League reviewing Falcons salary cap status

Falcons head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff could get "some bonus" to go shopping with. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC).

Falcons head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff could get "some bonus" to go shopping with. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC).

The Falcons, who took a $6.4 million salary cap hit during the 2009 season after releasing Michael Vick in June of 2009, may receive some relief from the league.

“It is being reviewed,” League spokeman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “No determination has been made.”

The fine folks over at ProFootballTalk.com reported on this earlier.  Jeff Schultz has a blog  up on Vick maybe owing the Falcons some money. The Falcons have a “confidentiality agreement” and are not talking.

Also, we are getting some bizarre information that has to be checked out on whether if he’ll be paying the Falcons or some other entity. (We’re hearing their rights to the money may have be assigned to a third party. Hmmm!)

So for now, let’s focus on the salary cap issue and find out if they Falcons will get some more money to go salary-cap casualty shopping over the weekend. Or do they save the credit until next season?  

They have agreed to terms with safety James Sanders and his signing is expected to be announced today. He was set to make $2.8 million, but was released by New England.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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39 comments Add your comment

TXDawg

August 31st, 2011
12:02 pm

FIRST….could is be?

TXDawg

August 31st, 2011
12:03 pm

…so excited to be first I mispelled “it”

Whatever the case, that would be great because it seems our salary cap at the moment is very tight compared to other teams.

punjabiinatl

August 31st, 2011
12:15 pm

randall gay & hayden are available !

coachx

August 31st, 2011
12:17 pm

Get a nickle back when final buts are made next week.

coachx

August 31st, 2011
12:18 pm

Get a nickle back when final cuts are made next week.

cwltank

August 31st, 2011
12:19 pm

Did Hayden sign with anyone? I am happy we signed Sanders, SHANN SCHILLINGER has played awful. I recorded all the preseason games and he constantly misses assignments, tackles, and can’t
make the big hit.
Im interesting in what will happen with our DE’s. A few must go, I pray its not Sidbury. lol

Virginia Jim

August 31st, 2011
12:21 pm

Wake up people-we ain`t getting squat-wait and see.We aren`t a league `favorite` IMO

Just Asking

August 31st, 2011
12:21 pm

Who is this “third party?”

Northern Bird

August 31st, 2011
12:22 pm

Enter your comments here

Ivan

August 31st, 2011
12:28 pm

Agree with coachx. If the Falcons do indeed get more money. Bring in some pass coverage. The Falcons are too close to save the money for next year.

matt

August 31st, 2011
12:32 pm

yeah if we get money back get a secondary that s my solution

matt

August 31st, 2011
12:33 pm

keep us posted orlando see what u can find out

Kurtis

August 31st, 2011
12:37 pm

Hopefully Sanders will push DeCoud. He has regressed ever since being named starter in my opinion. And Owens at nickel is nothing short of pathetic.

Big Dog

August 31st, 2011
12:46 pm

How about getting someone that can kick off!

mountain_jim

August 31st, 2011
12:53 pm

Well I posted the link in Jeff’s thread from an old USA Today article on the legal ruling that pegged the cap value to be returned to Falcons when MV paid as 3.75 million. Waters sure seem muddy though.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 31st, 2011
1:01 pm

Just Asking – We are not certain. Checking that out.

Jimmy

August 31st, 2011
1:13 pm

It’s only right to get the money back. It would have been much more if he hadn’t appealed the original court ruling of how much he had to pay back.

This is just a fraction of the full salary cap penalty he put us through for 3 years. We had to keep him on the roster a couple extra years because releasing him would have made us cut other players without being able to distrubute the cap hit.

Greg Moundine

August 31st, 2011
1:32 pm

Why don’t we bring in Mike Singletary to be LB Coach?

Rikus

August 31st, 2011
1:49 pm

If there’s a third party involve, then we probably sold off the debt to somebody in collections.

D Money

August 31st, 2011
1:53 pm

@ Greg Moundine…because Singletary is with the Vikings

ATLol

August 31st, 2011
2:00 pm

3rd party – possibly the insurance company covered part of the loss

ATLol

August 31st, 2011
2:01 pm

3rd party – possibly the insurance company covered part of the loss, and are looking to recoup

TXDawg

August 31st, 2011
2:06 pm

D-Led, I’m guilty of bashing Grimes but do you honestly think he deserves consideration as a starting CB or is he benefiting because we’re obviously deficient at the CB position? It seems that the simple fact no other team in the league jumped to acquire him or make an offer illustrates how much we’re reaching to fill that position. I would be willing to bet next year’s first pick will be used on a CB (or we’ll have to seek one through trade or free agency).
Our secondary has more holes than a doughnut factory!

Miko is my Namo

August 31st, 2011
2:13 pm

What you taking ’bout dawg? I’ll doughnut your texas

loafer

August 31st, 2011
2:36 pm

Decoud got punked last game. He let that rookie burn his butt twice. We ain’t winning any playoff games with him back there.

Who is Sanders?? Any good?? Who is he DOL??

Killer

August 31st, 2011
2:55 pm

Sun u people need go back skool learn how spell.

[...] reports that the Falcons could receive salary cap credits as the money owed is paidoff. “It is being reviewed,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told theAtlanta Journal-Constitution via email. “No determination [...]

clarence

August 31st, 2011
5:09 pm

we just sign kevin hayden and james sander they going to be back up but both can be starters and both still kind of young hayden is 28 and sanders is 27 while we still have william moore and decoud also brent grimes dunta robinson chris owens and D.Franks so we got pretty good deph in our secondary..and deph in our d-line and lbs postion so the defense is set to have a good year this year

terrance X

August 31st, 2011
5:32 pm

this is what i’m talking about Leadbetter

loyal falcon

August 31st, 2011
6:17 pm

FALCONS JUST SIGNED KELVIN HAYDEN FROM THE COLTS!!! It’s about to go down falcon fans! IN TD AND COACH SMITH I TRUST!

hiramsaint

August 31st, 2011
9:06 pm

you do realize , loyal failcan , that these players are CUT from teams for a reason. relying on retreads is no way to go through life but it does seem to be the failcan way -ie- dunta-57 mil and 1 int in the last 2 years- ray edwards-gimpy with knee problems–and on and on and on-have fun!

Sly Ty

August 31st, 2011
9:53 pm

Hiramsaint is right. I don’t know why so many of you want the rejects. These are guys that their fans were talking poorly about them, just as we did a couple years ago with Chris Houston. Oh yes, Grimes is a great fit for our Defense. Yes he is small, but most corners are around 5′10″. He may only be 5′9″.

letsbefrank

August 31st, 2011
11:19 pm

hiram and sly – you need to get your paper sacks out and cut some wholes in it cause the aints are going down! And when were finsihed palying some football why don’t you bring your baseball team fpr a little hard ball tooo!

Loyal Falcon

September 1st, 2011
1:11 am

GO FALCONS!….Chumps!

CuseFalcon

September 1st, 2011
6:02 am

D man

September 1st, 2011
8:31 am

Vick should be made to pay the Falcons more than the $6m he owes us. He owed us over $20m when he went to jail. If he has really changed, he will pay us back. I’m betting he doesn’t.

D man

September 1st, 2011
8:32 am

D man

September 1st, 2011
8:35 am

Why didn’t my last post, post? that is so frustrating. All I said was that Mike should pay us back more than $6m.

Chuck

September 1st, 2011
11:26 am

They were cut from their teams for salary cap reasons, not performance issues. Try and not be the typical Falcon fan and find fault with every move that is made. Signing Hayden and Sanders are excellant moves and need to be looked upon as such.