Falcons place second round tender on Jason Snelling

101111 Atlanta; Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) runs for extra yards as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson, bottom, missed the tackle after Snellings catch  in the first half of their game hosting the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome Thursday night in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 11, 2010. Snelling had the only touchdown catch of the game in the first half. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

101111 Atlanta; Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling (44) runs for extra yards as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson, bottom, missed the tackle after Snellings catch in the first half of their game hosting the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome Thursday night in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 11, 2010. Snelling had the only touchdown catch of the game in the first half. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

The Falcons have put a second-round tender on Jason Snelling,  their versatile backup running back.

Snelling, who was a seventh round pick (244th overall)  in 2007,  rushed for 334 yards and caught 44 passes for 303 yards last season.

In 2009, he had to carry much of the load after Michael Turner was injured.

Under the tender,  Snelling would receive a base salary of $1.91 million. If a new collective bargaining agreement is signed, the amount could increase.  Snelling, who has four accrued years,  could possibly end up as an unrestricted free agent under a new agreement.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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ToccoaBird

March 2nd, 2011
8:08 pm

Lets just go ahead and sign him to a long term contract and get it over with.

Golden Bear

March 2nd, 2011
8:09 pm

Golden Bear

March 2nd, 2011
8:09 pm

Jesse

March 2nd, 2011
8:21 pm

That’s good. Now just find a speed back to go with him and Thick Thighs Turner… or T Cubed.

SeenThisB4

March 2nd, 2011
8:23 pm

Wow, a #2 for Snelling! LOL! Come on, he deserves the league minimum, at best. He’s got lead feet and he can’t read the gaps when it counts. Tsk, tsk, tsk….a #2, LOL, that’s rich.

wayne

March 2nd, 2011
8:24 pm

Got to have a speedster to compliment Turner who can catch the ball out of the backfield. Snelling is a good player but too much like Turner in style. Don’t think Norwood will ever return to form to fill the speed slot. Like myself , everyone would like to keep all the good and popular players but not possible, second round pick for him would be great for him and the falcons.I’m sure TD has a plan.

Tripple Lindy

March 2nd, 2011
8:44 pm

We need to pounce on AJ Hawk now that he’s been released from the Packers.

Mark

March 2nd, 2011
9:11 pm

Triple Lindy I agree on that one. SeenThisB4 “REALLY”? How much of the Falcons games did you actually watch? He proved two seasons ago he could be a feature back. Remember the three headed monster running attack the Giants featured with Ward, Jacobs, and Bradshaw? Have they been the same since they were dismantled? The Falcons are now just a speed back away from the same type of running attack. Now it’s up to TD and gang to add that piece.

JerseyFalcons

March 2nd, 2011
9:22 pm

Snelling is insurance for Turner and Ovie at FB. The falcons have to worry about which OL they have to tender and/or release..

Eugene

March 2nd, 2011
9:23 pm

Hopefully one day soon comparisons will be made between the Falcon’s back and the triple running back threats of those great, great, great Miami teams of the 1970s.

Sid

March 2nd, 2011
9:44 pm

I’ve got a feeling the Falcons are going to trade up………………..Turner could be involved……………..

Sid

March 2nd, 2011
9:45 pm

Don’t feed the trolls…………………

mgdawg

March 2nd, 2011
9:54 pm

Snelling is a good insurance plan for turner, I don’t know if he is worth a second round though. I do think we need a speed back, I would like to see us get one later in the draft because at most they would be situational player right now.

clay

March 2nd, 2011
9:54 pm

lets definatly pounce on hawk for sure. Sid- I like your way of thinking brother, I think you might have something…..Who do you have in mind?

Mark

March 2nd, 2011
9:57 pm

Sid, do you think they are looking at a particular RB? Or a top tier DE? If I am correct they can’t trade a draft pick for a player without a new CBA. I am pretty sure Mike and Mike were discussing that on ESPN radio last week. I could be wrong.

JIMMY

March 2nd, 2011
10:02 pm

all i can say is Vincent Jackson or Sidney Rice for the #2 WR slot. Nnamdi Asomugha at CB , and resign Brent Grimes. also jump on AJ Hawk. they want more explosive defense an offense well there it is. Sign Snelling an not use a second round tender.

Mark

March 2nd, 2011
10:05 pm

Jimmy we could only dream. TD and company would never be that active in free agency. They’d bust the bank on those three players.

bat1994

March 2nd, 2011
10:06 pm

@JIMMY i am pretty sure that the Falcons cannot afford all of those players; they could probably afford 1 at best

JIMMY

March 2nd, 2011
10:11 pm

Well i say Rice and then build in the draft, think about how much money dimitroff spent day one with turner, coleman and the other guys we had got. that was when he first got to atl. plus we are releasing some people to retain money anyway. but it was just a thought. we can dream.

Mark

March 2nd, 2011
10:11 pm

Letting Brian Williams go tells me they have a plan at CB. Would love to see Asomugha, but that would be a ton of cash at the CB spot. After seeing Owens getting burned play after play I don’t see him taking over the nickel spot. Maybe they think Franks will be ready. I just have a feeling they are gonna do some addition on defense at LB and CB. They’ll resign Nicholas, and he’ll take Peterson’s job. Nicholas did a good job last year, looked like a guy looking for a contract.

JIMMY

March 2nd, 2011
10:23 pm

@ mark maybe you are right. but we need some more dominate players. gb disected our defense. robinson may shut dwn hi side of the field, moore did a good job. but we need the other side shut down. rice has refused to sign wit the vikings so hy have we not been going after him. jenkins i more of a 3rd string wr. all i am sayig i if it was m i would be on the phone with rice agent almost everyday.

RealBirdFan

March 2nd, 2011
10:59 pm

Sign Asomugha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Falcons relax...

March 2nd, 2011
11:04 pm

@ triple lindy Why should we sign AJ hawk??? He wants like a 45 mil deal. WE JUST DRAFTED SEAN WEATHERSPOON?? You’re dreaming right?

@ Clay and Sid Are you two guys insuiating that we MIGHT TRADE TURNER??? You got to be kidding me. Nothing is wrong with turner. He just had a bounce back year. No. 3 in rushing and pro bowl? If anything its the o-line. Our o-line isn’t as good as potrayed. Ryan and Turner have to fight for every positive gain.

And I’m seeing some comments about get this receiver and that receiver. People, FITZGERALD AND CALVING JOHNSON ARE FREE AGENTS NEXT YEAR!!! If you want to beat the best you have to get the best. Patience, TD has a plan. We have 1 more season to deal with this WR corps issue. Forget Jackson and SIdney Rice. We aint going for them

drew

March 2nd, 2011
11:21 pm

who is this seenthisb4 guy? snelling was third on the team in receptions with 44. he must b an AINTS fan

SeminoleWarrior

March 3rd, 2011
12:43 am

DOL, I think TD has his eyes set on a particular target in the second round and Snelling is his best shot at getting that extra pick without having to give up the farm. A very smart move.

Snelling has more value than most people think. A versatile back, there are teams out there that need a solid RB in their offense (i.e., Washington, Miami, Arizona, etc.)

Rikus

March 3rd, 2011
12:46 am

Guys, we’re not *spending* a second round on Snelling… jeez. It means if someone else outbids us for him, we GET a 2nd round pick. Not bad compensation, don’t you think?

I’m happy to see this. Snelling gets a decent payday for a former 7th round pick, and we keep a versatile back on our roster.

J-Man

March 3rd, 2011
3:36 am

We should look into signing AJ Hawk because maybe he knows how to slow the Pack O since he competes against them during camp and practice. Maybe he knows some weaknesses

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March 3rd, 2011
4:31 am

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Samuel

March 3rd, 2011
5:32 am

Jason is a very verastile back. You simply have to sign him, he’s too valuable to the team.

Trailboss

March 3rd, 2011
6:04 am

We only have power runner’s… i.e Turner trying to turn a corner we need the ‘S’ word speed at WR and RB… A bigger line will not hurt while we’re getting better.

Paddy

March 3rd, 2011
6:55 am

Seen this B 4……….You have never had a clue and you continue to prove it with your analysis that is never correct. But on the other hand, you are fun to laugh at!

Patman

March 3rd, 2011
7:49 am

Right now I think that Snelling is a better back than Turner at this point,If we cant get Turner to lose about 20 pounds than he will be the back that we had in the first year with us.250 pounds is too much for turner to be runing out of bounds. We need a complete back with speed.

An Adult

March 3rd, 2011
7:52 am

Quit too soon above. It also would be nice to take the time to stay on line and respond to the people that, for some reason, take the time to read the couple of sentences you put out. I’m just going to be here to hassle you to do your work. Come on, we deserve better than what you are doing. Lazy lazy lazy. Other AJC writers carry on a dialogue. What makes you so special?

Patman

March 3rd, 2011
8:08 am

Our problem is not the line backers it is one over rated connerback by the name of Robinson and a slow DE by the name of andeson, Hawk we do not need.

Sid

March 3rd, 2011
8:39 am

Mark March 2nd, 2011 9:57 pm
Sid, do you think they are looking at a particular RB? Or a top tier DE? If I am correct they can’t trade a draft pick for a player without a new CBA. I am pretty sure Mike and Mike were discussing that on ESPN radio last week. I could be wrong.
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Really hard to say but look at it………….Turner is getting shut down at the line but the team can still get a good draft pick for him (with maybe another player). Snelling can fill his shoes and then we need a running back that’s quicker to the hole and can evade in the open field (Norwood is too fragile). Let’s face it, even having a 2011 season right now is anyone’s guess.

Sid

March 3rd, 2011
8:46 am

Falcons relax… March 2nd, 2011 11:04 pm
@ Clay and Sid Are you two guys insuiating that we MIGHT TRADE TURNER??? You got to be kidding me. Nothing is wrong with turner. He just had a bounce back year. No. 3 in rushing and pro bowl? If anything its the o-line. Our o-line isn’t as good as potrayed. Ryan and Turner have to fight for every positive gain.
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No argument from me about the offensive line, but we do not need both Snelling and Turner………..Turner would get us a better trade and I have high confidence Snelling can fill his shoes.

Sid

March 3rd, 2011
8:49 am

Paddy March 3rd, 2011 6:55 am
Seen this B 4……….You have never had a clue and you continue to prove it with your analysis that is never correct. But on the other hand, you are fun to laugh at!
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Interesting that you even read the posts of a troll, says a lot about you.

Don’t feed the trolls boys, when you do you are only tugging on their jollies.

Tom

March 3rd, 2011
8:54 am

Need this guy bad. Solid backup for Turner.

BirdDirty

March 3rd, 2011
9:02 am

Now all we need to do is draft Demarco Murray or another change of pace back in the second or third round. That would give us a nice mix in the backfield. Go corner, receiver, and running back in the first three rounds and get Charles Johnson in free agency. Also, take a look at drafting a QB late to develop. I don’t trust JPW.

falconfanriseup

March 3rd, 2011
9:02 am

Why would we sign AJ Hawk we are already deep at linebacker and Curtis Lofton is our Middle linebacker and much better than AJ Hawk anyway.

PMC

March 3rd, 2011
9:11 am

The 2nd round tender means if another team signs him they will have to give the Falcons a 2nd round pick in return. It means the Falcons like him and would like to keep him for at least next year.

They need Snelling and they need a younger quicker back whose forte is catching passes…. a 3rd down back if you will.

That, and Turner has to get better catching passes out of the backfield.

SeenThisB4

March 3rd, 2011
9:32 am

Sid

March 3rd, 2011
8:49 am
Paddy March 3rd, 2011 6:55 am
Seen this B 4……….You have never had a clue and you continue to prove it with your analysis that is never correct. But on the other hand, you are fun to laugh at!
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Interesting that you even read the posts of a troll, says a lot about you.

Don’t feed the trolls boys, when you do you are only tugging on their jollies.

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LOL! DO AJC.COM READERS REALLY NEED A BLOG SHEPERD? IF YES, THEN MAYBE THEY SHOULD CONSIDER CHANGING THE TEAM MASCOT NAME TO THE ATLANTA SHEEP! LOL!

North FLA Falcon

March 3rd, 2011
9:47 am

I’d like to see Turner become more versatile. He is 1-dimensional, like Earl Campbell. One of the memorable plays from that miserable playoff loss vs. Green Bay was in the 3rd quarter, when the Falcons were trying to get something/ANYTHING going, so they ran a little flair out to Turner. He was wide open and Matty hit him with an easy pass, right in the bread basket. He dropped it. C’mon man, Turner is ham fisted and he needs to learn to catch the ball. Snelling meanwhile is explosive and he can catch. On a crucial 3rd and 7 vs Green Bay in late November … Snelling carried 2 guys on his back to get the 1st down. We scored on that drive and eventually won the game. Snelling’s got fire, I hope we can keep him. But, hey, if not, use the 2nd round pick for OL, DL or DB.

McNasty

March 3rd, 2011
10:02 am

GA97, Just what I expected from people that are so quick to criticize. They must lead a flawless life.

tim

March 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

Build your own damn stadium Arthur blank. You just paid 2 million plus to an employee who ran for 300 yards last year.

What does the “water boy” make?? Half a mill??

GT GRAD

March 3rd, 2011
10:42 am

TRADE TURNER……………………he is too slow and over-rated.

He just had a season with good STATS and was voted to the Probowl…….perfect time to trade him for value so we can draft a RB with speed and ability to catch balls in the flat.

Turner is a one trick pony who has lost the little bit of speed he had when he first arrived in Atlanta. Think it through Falcon Fans; with Turner playing RB, the defenses we face do not have to even think about defending the flats (Turner does not catch the ball well and he is simply not fast enough to run around the outside) AND he does not present the homerun threat if and when a huge hole opens in the offensive line!!!! Having a versatile RB makes the opposing defense defend the ENTIRE field rather than just load the box and cover up the receivers. He ended the season with 1,371 yards because he ran the ball 334 times behind a pretty good offensive line with a solid QB (the defenses had to be concerned with the pass).

Think about it this way…….how good would Atlanta’s offense be if we had Adrian Peterson rather than Turner???? Now…..how good is Turner?

SawThat1nce

March 3rd, 2011
11:24 am

The La. turd has floated back up.
He stays down low, when his team is stumbling.

SawThat1nce

March 3rd, 2011
11:26 am

Or does he just use various aliases?

Hamad Meander

March 3rd, 2011
12:20 pm

Several have called for the signing of the Raider’s Asomugha. Not gonna happen. We just spent big money on Dunta Robinson last year and have a Pro-Bowler in Brent Grimes (whose big payday is coming soon). You can’t spend too much of your salary cap on one position, and certainly not on a corner that isn’t on the field for every play. I’m comfortable with Robinson and Grimes at corner, and we have a few young guys to develop.

Snelling – keep him. He is a strong runner and catches the ball. He could be a feature back for us in a year or two. Use a draft pick on a scat back and we’re set at running back.

True Falcon Fan

March 3rd, 2011
12:43 pm

Turner #33 – if he is not in the trade thinking process of TD, he should be. Please don’t get me wrong, Michael Turner #33 is a very good player today, probably a GREAT person. He is a one dimension RB in this system, he is GREAT for your team for a 16 game season. What Turner needs is TD find him a real running mate that scat back to change up, keep the defenses off balance. If TD can’t produce another Jurious Norwood (a tailback that can stay healthy) then forget-a –about it. They/Falcons need to change the offensive scheme go another direction. Because #33 is getting closer to age of 33 than he was at 29,,,,Turner is better trade bait for the team to go after “more needs” like in this order — DE, SS, LB, CB, WR, RB