Woods, Priest signed to futures contracts

Westin Johnson (left) and Bear Woods participate in a game of shuffleboard - complete with a Falcons logo. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Westin Johnson (left) and Bear Woods participate in a game of shuffleboard - complete with a Falcons logo. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

The Falcons signed linebacker Jonathan Mark Woods and defensive back Rafael Priest to futures contracts on Friday.

Woods, who’s nickname is Bear,  played at Troy State. He made it to the final cutdown with the Falcons after being

Rafael Priest (Tom Pennington, Associated Press)

Rafael Priest (Tom Pennington, Associated Press)

signed as a rookie free agent last season.

He was added to the practice squad, but was waived on Sept. 21 after running back Jerious Norwood was placed on injured reserve and running backs Gartrell Johnson III and Shawnbrey McNeil were added.

Woods led the Falcons in tackles  with five and had a sack in the preseason finale against Jacksonville last season.

Priest was a four-year starter at Texas Christian University where he was named a third team All-American by Sporting News. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent last season.

Priest finished his senior season with 18 tackles and eight passes defensed, as well as a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Dallas, Texas native totaled 108 tackles and 40 passes defensed in his four years at TCU.

He played his final season as a graduate student.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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28 comments Add your comment

CobbGOPer

February 11th, 2011
10:32 am

What exactly is a “futures” contract?

Sid

February 11th, 2011
10:37 am

It really doesn’t matter, especially if there is going to be no football in 2011. By the way, I am curious, can anybody tell me any business (other than the current CBA) where the employees are guaranteed 50% of all revenue?

riggo

February 11th, 2011
10:38 am

Just what we need another small db

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 11th, 2011
10:59 am

riggo — Falcons list him as safety. But everything else I’ve read on him is that he’s a cornerback. Waiting on a clarification.

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MannyT

February 11th, 2011
11:01 am

Sid,

Most services industry businesses pay over 50% of their revenue as labor costs. Skip the burger flippers–they make meals. Think about accountants, consultants, doctor’s offices, etc.

I’d guess that the problem with pro sports labor problems is that you have a bunch of rich people arguing over money in front of the public. Imagine if your salary was published in the news every time you agreed to change jobs, got a raise, etc. The business of sports is just a different thing once the money got so big.

I doubt it was this way long ago when you hear stories of pro athletes having off season jobs like selling insurance or running a construction crew.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 11th, 2011
11:03 am

RESERVE/FUTURES CONTRACTS — Reserve/futures contracts are contracts that are signed for the 2011 season, even though the upcoming season does not officially begin until March 4. Only players who were not on any NFL team’s active roster when the 2010 season ended are eligible for reserve/futures contracts. If they were under contract, then they would remain so until March. Players who were on NFL practice squads at the end of the 2010 season are eligible to sign with any team.

joewhite

February 11th, 2011
11:13 am

Hell if he can play lets put him on the field.

riggo

February 11th, 2011
11:19 am

Dled, he is 5′10 181lbs that’s small for safety… we have 5′9, 5′10 cbs all ready. Most wr are 6′ are better. I still have visions of jones catching that touchdown over grimes in the end zone right were I sit in the dome, Grimes was there but just too SHORT to go up and get it.

ATL Fan

February 11th, 2011
11:26 am

This year I went to my first Atlanta Braves game since the strike. I broke my holdout-grudge because I wanted to go see a Bobby Cox coached team one last time. Had it not been Bobby’s last year I would not have gone.
I’ll occasionally watch and I root for the Braves. I want them do win the World Series, but I just haven’t gotten over the strike.
Hopefully, NFL owners and players won’t make the same mistake. I would hate to have a reason to quit going to Falcons games.

waynester

February 11th, 2011
11:32 am

Welcome back, Bear!

TCU fan

February 11th, 2011
11:51 am

Way to represent TCU Rafael Priest! We all here in Texas are wishing, praying, and cheering for you!

Go Frogs!

uga_b

February 11th, 2011
12:19 pm

D-Led, if he is going to play nickel or dime, I guess the designation isn’t as important if he is a true backup at FS.

Sid, when is the last time a customer came to watch you work. The players are the product and not traditional employees. Much like consultants and doctors like mentioned above. When is the last time you went to the stadium to see an owner. I for one, would rather watch the current NFL players playing for different owners than vise versa. They also don’t sell owner jerseys, playing cards, or Fatheads.

Terrell

February 11th, 2011
12:30 pm

riggo

If you saw the play, Grimes had his hand on the ball and just couldn’t pull it down. Who’s to say if he were taller the same results wouldn’t had happened? Jones was much taller and still couldn’t really gain an advantage on Grimes

riggo

February 11th, 2011
12:51 pm

Terrell couldn’t miss the play, sit in the front row .Grimes had the angle and yes Jones was much taller, MY POINT.

#1 Grimes Fan

February 11th, 2011
1:00 pm

You tell it Terrell. Grimes is an awesome corner, wasn’t he one of the ONLY ones at the Pro-Bowl that was really playing the game? I kind of felt embarassed for him, but man you could tell he was working hard. Can someone remind me what Grimes vertical is? Oh I got it….so let’s see 42 inch vertical, which is 3′6″ + 5′9″ height means he gets up around 9′3″….I’ll take that any day.
“would have been a first round pick instead of an undrafted free agent if he were a couple inches taller. The belief is that Grimes can make up for his lack of height with his rare leaping ability (he has a 42-inch vertical jump

#1 Grimes Fan

February 11th, 2011
1:01 pm

This Gets Old!

February 11th, 2011
1:18 pm

Sid, the players are the game. and there simply not enough high quality players to have two competing leagues. The players are the product. How many people would show up at the dome if the Falcons instead of wearing throw back uniforms bought a team similar in talent to the old Falcons?

Arthur Blank’s $595 million (far above the Forbes valuation at the time) will soon be worth well over the $1 Billion dollar mark. The Lions, Bengals, Raiders, Bills and others make a profit and values increase whether they win or lose. This fight is about revenue sharing. Jerry Jones earned his huge fine for telling the truth: Its not even about the players..

“When he was last heard from in Minnesota as the Cowboys wrapped up the preseason, Jones tried to send a message to assist Wilf’s efforts for a new stadium. He made himself available to the Minnesota media as a favor to Wilf, according to a Cowboys source.
“Right now, we are subsidizing this market,” Jones said. “It’s unthinkable to think that the market you’ve got here, with 3.5 million people, and have teams like Kansas City and Green Bay subsidizing this market. That will stop. That’s going to stop. That’s called revenue sharing. That’s on its way out.”

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February 11th, 2011
2:04 pm

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Robert

February 11th, 2011
2:34 pm

TROY!!! TROY!!! TROY!!!!!!!! There is no longer a Troy State. Are you still in the stone age??? Are you still dialing 912 as south Georgia’s area code????? DID YOU DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU WROTE YOUR ARTICLE???? TTTTTTRRRRRROOOOOYYYYYY!!!!!

FACTS

February 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

Brent Grimes made love to my wife and let me watch. It was awesome!

Terrell

February 11th, 2011
2:55 pm

But even if Grimes was 6′2, Jones had to jump and Grimes got as high as he did. If’ Grimes was 6′2 his vertical would not be the same because usually the taller you are it takes more for you to get up and off the ground. Revis for the Jets is only 5-11.

Falcons Fan

February 11th, 2011
4:21 pm

I hope the Falcons will give Kris Durham a long hard look to eventually replace Finneran. The kid is a gamer and can climb the ladder

Falcons relax

February 11th, 2011
4:23 pm

Bear is a beast. I liked what I saw in the pre-season. Im taking it he will be a back up for us for years to come. Hopefully can take Coy Wire spot in the future

Dennis

February 11th, 2011
10:34 pm

ATL Fan
February 11th, 2011 11:26 am
This year I went to my first Atlanta Braves game since the strike.
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I also got bent out of shape because of the strike, but even worse than that in my mind is how the umpires have taken control of the game by raping the strike zone. I prefer to see the players win it or lose it and I just can’t make myself watch any more.

Like him or not, Chipper Jones was right when he told the umpire he (Chipper) knows the strike zone. I wrote a letterr to the MLB Umpries association and voiced my dissatisfaction with them. Of course, I got no response.

Dennis

February 11th, 2011
10:35 pm

Jeez, umpires…

BMarkey

February 11th, 2011
10:58 pm

Troy University in Troy, Ala. dropped the “State” 6 years ago. Please publish the correct name.

In the second graph, “who’s” should be “whose”.

Go Bear!

http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/1011undergrad/index.html