Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said that the Falcons will not attempt to sign defensive tackle John Henderson, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday.
Dimitroff was a guest of Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on Sirius radio and was asked about Henderson, who played in Jacksonville under Falcons head coach Mike Smith and defensive line coach Ray Hamilton.
“At this point we will not,” Dimitroff said when asked by Schein if the Falcons were interest in Henderson. “I think that’s probably the logical assumption but we feel like we have a young and evolving defensive line and where we are right now I would say that we will not go in that direction.”
At this time, there is no trip planned for Big John Henderson to visit with the Falcons, according to his agent Tim McGee. –DOL
BIRDLAND – The Falcons have drafted defensive tackles rather high in their last two drafts and signed one to a contract extension.
Henderson is set to visit Kansas City on Tuesday. They could offer him a more proponent role and are willing to pay more than the veteran minimum.
The Falcons drafted Peria Jerry in the first round last season and Corey Peters in the third round last Friday. Signing Henderson would provide insurance in case the young players flop.
Also, the team signed Jonathan Babineaux, who’s coming off his best season, to a contract extension during the 2008 season.
Henderson has started 120 of 128 games in eight seasons with the Jaguars. He was a first round pick out of Tennessee in 2002.
Henderson, 31, made the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2006.
Henderson can probably find guaranteed playing time and more money elsewhere.
Should the Falcons be in hot pursuit of Big John? Who will get to slap him in the face before games?