2010
3:03 pm

Good for those guys. So DOL who do you think is going to start opposite of Dunta? Owens or Grimes?

JB FALCON

March 23rd, 2010
3:03 pm

DeCoud and Grimes both worked for and deserve every cent they were awarded. Hopefully this is just the tip of the spotlight that will shine on the Falcons in the near future.

Marcus

March 23rd, 2010
3:05 pm

bigeasy, hopefully that guy is wearing No. 23 now … and not the guy we just traded to DET.

E-Roll

March 23rd, 2010
3:08 pm

We also have to keep that injury bug away from us this upcoming season bigeasy so we can give your bayou boyz some competition.

On a side note, I work at the Georgia Dome and on days like this I just go down on the field and just look at all of those black and red seats and continue my countdown until the season starts. GOD I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!

Jim

March 23rd, 2010
3:09 pm

That interception against Brees when he leaped in the air was worth extra payday by itself-if he was only about a foot taller!

E-Roll

March 23rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Trainwreck – My money is on Owens because he shows strong run support while also flashing good coverage skills but either one is going to make me happier than the departed dread head one whose name shall not be spoken.

Chucktown 38

March 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

I will be Williams if he is healthy with Grimes or Owns playing nickle. Sorry for you Chevis maybe after Williams retires.

SC Smith

March 23rd, 2010
3:19 pm

Trainwreck, I’m betting on Brian Williams if healthy but if not Owens.

Mave2124

March 23rd, 2010
3:19 pm

Hope Grimes gets a chance on the Right Side and Dunta plays the Left. What does BVG and Lewis think?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 23rd, 2010
3:24 pm

Trainwreck — Brian Williams (if healthy) is my guess. Should be a pretty good competition back there.

E-Roll – Thanks for sharing!!!

Jim — That was an incredible play by Grimesy!!!

spectator

March 23rd, 2010
3:31 pm

In Falcons losses anytime the other team needed a pass completion all they had to do was throw on Grimes. Apparently a lot of people are now just remembering the handful of good plays he made and forgetting all those where his man ran free in the secondary. If Grimes starts for the Falcons they will continue to be a poor defense. I doubt he will, though.

Trainwreck

March 23rd, 2010
3:35 pm

Yeah as soon as i posted that I thought “Well what about Williams.” I am very interested to see how it all shakes out. I like the guys we have with Robinson, Williams, Grimes, and Owens. I’m guessing Chevis Jackson won’t be seeing the field much besides special teams.

waynester

March 23rd, 2010
3:37 pm

Both those guys earned that $$ last year. Now we are counting on them to step up bigtime in 2010. Hey, wasn’t DeCoud a 3rd rd comp pick? Shows you how valuable those extras really are….

waynester

March 23rd, 2010
3:45 pm

DLed
I saw that Pat Yasinskas had Grimes as the top “athlete” in the NFC South– not best player, but along with Aquib Talib and Thomas Davis the most athletic players in our division. Difficult to argue with his choices as all 3 are more talented than the average bear! Congrats on getting noticed for on-the-field performance rather than guys like the subject of your previous blog…..

uga_b

March 23rd, 2010
3:46 pm

D-Led, do you think the Falcons would like Owens to win the job over Williams? Obviously, they will play whomever is better and Williams was great last year, but I like Owens physical tools and Williams would be great in the nickel package and would give him less wear on that knee. Having had ACL repair, it takes 2 years to feel great.

PMC

March 23rd, 2010
3:51 pm

Eric Coleman has been raking in money under this campaign… ultimately it shouldn’t be called the “performance based pay” program. It should be called the…. “My agent is Crap” program… or the my team is paying Jamaal Anderson WHAT?????? and I’m getting WHAT????? program.

waynester

March 23rd, 2010
3:52 pm

DLed
Pat Yas actually had Bush #1, Grimes 2nd, Sorry for the omission NO fans….

WreckinBall

March 23rd, 2010
3:58 pm

GO FALCONS – - – - DEFEAT THE SAINTS IN 2010!!!! – - – -

littlebird

March 23rd, 2010
4:12 pm

Brent Grimes is the man with the “heart” when he takes the field on game day. His stature may be
small but his play is BIGGGG . . . wish a lot of the bigger guys had his HEART. The guy loves to play the game and gives it his ALL every play! May the football gods smile on him in the future.

Maxx

March 23rd, 2010
4:17 pm

Spectator- Grimes did get abused on the left side, but really started to make plays on the ball on the right side…he looked much more comfortable over there. He needs to improve his tackling, but his play on the ball over the 2nd half of the season was impressive. 6 interceptions is a good season for any corner

grimetime912

March 23rd, 2010
4:33 pm

They both deserved the CASH$$$$$…Good Job Grimes…Decoud…now lets go and get that NFC Title next year and a Trip to the SuperBowl..GO FALSONS

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 23rd, 2010
5:10 pm

Waynester — DeCoud was a third round comp pick. I’d talked to Coach Dungy about his All Pro Dad program. Wrote a separate article on that. Of course, I had to ask him about the player in question and that was the origin of the other blog you referenced.

uga_b — There might be more of a coaching comfort level with the veteran.

PMC — I like your name for the program. Since it’s inception, Erik Coleman is league’s top earner at $837,654.

Da Boys

March 23rd, 2010
6:16 pm

They need to give some of that money to Miles Austin for the way he ran all over them in Dallas

JosephdaKoolest

March 23rd, 2010
6:36 pm

First things first Big Easy you need to be easy you are in Atlanta. Now Falcons fans lets just pray that we get a pash rush. Rather its through the draft through free agency or via trade. Personally I believe we are a pass rush away from the superbowl. All the other elememts are in place for success. Although we need to get better at stopping the run we improved from a year ago. Our overall defense improved with all of the injuries. Our biggest issue was getting off the feel on third down. We were at the bottom of the pack in that category last season. And that was due to lack of a pass rush. It doesnt matter who we have in the secondary if we caint get a pass rush the quarterback has too much time to make a play. With all the being said with all the injuries and issues last season we played a lot of close games and could have made the playoffs despite the injuries. I am looking foward to a great season next year Go Falcons!!!!!!!!

waynester

March 23rd, 2010
6:36 pm

Da bouys
Austin ran all over Everyone–that’s why now Jerry has to dig deeper into his purse. I’m sure Austin will give ya’ll the hometeam discount, right? Eh?
Looking forward to the Dungy piece, DLed. What a class guy…..

truth

March 23rd, 2010
6:37 pm

Is see the broke back mountain cowboys fan is here.

Bill

March 23rd, 2010
7:30 pm

Old G Falcon Fan

March 23rd, 2010
7:46 pm

Heck i just wish the draft was here so we could see who we p/up!

PlanB

March 23rd, 2010
7:53 pm

I had just about given up on Grimes, but as the season progressed, I liked him more and more. I don’t think he’ll start but he will get more experience at nickle and will be very good one day.
If he was a foot taller, he wouldn’t have that athleticism.

WJ

March 23rd, 2010
8:09 pm

Birddawg

March 23rd, 2010
9:55 pm

Spectator, you have to allow for movement and improvement. The Grimes on the left side was vastly different than the Grimes on the right side. He played much better later on in the season than he did at the beginning so he deserves a shot at least. He’s not as bad as he looked at the beginning of the season. Also in his defense, no cornerback not name Nnamdi Asomugha or Darelle Revis can hold a receiver forever with no pass rush to help him out. He would usually have good coverage initially but eventually the receiver would get free because the QB would have all day to find him. Give Grimes a shot. He has the talent, heart and attitude this team needs.

Singletary

March 24th, 2010
1:19 am

Thanks, Bird Dawg. “Take the leap,” Falcons Fans. The man should win an ESPY for the NOLA vertical that was just short of NASA’s “go with throttle up.” Good guy, plays hard, great hands, could probably handle a kick return if others went down a la Biermann on kicking duties. Well deserved, and a privilege to be presumed a player in 2010 at the beginning of camp.

DeCoud was Smitty’s D Player of the year. ‘Nuff said.

willieg hates bill shanks

March 24th, 2010
7:17 am

GET SUH OR MCCOY AND BE DOMINANT FOR 10 YRS, GET SPILLERS AND YR SEASON COULD BE PRICELESS.

RGO67

March 24th, 2010
8:38 am

DJ

March 24th, 2010
9:04 am

Nice to see you all are recognizing the difference between Grimes at the left and right corner. The coaches keep putting Grimes in there and keeping him around because the guy if a flat out playmaker.

DeCoud filled in nicely however the preference, at least for Falcons fans, has always been a “headhunter” at FS. DeCoud should take note of this and, at least, refine his skills to fill either that role or the role of “ball hawk” – currently Coleman is the better FS ball hawk on the squad.

Remember, the Falcons gave up a bunch of big plays and there is a reason the position is called safety. My preference is headhunter ala #25 (thanks for the DSL Scott); what is your preference?

Ojayjuel

March 24th, 2010
9:48 am

Sorry DJ, I have to disagree with yor comment about Coleman being the better FS ball hawk on the team. When Coleman was our FS before moving to SS he only had three picks (DeCoud had 3 as well this season). The reason Decoud is our FS is becasue he’s way more versatile than Colman. You forget that Decoud added 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles to go along with those interceptions, plus he has more range and way more athletic than Coleman.

The Falcons wanted to get younger at both safety positions. That’s why they drafted William Moore last year. If he can show the Falcons that he’s a baller back there, Coleman may be looking for another job or be reduced to a lesser role. Not hating on Coleman, I’m just saying!

DJ

March 24th, 2010
10:04 am

It’s the experience Oj. I would rather have DeCoud succeed however that means he needs to step it up a notch. He did great for a first time starter but the position calls for a leader and is the ultimate team position – the FS has the other 10 guy’s back.

If DeCoud makes similar strides in 2010 that he made in 2009, he will be there and the Falcons are set at FS. So, what we really need there is some stiff competition in camp with DeCoud assertively denying any would be taker of his starting position. Moore was drafted to be the head hunter at SS and thus you are correct; Coleman would be the odd man out.

NCFalconFan

March 24th, 2010
10:12 am

I still think we need to calm down regarding our defense at the end of the season. We faced 3 rookie QBs.

Elvisinthehouse

March 24th, 2010
10:15 am

I just don’t get it??????? from reading a lot of these comments,it seems that most blogers are for the same team(falcons)but argue with eachother.Don’t the fans of the other teams suppose to argue and chump eachother off instead of the home fans? I just don’t get it.Sometimes i think atlanta fans are confused.

Tallcarl

March 24th, 2010
10:21 am

As Andy Griffin said ‘that’s why is’s called football”. OOOOEEE, Let’s line up and kick the ball. I may be a Bulldog/Falcon fan stuck in Madid (SP.) but I am still ready to see some red and black on the field. Thanks to you guys for the updates and the knowledgeable blogers who make it fun to read about the draft as foreplay to the season. The rest of you cutesy, vulgar and personal insult artist find another place to play. GATA

Yojimbot

March 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

Yeah, I don’t consider the secondary to be a weakness anymore. I’m not as big a fan of the Dunta signing as everyone else, but I like the trio of Williams, Ownens, and Grimes. This defense is one play-maker off the edge from being pretty good. Even when they were grossly overmatched last season, they were opportunistic with turnovers. I’ll take a team who gets some extra yards rolled up on them if they’re forcing two or three turnovers a game. We all remember that leaping interception of Brees, but Grimes also got one called back up the left side on an awful call (and a great catch). These guys are ready. How are we not calling him Grimetime yet?

dwayne

April 13th, 2010
9:14 pm

Grimetime!!!!! I like. Honestly, if williams doesnt start opposite duntae, then it will be owens. Not taking anything away from grimes(a pure athlectic beast) but owens is the total package. Can hit, can run, and can catch! jackson needs more PT(playing time). i really think he is a diamond in the rough. with a little hard work, dedication and coaching, he could become a real playmaker. remeber the game from 2008 when he picked off brees and ran it back almost the entire field. unfortunately, we have an abundance of talented corners. duntae and weatherspoon or duntae and graham are the falcon’s solutions!