The Falcons have put a first-round tender on cornerback Brent Grimes, who had a breakthrough season and made the Pro Bowl after last season.
In 2010, Grimes was targeted a league-high 119 times by opponents (according to STATS, Inc.) Grimes answered the challenge, posting an NFC-best and a franchise record 23 passes defensed to go with his five interceptions.
The Falcons have placed a second-round tender on running back Jason Snelling.
If a new collective bargaining agreement is signed, the tenders could be rendered meaningless. The Falcons and other teams are just trying to lock up their restricted free agents under the old rules.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog