5 things we heard: Ray Edwards headed to Philadelphia

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards would be a nice fit for the Falcons. (Associated Press)

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards could be headed to Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

With most of the NFL writers in town last week, we passed some time during the eight-hour league’ meeting cross-checking free agency notes, catching up on league gossip, rumor and innuendo.

Here are five things we heard bouncing of the walls of the swank Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway:

  1. Ray Edwards is headed elsewhere: The Falcons reportedly have had a change of heart. They are going to focus on retaining their 11 free agents and will not be a player in the Ray Edwards derby. The defensive end is expected to land in Philadelphia.
  2.  Tyson Clabo is staying put: Although the Falcons planned for a potential exodus of offensive linemen, they appear ready to retain two of the three starters. The order of priority is believed to be Clabo, Harvey Dahl and then Justin Blalock.
  3. Stephen Nicholas is headed to the New York Giants:  Nicholas is viewed as a potential starter for the Giants. For the Falcons, he opened last season as a reserve. He has started 24 of the last 32 regular-season games with the Falcons.
  4. If no Edwards, what are the Falcons going to do at defensive end? I didn’t get a plausible answer for this. Kroy Biermann thinks he can make another leap if he doesn’t have to play on special teams.
  5. Charles Johnson likely headed back to Carolina:  Johnson, the former UGA standout, could be another defensive end target, but Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said it was rather easy to figure out their priorities. Translation: They plan to re-sign Johnson and running back DeAngelo Williams.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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122 comments Add your comment

tjhook

July 25th, 2011
5:32 am

Glad to be first; not glad to hear that Stephen Nicholas will be leaving us. The Falcons need a strong LB corps

tjhook

July 25th, 2011
5:33 am

DOL, who are the Falcons looking to bring in defensively? I agree with resigning Clabo and Dahl; they are the fuel to the run game.

Gary

July 25th, 2011
5:40 am

I really think the Falcons make a run at Nnamdi Asomugha considering both defensive ends are porbably going else were. They will sign Nnamdi for around $9 million a year and move Grimes to nickel.

nash

July 25th, 2011
6:01 am

see all ex falcon line backers land in the nfc east and, that would be the second to land on the NY Giants roster. Love Steven but lets consider that he was drafted to play middle and now four years later he was projects to fight with Mike Peterson for the starting strong side linebacker spot

staffordinfection

July 25th, 2011
6:03 am

as a former dawg, and falcon lover, i hope the falcons make a play for johnson. a player with a much greater upside than edwards for a lower price. the guy can really play. if the panthers gm is being truthful then we must get an end somewhere. beerman ain’t gonna cut it!

Seen (Sean Peyton) This (Win a super Bowl ) B (And the Failcans can't ) 4

July 25th, 2011
6:04 am

The 3 stooges are now scratching their heads wondering why they didn’t draft for their sorry D who was ranked 22nd against the pass. With Brees , Freeman and Newton, it’s gonna be a free for all against the Falcants this year in the NFC South!

Mitch (the one in Rome)

July 25th, 2011
6:35 am

I would love to see an end come in here, but I’m not sure one end is a fix. Our D is still a young unit and developing. TD may have something up his sleeve, but as I recall a 13-3 record was not too shabby. So, SeenThisB4, don’t be surprised when the Aints are not the NFC South Champs, again, looking up at the Falcons.

JONESBORO SLIM

July 25th, 2011
6:35 am

How can a Saints fan write us off when they have 20 players to either re-sign or let go…sounds like you’re covering up something

JONESBORO SLIM

July 25th, 2011
6:39 am

@Mitch

I think you’re right about T.D. after all he did pulled that great draft move..no telling what he’ll do next..but it will be a good one…

Ken Strickland

July 25th, 2011
6:48 am

To be an AINTS

JONESBORO SLIM

July 25th, 2011
6:52 am

The lost of Edwards to Philly will be know big thing…reading the info on him out of the Minnesota newpapers reported him being moved to a backup roll……so really is he worth it?…..now the young man from the Panthers may be worth going after if he becomes available…….

The Real Falcon

July 25th, 2011
6:55 am

All of this is bad news.

RomeDawg

July 25th, 2011
6:57 am

I was worried we were going to overpay for Edwards. He is barely better than average. I’ll take keeping our O-line together anyday over paying too much for a DE that may be the 3rd best on our team. I do hate to see Nicholas leave. That guy can RUN!

The Real Falcon

July 25th, 2011
6:59 am

Nicholas was never drafted as a MLB. Peterson already knows he is a backup this year.
One WR does not a great draft make.
We season ticket holders expect more, a lot more.

just sayin'

July 25th, 2011
6:59 am

hey, ken….where do the falcants rank in SB wins?….

JONESBORO SLIM

July 25th, 2011
6:59 am

They just dropped the news the Lock Out is over…news conferance later today…..

The Real Falcon

July 25th, 2011
6:59 am

An average Edwards is better than what we have now.

JONESBORO SLIM

July 25th, 2011
7:06 am

The NFL channel is going CRAZY with J. GLAZER reporting over and over and over again……

Falcons 4 life

July 25th, 2011
7:14 am

Falcons will bring in a DE…..U can take that to the bank!

Ken Strickland

July 25th, 2011
7:18 am

To be an AINTS fan you have to do a whole lot of pretending, ignoring, postering, and be deep, deep in denial. How else can them commenting about our pass DEF when their entire secondary couldn’t garner more INT’s than Probowl CB BGrimes? How else can anyone them ignoring the AINTS poor pass rush, when their front 4 garnered only 2 more sacks than Falcons Probowl DE JAbraham?

And please, please, let’s not mention the AINTS sorry, pitiful run DEF. In the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks, the worst playoff team in NFL history, with the NFL’s 25th ranked OFF, ripped that SORRIER THAN SORRY DEF apart. With $18M under the cap, and the ability to drop even lower, the Falcons can sign just about anyone we want. CAN THE AINTS SAY THAT?

We have a Probowl DE, CAN THE PITIFUL AINTS DEF SAY THEY HAVE A PROBOWL DE? You’re desperate for DE help. We have a Probowl caliber CB’s, CAN THE PITIFUL AINTS DEF SAY IT HAS A PROBOWL CALIBER CB? What do you AINT loving fanatics have to say about FS? I challenge any of you AINT FANATICS to answer intelligently and honestly any of the following questions.
1-What are you going to do about FS, bring back old ANCIENT AGE Darren Sharper?
2-What are you going to do about that sorry DL, the one that gave up so many rushing yds and couldn’t generate a decent pass rush?
3-What are you going to do about your secondary, which made fewer plays and garnered fewer INT’s than Falcon’s CB BGrimes?
4-When are you going to quit whinning and crying about the injuries you suffered? The Packers suffered as many, if not more, injuries than any other team and they won the Superbowl.

The only team your BELOVED AINTS will finish ahead of in the NFC South Division is the Carolina Panthers. You’d better hope your BELOVED AINTS will make the playoffs again as a wildcard team, because that’s the only way you’ll get there. And if you do make the playoffs, let’s hope your BELOVED AINTS won’t have to suffer another monumental embarrassment at the hands of another team to make the playoffs with a losing record.

JONESBORO SLIM

July 25th, 2011
7:25 am

Well Seen This B4

I for one am waiting for you and other Saints to answer Strickland quesitions…..this is going to be good

just sayin'

July 25th, 2011
7:36 am

ken…u just can’t answer a simple question?..the Saints have positions to fill…as do the falcants..with ALL of those Pro Bowl players, did you get to the SB?…NO…what was the falcants record in the playoffs…. 0-1..same as the Saints…

SeenThisB4

July 25th, 2011
7:39 am

I don’t have to answer his questions. There’s not a scintella of validity to them. I said all along, the longer the lockout, the longer free agency is delayed, the better for the Saints and worse for the falcan’ts. Ken must have had a bad morning to wake up and learn that the lynchpin in his cog dissolved with DOL’s annoncement on Edwards,…… probably slapped you all into a hyseria! LOL! ‘Morning boys!!!!

GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!

Jimmy Crack

July 25th, 2011
7:43 am

It would be so nice to splash the league twice in 3 months, first with drafting Julio and now by grabbing Asomugha and adding in a quality OLB in Manny Lawson of the 49ers. Manny is not a elite pass rusher, but is a fundamentally sound veteran who is also one of those 4-3 linebackers stuck in a 3-4 scheme.

JONESBORO SLIM

July 25th, 2011
7:43 am

Hey “just sayin”

Quit with the BS… yea yea yea you won a SB..just answer the man 4 quesitions…..

JONESBORO SLIM

July 25th, 2011
7:47 am

Enter your comments here

SirReal

July 25th, 2011
7:59 am

Im fine with no Ray Edwards as long as they bring in SOMEONE WORTH THE JOB! I’m sick of this D Line having the SAME glaring hole year after year. Hopefully the brass feels the same way.

Khaos

July 25th, 2011
8:00 am

After we got thrashed by Green Bay and we watch QB’s convert 4th downs all year long, if we don’t get help on the defensive line (ie DE), we’re going to see more of the same.

falcons relax

July 25th, 2011
8:12 am

Man, that deal with clabo better not be something huge. Honestly, I would’ve let clabo and blalock walk, kept dahl, and let the young guys play and develop since they have more upside. But I also don’t feel any type of way about not going after ray edwards. I never believed in the guy anyway. I always thought he got allen and the williams brothers leftover plays. IF anything going after charles johnson should be the move if DE is what they’re looking for. FA is going to be crazy though.

Mike Jay

July 25th, 2011
8:12 am

No way the Falcons sign Asomugha. First they are going to have to pay pro bowler Grimes as he is a FA. Once they do that there is zero chance they will pay another CB 9+ million. You cannot commit that much $ to three CB’s, it would be around 20-25% of their salary cap. However they do need to get a savvy veteran who can groom the young secondary and play some good nickle. I think the Dline will be better this year simply because they are healthier and more experienced. Their interior lineman should be nasty, look for the pass rush up the middle to be exceptional. Agree with The Bierman that he does not need to be on ST. So a better interior pass rush + a veteran DB in the nickle slot should help the pass defense overall. Take away the greenbay game and the defense was overall better than average with all those young guys being key contributors.

JONESBORO SLIM

July 25th, 2011
8:14 am

D.O.L.

Quesition….During the Lock-Out since management could not talk to players, were they permitted to talk to agents? or is that considered an extension of the palyers?

just sayin'

July 25th, 2011
8:18 am

ok, slim and ken…here goes
1) Sharper will not be the starting FS. He started last year on the injured list and contributed quite well. i think Jenkins will do a great job this year
2) at least the Saints addressed their DL…unlike the falcants…cam jordan will add some depth in case of injury..
3) Harper and Porter will do just fine..along with 2010 number 1 pick Robinson..this years pick of johnny patrick may be this years steal in the draft…
4) with no major injuries last year, the falcants still didnt make it to the SB…

and what about the Saints number two pick?…Ingram will provide a potent running option to go along with the other RBs and of course, the passing game….

tell me again, how many SBs have the falcants won?….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 25th, 2011
8:29 am

tjhook — Haven’t nailed that down. Worst case scenario, they roll with the crew on hand. There are a bunch of DEs on the free agent list. Looks like they are going into the moderately priced market for help.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 25th, 2011
8:30 am

Gary — They are not getting in the Nnamdi derby.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 25th, 2011
8:34 am

Jonesboro Slim — I read the Glazer story and couldn’t get excited. They have already agreed to terms. They have been just working out logistics. Players vote later today. When the players vote and approve deal, is we you can pronounce the lockout over. Should be shortly after 11 a.m. this morning.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 25th, 2011
8:38 am

JONESBORO SLIM — It’s my understanding that they could not talk to the agents. That’s what John Elway told me at the GM meeting on Friday. I was thinking that a lot of these deals were done through conversations with agents during the lockout. But that’s not the case. It’s going to be mayhem.

Brian Hunt

July 25th, 2011
8:42 am

Glad to hear the Falcons won’t waste money on Edwards. He’s been at best an 8 sack guy in a contract year on a very talented defensive line that got to play the Lions twice a year. I don’t consider him enough of an upgrade to throw money at him like some of the more desperate teams will do. If Carolina doesn’t franchise Johnson, they should take a shot and the younger guy with more upside.

just sayin'

July 25th, 2011
8:43 am

and how many catches do you expect jones to get this year?…any catch he makes will be one less than the ‘pouter’ white will get…wonder how jones will like running at 3/4 speed so he doesn’t overrun matty melt’s ‘heaves’ downfield?

mrzizzle

July 25th, 2011
9:19 am

Hey Saints Fan…two words Marshawn Lynch! Ouch!

D man

July 25th, 2011
9:20 am

If we don’t go after Edwards, let’s get the CB from Oakland. I think we can part with some of our FA’s and stay under the cap with a big salary guy who will help us move to the next level.

Come on, 46 years without a championship is long enough suffering… ;(

Mike Jay

July 25th, 2011
9:28 am

Just saying, your logic is flawed. No reason that Roddy “the best WR last year in football” can not duplicate or exceed the #’s he put up last year. He was double teamed all year, especially the second half. The offense will be throwing more this season and Jones should help the doubles and free up the underneath stuff whic Roddy excels at. Plus he should be able to break plays for longer gains as well because of equal coverage in the secondary. Jones will take catches away from jenkins not Roddy, 30+ and maybe a little from TG. Add the extra throwing this year and Roddy will be just fine. He is not primadona WR in regards to his touches, he juts wants to win. Of course you being an Aint’s fan you would not know this. But by all means keep wasting you life trolling Falcons blogs, hopefully you learn a thing or two.

Em

July 25th, 2011
9:28 am

Man the aints fans are punching the wind this morning. Ken you threw the knockout blow for an aints fan who even gives a hint of talking smack. Kind of like what my dad use to say “I’ll hit you so hard your grand kids will feel it.”

isproab

July 25th, 2011
9:30 am

I will not believe it until I see it. I would be shocked if the Falcons didn’t attempt to get some help at DE. I don’t believe that Edwards is headed to Philly. So he takes a visit, that is not a done deal. Nobody can talk yet so how is it he is headed to Philly? Maybe his agent said that is one place he is interested in, but again, that is not a done deal.

I’ve heard that Johnson said he wanted to stay in Carolina, I just can’t figure out why. Kiwanuka may be a cheaper option that can give you something in the rotation if you don’t land Edwards or Johnson. I know about the injuries but I’ve got to have someone else at DE that can provide a pass rush. I just think we will be sorry if we go with what is on the roster.

Kane337

July 25th, 2011
9:31 am

It’s going to take about $15 to $18 million a year to get Nnamdi.

Mave2124

July 25th, 2011
9:35 am

MAaaannnn…without Edwards, I truly feel that we still have the pass rush weakness. If Biermann doesn’t step his game up, we will be one and done in the playoffs again…ughh

Kane337

July 25th, 2011
9:37 am

The Falcons need a pass rush if they want to take the defense to the next level.

just sayin'

July 25th, 2011
9:38 am

Tramon Williams

just sayin'

July 25th, 2011
9:39 am

70yd int for TD as half ends….falcants fans start leaving the dome….

Karl

July 25th, 2011
9:39 am

I don’t know, guys, I’m kind of disappointed, if this report is accurate. If we don’t get significantly better on Defense, we’re not gonna get very far. If we go with the same crew on D, I can’t see us getting to the conf. championship game.

JONESBORO SLIM

July 25th, 2011
9:46 am

@”just sayin”

I guess you’re not the sharpest pencil in the box …remember what mrzuzzle said “remember Marshawn Lynch”