Falcons place a first-round tender on Pro Bowler Brent Grimes

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (20) of the NFC, right, celebrates with Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) of the NFC after Grimes made an interception during the second quarter. AP

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (20) of the NFC, right, celebrates with Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) of the NFC after Grimes made an interception during the second quarter. AP

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

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Chris

March 4th, 2011
11:59 am

JSS

March 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

From undrafted free agent to a costing a first round pick, good for you!

Chris

March 4th, 2011
12:02 pm

we need to trade Michael Turner and draft Allen Bradford.

Falcons relax...

March 4th, 2011
12:04 pm

So D-led explain this. Does this mean we’re AUTOMATICALLY RESIGNING GRIMES, if no one gives up the 1st rounder for him?? What we do with grimes will effect the future for sure because we just spent money on dunta. Raiders just gave some unknown CB a lot of money. Grimes is undrafted. GRIMES WILL WANT HIS MONEY, and can’t blame him. But in all honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if we let Grimes walk along with the o-line if they ask for too much money. We have Franks and Owens who are still developing plus some good CB’s in this draft.

If the Smitty and TD feel like they did a good job developing Grimes who was undrafted, they probably feel they can do the same with Franks, owens, OR SOME OTHER CB’S IN THE DRAFT.

Oh, D-Led another thing. At the combine with Cam Newtons press conference, was it you who asked the question about what Cam thinks he needs to work on and he responded with, “Well I thought you could tell me that.” Being sarcastic, and then someone said seriously, “I’LL TELL YOU LATER!” Was that you?? LOL!

Chris

March 4th, 2011
12:05 pm

We need Reggie Bush if them a round 2 pick and draft Allen Bradford

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 4th, 2011
12:11 pm

1. Basically, yes. The Falcons could match the offer sheet or get the first. This rarely, if ever happens. So, basically he’s coming back. Depending on the new rules, they’ll try to lock him up later.

2. The feel that Owens can develop. I asked about Franks, but got crickets.

3. Yes, that was me. I guess he thinks I’m a QB guru or something. That was Dennis Dillion from The Sporting News who was grilling him at the end about the laptop and stealing from his teammates. Cam stood up to us media hacks.

Matt

March 4th, 2011
12:15 pm

Trade Michael Turner? Reggie Bush needed? Must be a USC fan huh?

ATLJBO

March 4th, 2011
12:18 pm

D-Led

I think Grimes is a real RFA (Weems also)… Once the CBA gets done… He will still be a RFA.. But yea.. Snelling would be a UFA.

I’m sure we tendered Weems also

JIMMY

March 4th, 2011
12:23 pm

@ chris you must be drunk or high. look at what turner has done scince atlanta signed him. sure he had hs issues, but atlanta will be a fool to release him. reggie bush is all talk. and to draft a player that we might not get at our time to pick is crazy…. justsay no to drugs.

Matt

March 4th, 2011
12:28 pm

And why would we trade The Burner and draft another big, slow back? Also, Reggie Bush is willingly to make less money to stay with the Saints…I don’t think he wants to go anywhere nor do I think we need him.

JIMMY

March 4th, 2011
12:34 pm

@ matt you got a good point. but scince turner has come to the atl, look at how mny people he ran over, you are not going to grab him and thinkyou are just goin obring him straght down.

[...] The Falcons have placed a first-round tender on Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, one of the team’s core defensive performers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday. [...]

ernisTbass

March 4th, 2011
1:13 pm

Turner is no burner, he can run if you give him a big hole but for his size he is no Gerald Riggs, John Riggens, or even Craig Heward, that should be good for two yards easy busting up the middle, he can’t or won’t do it. Turner is a dancer waiting for a hole to open rather than a bruiser that can open his own hole. Yeah the record since his arrival is good but all the field goals from inside the 10 are in large part his fault. Trade him? Nah, but do look for another back, and soon.

Mr. Phil

March 4th, 2011
1:16 pm

DOL;

How exactly does a player widely regarded as being incredibly humble and former recipent of the Brian Piccolo Award as league’s most courageous player get dinged for character. I don’t see it. No way Quinn makes it past the top 20 picks.

jf

March 4th, 2011
1:48 pm

I’d definitely prefer the back that had like 1 or 2 fumbles all season and required 2-3 people to tackle him over the back from a rival whose team took a piss on our logo.

falcon

March 4th, 2011
1:58 pm

glad to see Grimes getting some love around here. all he used to get was, he’s too small, he ain’t big enough, yada yada yada! Way to go Brent! Dude has the heart of a lion and is a damn good Falcon. I hope they keep him around for years.

waynester

March 4th, 2011
2:08 pm

Grimes is worth a 1st rd pick as well as he’s been playing.
Turner averaged 4.1/carry last season.

yo mama

March 4th, 2011
2:26 pm

chris you are crazy. Allen Bradford? dude, i am from atlanta, and now live in LA, and Allen Bradford is overated. I saw three games last year, and gave a hard look at him. just not impressed with his ability to separate. I will keep turner. Bradford is slow, and not going to last long in the NFL. he is just another overated USC player. the best player to come out of USC since Troy Palumalu is Clay Matthews, jr. thats almost 8 years apart. USC players dont last. stay away from them…

Falcons relax...

March 4th, 2011
2:35 pm

Ok thanks D-Led. lol! Yeah, the whole time I was waiting for someone to turn it up and notch and ask Cam about the laptop and the other things. But I think Cam handled it well. IT was a long time ago and the guy has a lot of talent. I think hes grown as a person. But with grimes that definitely helped.

But are you saying that Franks isn’t really getting looked at to step up in the depth chart, BUT OWENS IS?? And do you think they will look at any CB’s in the draft?

Blood& Guts

March 4th, 2011
2:39 pm

Sign Grimes ASAP

Seattle Falcons Fan

March 4th, 2011
2:44 pm

Turner just needs a change of pace back to complement him…….teams can just line up and prepare for the run up the middle right now….a quick back would not only improve Turners running game but would also improve Ryans play action passing game….plus Turner needs some relief from the constant pounding he takes over a season….but anyone who doesn’t think Turners the man hasn’t watched a Falcon game

Matt

March 4th, 2011
3:10 pm

Tbass it appears we have differing opinions about our starting running back…

Cornerback Smurf

March 4th, 2011
3:22 pm

First round tender for the smurf?? Wow, I wonder how much Smurfette could fetch.

SeenThisB4

March 4th, 2011
3:30 pm

DOL: Is there a limit on how many first round tenders a team can put on their free agents? Seems like a waste to put a first round tender on Grimes, I can see a third round, or a second round maybe, but not a first round.

As for Turner, his best days are behind him, he needs to be replaced. But a QB is where they should be concentrating their efforts in the draft, till they get a bonifide QB, who can handle the pressure that elite defenses bring to bear, this team will always be: One and out.

Chris

March 4th, 2011
4:02 pm

Turner is 29 years old and he his fat and slow, Allen Bradford ran 4.58 40 and weighed 250 now what.

Chris

March 4th, 2011
4:04 pm

GO on YOUTUBE like at Allen Bradford

Chris

March 4th, 2011
4:09 pm

Allen Bradford = LeGarrette Blount

marc

March 4th, 2011
4:22 pm

JF i agree whit you 100% %&$#& reggie bush!

marc

March 4th, 2011
4:25 pm

we really need an speedy wr because jenkins aint gettin younger and roddy cant whit 2 and 3 teams all day long!

joewhite

March 4th, 2011
4:34 pm

We must resign brent grimes i still have his rookie card, I love this cat and he is a elite cb in the league

Falcons relax...

March 4th, 2011
7:23 pm

@ Chris Turner fat and slow?? Turner wasn’t even his normal 250 lbs this year. He weighed less than that. lol! Turner was no. 3 in rushing and this year we saw better run defenses. (STeelers, Ravens, etc.) Trade turner for some unknown RB. Really?? Turner just made the pro bowl. Forgot about Turner running threw the whole Packers defense in the playoff game huh? You aint saying nothing. lol!

Sid

March 4th, 2011
8:51 pm

I have been a Grimes fan since his rookie camp when he didn’t make the team. We know he plays 7 ft tall but it’s not because there is a bucketfull of teams waiting to sign him. It’s part of the NFL business, 2nd rd tender to Snelling, 1st rd tender to Grimes = money to the bottom line.

T-DAWG

March 4th, 2011
8:57 pm

Turner only played a few downs in San Diego his first 3 or 4 years sitting behind LT so at 29, he really has a body of a 26/27 year old. If J Norwood can stay healthy, he would be the change of pace back but until he proves he can stay healthy an entire season, I wouldn’t put my money on it. Turner is the real deal!! We don’t need to replace Turner but we need a top 2nd WR to go with R. White. Give us a pass rusher, a top notch 2nd WR and I will take my chances with this current roster next year.

Stevie B

March 4th, 2011
10:18 pm

I used to get on the edge of my chair when Norwood was in the game. He could bust one loose on any given play. I felt real bad when we went down this season. I would love it if we could keep him around maybe as a #3 guy, but I’ll bet we wont be able to work that out. I don’t think I will forget him, but we need someone healthy at the #2 Spot. I love Snelling, but someone else said it before, “we already got a Michael Turner”. OTA’s and Pre Season should be fun this year. We have several key areas to work on. I want our secondary to play up to their potential. These guys could be great, but their heads need to be in the game, everygame, with a instinct for the ball. I would like another tall fast reciever opposite White. I want the Falcons to be a team who can score in 2 minutes or 10 minutes, meaning they decide which. They got showed one on their last game. Hopefully they learned something from it. .

Falconsfan007

March 5th, 2011
12:08 am

The weakness of the the defense was exposed when Green Bay came to town last January. The defensive line was able to get little pressure on Rodgers and that only make it harder for the secondary. I thought Grimes made some good plays this last season but, is he really the answer for the CB question? I would of liked to see the Falcons pursue Asomugha or Atogwe. I think the offense is fine as long as they can stay healthy, Turner could stand to drop a few pounds and pick up some speed but he’s good for 1000 yards and 10 TD’s minimum if healthy and thats not easy to replace. Jenkins or Douglas need to step up as the 2nd WR. Jenkins is tall and long with decent speed and great hands and Douglas is blazing fast! Ryan is only goin to get better and Gonzalez only helps the passing game. Dline or CB is where we need to draft.

PlanB

March 5th, 2011
8:22 am

Happy to see the Falcons could see the quality of play that Grimes gives us. Next year QB’s will probably be throwing Robinson’s way more than Grimes. He was our steal. Keep him.
Smitty said H Douglas, Moore and P Jerry didn’t come back off their injuries as he would like because it sometimes takes the extra year. I wonder if he thinks K Meier can have a good year next year or will it be the year after.

PlanB

March 5th, 2011
8:34 am

I hope getting rid of B Williams at CB was a good move. He was playing a pretty good nickel. We put C Owens in and he got as close to giving a game away single handed as I have ever seen. He looked worse than C Houston. He has had some decent games so I hope that was just a fluke.

Duck tape and glue

March 5th, 2011
8:46 am

Michael Turner being #3 in rushing and making the pro bowl is only proof that Paul Boudreau deserves a statue and Tyson Clabo deserves to get paid. I’d love to get Mikel Leshoure but it doesn’t work with our draft slot. The Dimitroff way doesn’t guarantee we’ll hit on every draft pick, it guarantees we’ll be drafting a defensive end the year there is a plethora of talent at that position. I hate drafting DE’s because it is a huge bust position but that is what they are going to do.

Jake

March 5th, 2011
10:49 am

Hey all you complainers and folks constantly harping on our problems and players—One question for all of you. If you had to evaluate our team, the owner, TD and Smitty over the past three years of partnership, understanding they had the third best win/loss percentage behind only New England and Indy–how would you rate them? —-Constructive critisim is fine, but lets be dam happy and greatful for what has been achieved in a very short window.

lech112

March 5th, 2011
1:50 pm

Grimes needs a running mate at the other CB position. I say the Falcons need to address that in the draft: http://bit.ly/NFLMockDraft3 or get a stud pass rusher if one falls

Falcons relax...

March 5th, 2011
3:46 pm

@ jake exactly. Theres so much negativity sometimes. I have no problem with opinions about how to get the team better but sometimes the comments really make me scratch my head and wonder are some undercover falcons.

@ Duck Tape and Glue Your are sadly mistaken. TURNER MADE THIS O-LINE. You forget this is the same o-line that gave up like 45 sacks in 07 and ruined Warrick Dunn. Turner comes in and made the better same way AP made the vikings o-line better. Don’t try and take credit away from turner like hes a fluke. Turner has had 3 straight productive season. Our o-line is overrated. Only guy I would keep is dahl and he might go as well. TD took o-lineman in the draft last year FOR A REASON. He’s letting them walk. Now is the time to adress the o-line and rebuild it to go far with Ryans career because our division has some great d-lines at line of scrimmage.

Saints have sedrick ellis. Top 10 DT, Bucs just got McCoy and Brian Price and will go for a DE in the 1st, and the cats could potentially grab Quinn, Bowers, or Fairley to add to Charles Johnson. Turner is deserves most of the credit. Our o-line got dominated against good to great run defenses.

[...] to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Falcons placed a first-round tender on cornerback Brent Grimes on Thursday. The Pro [...]

66nativefan

March 5th, 2011
8:53 pm

Let’s see…11-5, 9-7 and 13-3 over the last 3 years? ARE YOU KIDDING? As a native Falcon’s fan…things could be much worse! Count your blessings!
Have Faith!

A few tweeks can make a huge difference next year.

GO FALCONS!

JB

March 6th, 2011
1:10 pm

Falcons Relax: agree with you; problems more with O-Line than with Turner (or Snelling or Norwood).

True Falcon Fan

March 6th, 2011
1:12 pm

Turner is a GREAT PERSON and was a VERY GOOD RB!

Maybe he has 1 or 2 years left in his body as long as he stays healthy!

Time is RIGHT only if TD can do the right package deal??

True Falcon Fan

March 6th, 2011
1:14 pm

NFL – FOLKS – is a sports business – NOT A MARRIAGE!

Big Ray

March 6th, 2011
8:51 pm

Good move. Grimey probably isn’t going anywhere, and we’d be hard-pressed for the cash load it would take to replace him with somebody who can play at Pro-Bowl level or anywhere near it. Look what we had to pay to get Dunta Robinson, and it was Grimes who made so many plays.

Only a top ten or top 12 pick at CB has a shot at replacement. We’re not going to break the draft pick bank for that.

As for Mike Turner, the best thing we can do is:

1) Start improving the O-Line.

2) Get a change of pace RB who can catch the ball, make guys miss….oh, and stay healthy.

mgdawg

March 7th, 2011
6:54 am

Grimes is athletically one of the most gifted corners in the league imo, his problem is he’s short and doesn’t have much experience yet. With him and dunta, the falcons have two legit corners. Who said something about owens developing? Did anyone watch the packer game? I’m suprised Blank didn’t start the lockout with him a few months ago.

Singletary

March 7th, 2011
7:21 am

Stevie B — Your views on Norwood are EXACTLY how I felt about HDTV (Harry Douglas.) In retrospect, perhaps we should have kept Laurent. I’m not sure on either one now, but that “$w@%howdy I’m down the field” is EXACTLY what I want in the WRs and RBs. And don’t go picking on my man Ovie. That guy’s got hands, too.

MGDAWG, I’d like to respectfully ask you to reconsider foisting our CBs and instead slam our DC for not changing the scheme in the second half. THAT 20YD DOUGHNUT HOLE you saw where Aaron Rodgers thought he was in a zone was labeled BVG by me. Any team that cannot re-evaluate a scheme (AT LEAST during halftime) is not a playoff caliber team. I’m not saying we would have won, but we could have made a game of it.

falconfanriseup

March 7th, 2011
9:56 am

Hurry up and sign Grimes teams will give up a first round pick for his Talents.