Dimitroff: Falcons will not pursue Big John Henderson

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle John Henderson, right, rushes Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel for the sack during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville won 24-21. (Associated Press).

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle John Henderson, right, rushes Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel for the sack during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville won 24-21. (Associated Press).

UPDATE, WED, April 28, 3:57 p.m.

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.”

UPDATE, WED, April 28 10:55 a.m.

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.

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But with Jacksonville releasing two-time Pro Bowler John Henderson, there are unconfirmed reports that the Falcons are interested. He did play for head coach Mike Smith and defensive line coach Ray Hamilton in Jacksonville.

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?

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Dawg-Hatin' Jacket

April 26th, 2010
5:09 pm

Clayton

April 26th, 2010
5:10 pm

Absolutely, we don’t have anyone with that kind of size and he still has a couple years left in him. go get him!!!

Dawg-Hatin' Jacket

April 26th, 2010
5:10 pm

No way. Find a DE. We have enough tackles.

Poor McKay

April 26th, 2010
5:10 pm

ABSOLUTEY, they should sign him. Move Babineaux to DE (didn’t he play there a lot as a rookie?) and start Henderson next to Jerry. If you want to improve against the pass, then put close to 700 pounds of man at DT and send everyone else off the edge and dare a team to try to penetrate the middle. That’s why I was hoping the Falcons would draft someone like Dan Williams or Cam Thomas. Quick and penetrating is cute but give me big and immoveable.

Falconi

April 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

Sign the big fella. He’ll plug that middle and let Jerry play the under spot until Babs gets back.

Josh B

April 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

I agree that we could use him but gee how many DT’s are we gonna have on our roster this year ?!?!

Mando

April 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

Harry

April 26th, 2010
5:11 pm

Vet minimum is fine otherwise pass!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 26th, 2010
5:12 pm

Just found out the price tag. Would cost $12 over two years. That’s starter money.

DePlane

April 26th, 2010
5:14 pm

Sure…if Smitty still thinks he can get it done and the price is right, why not? Jerry is no sure thing, hence the addition of Peters. Babs may be suspended for four games.

DePlane

April 26th, 2010
5:15 pm

That’s a lot of green for a role player…

wayne

April 26th, 2010
5:16 pm

Coach Smith knows the guy, if he wants him they should get him. Babs may be facing a 4 game suspension and Jerry is coming off an injury. Be nice to have a veteran presence on the def line.

N

April 26th, 2010
5:17 pm

Well, I was all giddy with the prospect of getting him. But not at that price. I have an instinctive, and indiscriminate love for any player who is described as “Big [insert name here].” Ah, how I miss you Big Grady Jackson. And you, performing at expectations Big John Abraham. To fill the hole in my heart, can we refer to Cory Peters as “Big Corey Peters”? That would make me happy. So would getting this guy if we let him sit on the market for a while, before he decided he wanted to come home to Papa Smith and Sugar Bear for a discount and a chance to contribute into the playoffs.

falconsforlife

April 26th, 2010
5:19 pm

That’s too much for him. I’d love to have him, but only at the veteran minimum.

wayne

April 26th, 2010
5:19 pm

12 mil 2 years sounds a little steep for me, guess I would pass.

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chris taylor

April 26th, 2010
5:21 pm

Does anyone know exactly how many DT’s we already have? I don’t think we should. We have Jerry who HAS to play to pan out as a former 1st rd’er. We have JA there too, time to expect more from our guys or get rid of them. I love the Falcons & will always be a fan but am starting to get sick of the “They are trying real hard” line.

tom

April 26th, 2010
5:24 pm

Anybody know why he was let go? Perhaps that should figure into the equation somewhere.

Brian Hunt

April 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

The Falcons should pass on Henderson. The team is now deep at the position and I doubt he has much left in the tank. Let’s give our young talent a chance to develop and establish themselves instead.

shannon

April 26th, 2010
5:27 pm

That would be great even at 12mill over 2, give or take a few! Want to help the pass rush & DE’s to get that pass rush, Put him in there! We do still need some DE’s, but “WE” the fans don’t know what Sidberry or Berman are going to be this year, TD and Smith must think they are going to get it done or they would have found a DE somewhere?

jcwfalcon

April 26th, 2010
5:28 pm

Get that man in here. I love what he brings. We need more scary defenders, and less of the kind that read Green Eggs and Ham to children.

Chronos

April 26th, 2010
5:30 pm

Not at that price. His time is up.

$12??

April 26th, 2010
5:30 pm

Hell I’ll pay his salery, sign him up

$12??

April 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

chris taylor

April 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

We acquired players that most people can call questionable decisions where they were taken. Peters, Hawley, Shillinger etc. I want to see where we are with the guys we have instead of disguising our weakness’ with more signings at the same position we just drafted at.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 26th, 2010
5:31 pm

jcwfalcon — That’s funny!!!

chris taylor — Well thought out. After getting the numbers, I’m pretty sure he’s not headed here and the young guys will get a chance to show if they can play.

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St Augustine Dawg

April 26th, 2010
5:35 pm

Big John still has some energy left. He and Del Rio never got along after a argument a year ago. Falcons…SIGN HIM !!!!

ATLJBO

April 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

If he clear waivers…. I would go after him for a good price.

D-Led i dont think any team will pay him 12 million over 2 years….

Checkout my 2010 draft class highlight video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq8PTmDGwDc

Sgt. Pepper

April 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

Any hints that would make you think TD is interested in trading for Osi Umenyiora?

chris taylor

April 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

I would have given Washington that 3rd rounder before the draft and gotten Haynesworth in here. Most of his guarantied $ had already been paid and the production compared to the price was more palatable. Haynesworth actually had a good point to his arguments. He told his agent specifically he did NOT want to play a 3-4. Then got forced into one. Those are not real character issues, just a guy who doesn’t like the way he’s being used.

Chas

April 26th, 2010
5:44 pm

Yes this is a uncapped year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BOB

April 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

The Falcons should try to sign “Big John” because he ,above all else, is a proven commodity,something no rookie or returning from injury rookie offers.But the chances of that happening are slim because if there are three things that we learned from the Falcon’s 2010 draft they would be:
1. the Falcons do not plan on competing for the Super Bowl in 2011. The picks were focused on long term stability and depth. They did not get any gamechangers in the deal and Big John would make sense from both parties perspective only if he was one of the last pieces to the puzzle for a Super Bowl run.

2. As planned, the defense got faster in general and the defensive backs got taller.
3. There must be a free agent being targeted for left tackle because there was none picked in the draft and the team cannot continue to risk their ginourmouse QB investment with the current incumbant.

NFL junkie

April 26th, 2010
5:47 pm

If the price is right, you better believe it! Move Babineaux to DE. It does make the decision NOT to draft a DE a glaring mistake. However, Henderson still has some fire left and the young guys can learn from him. It also gives significant push up the middle which can only help Abraham, Biermann and Company.

Chuck

April 26th, 2010
5:48 pm

Henderson can play DE as well.

Big Ed

April 26th, 2010
5:49 pm

Chop Buster

April 26th, 2010
5:52 pm

Hell yeah they better bring Big John Henderson here to get that push up the middle. I think people would be less worried about the pass rush if you have a proven vet who can get after the QB. He would take on the double teams and it would open up things for Biermann, Babineaux and Abraham. Pull the trigger Dimitroff!

SirReal

April 26th, 2010
5:54 pm

Yeah D. Led. You’re right. For that $ he’s definitely not headed to Flowery Branch. That’s not gonna happen, though it would be nice to have a nice, experienced big body in the interior to command some blocks.

Question for all: Of the SLEW of rookies we signed, which ones do you think actually have a remote shot of making the team?

SirReal

April 26th, 2010
5:56 pm

@BOB I agree. Baker is terrible…definitely need to upgrade at LT. Hopefully TD is not too proud to admit he whiffed on Baker…

Hell yeah

April 26th, 2010
6:00 pm

Nice Draft video

tidog

April 26th, 2010
6:02 pm

If anyone on the blog has pull in the Dimitroff circle there’s an unsigned undrafted wr named Chris Bell Norfolk State via Penn St. Has a better shot of making the team than the drafted wr from Kansas.

Falcons Fan

April 26th, 2010
6:03 pm

I would rather sign the defensive end, Osi who would compliment Abe. The interior defensive side is pretty well stacked. We need someone on the edges to rotate.

1time

April 26th, 2010
6:05 pm

I say if anyone can, Smitty can talk Big John down to maybe 8 mil over 2 years and that would be a deal for both the Falcons and B.J. We could really use him, look at what Big Grady did, John would be even better since he is younger and in better shape. Now sigh B.J and TO and we may have a super bowl team!

1time

April 26th, 2010
6:06 pm

sign that is!!

BillC

April 26th, 2010
6:11 pm

Why in the world would a 4-3 DT want to play for a team like KC that runs a 3-4? He is no NT and sure as rain isn’t quick enough any more to play DE…would be a good fit here..

J-MAN

April 26th, 2010
6:22 pm

YES YES YES sign Henderson!!!!!!!!! I dont care if we have 10 DT he would be the best one

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 26th, 2010
6:27 pm

Sir Real — I like the Ryan Wolfe kid, He ran some nice routes. I want to see him get off press coverage. The Palmer kid from Parkview can make the team if he can block and catch. He’ll have to beat out Zinger and eventually Peelle. The running back Nance is interesting, too.

just me

April 26th, 2010
6:28 pm

Look at it this way. Babs is most likely headed for some kind of suspension. Big John could be a great mentor to these young guys as well as be a big producer on the field. So we pay $12M for two years. by the end of the two years we will hopefully have develop the younger guys into solid players without sacrificing D-line production.

Any possiblility of picking up G – Faneca, and/or a vet DE to help on the D-line? The Freak is out there as well as Charles Grant(off field probs) Seymore isn’t signed too bad the Raiders Franchised him :( some others include Greg Ellis, Vonnie Holiday, Leonard Little, and Adewale Ogunleye.

D Falcons

April 26th, 2010
6:30 pm

As many have stated, we seem to really be loading up on DTs this off-season. Does this mean that the Falcons are concerned that Jerry won’t be ready or is this a necessity for BVG’s system? We still haven’t addressed DE, and we have obvious question marks there with Abraham on one side and Anderson having been moved mostly inside. Is there something TD and Smitty aren’t telling us?

D Falcons

April 26th, 2010
6:32 pm

Having said all that…sign him if you can get him within reasonable parameters. Depth on the D Line can never be a bad thing.