BIRDLAND — I hope that everybody is well. Had to slip into a digital free zone to burn off some vacation time.
Also, I got two new bow ties (pink and blue) for Father’s Day and some bermuda shorts (blue and biege).
While I was gone, the front office continued to take care of its contract business. My man Nick Polk, the director of
football administration, has been busy.
While other teams around the league are fighting and fussing with their restricted free agents, the Falcons signed all of theirs relatively early in the process.
The key was placing the proper tenders on them and also the players — especially Tyson Clabo and his agent – understanding the nuances of the labor situation.
Below is a list of the 10 RFAs who have not signed contract tenders based on official notification to the league office by Friday, June 18, according to NFLLabor.com.
The Falcons have moved quickly to sign five of their draft picks. Only first round pick Sean Weatherspoon and fifth round pick Kerry Meier remain unsigned.
The market is set around Meier, who was the 165th pick overall. The 164th, 166th, 167th and 168th picks have all signed. Meier will be next up for the Falcons.
There has not been a rush to sign any player in the first round.
Look for Weatherspoon’s deal to get done closer to the opening of training camp in July.
Spoon’s old teammate, Jeremy Maclin, was the 19th player selected in the 2009 draft and he received a five-year, $15.5 million deal from the Eagles, with $9.5 million of it guaranteed.
By getting all the deals down, the team can focus on getting ready for the season. It was just last season, they had a distraction with Roddy White’s brief holdout.
Will this serene business environment help the Falcons get off to a good start in 2010?