Falcons’ top 10 salary cap numbers for 2012

Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. AP

Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. AP

With cornerback Dunta Robinson re-working his contract earlier this week, the Falcons have a new top 10 in salary cap numbers for 2012.

Here are the top 10 cap numbers:

1. Matt Ryan, quarterback, $13.5 million.

2. Brent Grimes, cornerback, $10.281 million (franchise tag).

3. Roddy White, wide receiver, $8.025 million.

4. Michael Turner, running back, $7 million.  

5. Dunta Robinson, cornerback,  $6 million ( He drops one spot from fourth to fifth. His previous number was $7.75 million.)

6. Tony Gonzalez, tight end, $5.9 million.

7. Justin Blalock, left guard, $5.3 million.

8. Jonathan Babineaux, defensive tackle, $4.6 million.

9. Ray Edwards, defensive end, $4.5 million.

10. Tyson Clabo, right tackle, $4.05 million.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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82 comments Add your comment

MrShields

March 9th, 2012
7:14 pm

Chop Turners contact next. 7 mill is too much for a 30 year old RB with a ton of miles from 4 seasons

MrShields

March 9th, 2012
7:14 pm

I.know I can’t actually be first…

realitycheck

March 9th, 2012
7:16 pm

Nothing to get excited about at all. Falcons lost last 2 games by a combined 51 pts and this regime enters its 5th season with ZERO playoff wins. And Melt is still the QB too!

UcantCLA

March 9th, 2012
7:21 pm

Hey D. LedBetter Any chance we trade our number second round pick to the Colts for Freeney? A star DE w/out giving up a signing bonus sounds very tempting.

Big Rod

March 9th, 2012
7:22 pm

Now is our time to take over the NFC South since the Aints are in turmoil!

Ra'mon

March 9th, 2012
7:31 pm

Why not re-sign Gonzalez to a deal that has his cap number at $2 Mil, and he gets a signing bonus now, instead of leaving the cap hit at $5 Mil.

KC in Smyrna

March 9th, 2012
7:36 pm

Ramon,
We’d have to get Tony to agree to a contract with a 2nd or 3rd year on it. Then we could spread his “signing bonus” or “roster bonus” over either 2 or 3 years of the deal. With a 1yr deal, you hands are tied. Any restructured bonus wouldn’t have any additional to spread the hit.

KC in Smyrna

March 9th, 2012
7:37 pm

$16MM for 2 CBs and among the league’s worst pass defenses. We need to make some changes somewhere. Scheme or Mario Williams to make that pay off.

Treeofwoe

March 9th, 2012
8:26 pm

Trade turner while he has value. Get an extra draft pick. Use our 2nd rounder on our RB of the future. Save $5 million on the cap. Get Mario.

Bluestreak

March 9th, 2012
8:28 pm

Grimes won’t be signed at the franchise level. He had his chance to make 10 mil and has apparently decided against it. That’s fine. He’s not a 10 mil CB.

Just watch, the birds will find a comparable CB or one that fits Nolan’s scheme better and rescend the franchise tag and tell Grimey he can take Miko to Buffalo or some place that won’t “disrespect her boo”

KC, I think we’ll be looking at 10 to 12 mil for our two starting CBs. I’m ok with that, especially if Super Mario is running over Brees wearing Red and Black!

Paddy

March 9th, 2012
8:44 pm

Grimes not signing a long term deal is going to be discussed for a long time. If his wife has any say so, she should suggest Grimes fire his agent. He didn’t pick up the money! You always pick up the money!

Mike

March 9th, 2012
8:52 pm

@UcantCLA, Dwight Freeney is due more money next year than Matt Ryan. He is 32 and had the same number of sacks as Abraham last year. Dont think he is worth a 2nd Round pick or any of our draft picks for that matter. If we get a D End making that kind of money his name better be Mario Williams.

JSS

March 9th, 2012
9:09 pm

Grimes makes almost more this year than he has in entire career combined… You want to end the Grimes issue, pay him what the market would…

$13.5 million from a rookie contract, that still makes my stomach queasy!

Mave

March 9th, 2012
9:13 pm

List is fine…don’t get the focus on Turner…the guy is a franchise leading back…restructure him sure, but don’t cut him. Some more restructures may be in order. Still prefer Carl Nicks over Super Mario…remember those 4 and 1s….O-line needs help.

John

March 9th, 2012
9:14 pm

If Atlanta were to go after Freeny where would his current contract fit on this list?

John

March 9th, 2012
9:16 pm

The more I think about it….. The Falcons are going after Mario. I like the plan… Lets just execute. GO BIG or GO HOME

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
9:21 pm

Cut or trade turner, baker,jerry,and ovie. Trade white and this frees up atleast an additional 20 million for this year! Sign grimes to a long term deal,and this would give us a total of 40 to 50 million in cap space! You could get willams, fill a all your o-line needs(lt,rg,center) and get a really good 3-.4 nose tackle.My guess we probably would atleast pick up a number one draft pick for white, and maybe a extra 2 or 3 for turner.I would resign sanders and hayden if the prices are right.You could drat you future running back or wr or build good depth on th o-line and d-line!
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pawatl

March 9th, 2012
9:39 pm

think of it this way, your lb would be beirman,willams,spoon,nichols, your de in 3 4 would be peters, edwards and babs rotating,plus add a good 3-4 nt by making the moves i said in my last post! Then you could still sign atleast two of the top o-lineman of the three positions you need(lt,rg,center).Plus you would pick up an adittional 1 and maybe a 2 or 3 in the draft !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our d would be in the top 3 in the nfl. If we find a way to help ryan with his deep ball we would probably have a top 5 offense!!!!!!!!!!!!

pj

March 9th, 2012
9:49 pm

Get mario. Get mario. Get mario. Get mario. Get mario.

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
9:51 pm

i would also not resign lofton ,wees or redman. I would add backup depth at LB,sign garrard as ryans backup becuase he knows the system, and franks would be my returner!

Runner-

March 9th, 2012
9:59 pm

One thing the Falcons may currently be looking at is releasing the man formerly known as The Burner. Would give us an extra 5 million to work with, but we would need to have someone else come in to replace him, unless they believe Jason and Jacquizz can handle the workload. Tough decisions to make, but I have faith in the trio of Mr. Blank, Rich, and TD

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
10:02 pm

if we made the moves i said we could take a very good to top of the line runningback in the draft.

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
10:03 pm

a 1st or 2nd rounder

Kobie

March 9th, 2012
10:04 pm

Reading these blogs are truly hilarious. Everyone on here is all of a sudden a GM and a master of cap room and come up with all sorts of answers. Trade Michael Turner for a second or third round pick? Why would a team do that for a 30 year old back instead of another team just drafting a back themselves. Everyone seems to foget he ran for over 1300 yards behind a suspect line. Trade White for a first round pick even though he is our leading receiver and the point is to have as many weapons on offense as possible to become less predictable. Some people seem to think we can just.plug anybody in and win. Calm down and think rationally, really.

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
10:12 pm

because he is still good enough for atleast a 3 if not take what u can get for him or cut him. the point is to free up 5 to 7 million in cap space, if you can get 2 or 3 for him thats just a plus. Also if you can’t aleast get 3 for him, doesn’t that tell you he’s probably not worth a 5 to 7 millon dollar cap hit.Duh!!!!!!!!

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
10:14 pm

and dropped more passes percentage wise as well! Almost Twice as high of a percentage!!!!

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
10:18 pm

from point of contact to me it seemed like snelling picked up more yards than turner did last year,just sayin

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
10:24 pm

think about it like this turners trade value only goes down from this point on and probably the same for white,plus without a retool of the o-line we will be in the same shape as last year. Same can be said about the d line.So to let turner and white go to get willams,gaither,and or nicks would be a wise move.

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
10:46 pm

also with a new offensive and defensive system coming this year you can afford to work more new players in the lineup, because the whole team has to learn the system from square one.

Kobie

March 9th, 2012
10:50 pm

So with all that being said, who would you replace White with? Yes, he dropped some passes, but his production again was outstanding. Snelling is a good backup who can catch the ball out of the backfield, but as we can see you need a couple of good backs. I believe Turner wore down at the end, but in todays game you just dont run one guy 300 times anymore. Even though it is a passing leaguw now, a good bruising back is nice to have. Your moves make the line better, but for who? No White means Julio doubled. Gararrd sounds nice but would he take less than Redman to back up and would he want too. I just think some of you scenarios while nice, helps in some areas and weakens others.

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
11:07 pm

colston mannigham ,draft one, or give cone or douglas a shot

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

There are a lot of good free agent wideouts that would come much cheaper. Personally i think you put douglas outside and start cone or meier in the slot

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
11:19 pm

if you dont feel comfortable with that as your recevier corps than take the 1 round pick you get for white and take the top recevier in the draft. Cleveland has the #4 pick and they want a recevier ,trade white for that forth pick and you got the top wr in the draft.Then take your running back in round 2.

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
11:26 pm

i think snelling/ rodgers is a good combo,but I would add a rb in the draft

pawatl

March 9th, 2012
11:32 pm

cone is the fastest receiver on the roster put him in the slot with douglas outside, if they double jones their nickelback better be fast or they will have problems.

Sterling

March 10th, 2012
12:14 am

This idiot really just said “trade white”

JSS

March 10th, 2012
12:29 am

If Randy Moss didn’t get traded for a 1st round pick, Roddy White sure isn’t going to pull more that a 3rd at his age…

dave

March 10th, 2012
8:36 am

it is a good thing td or ms dont read these comments. there are alot of people writing about things they know nothing about. they surely know nothing about football and what it takes to win.

robertussen

March 10th, 2012
8:39 am

jones is the fastest wr on the roster, not cone, and to trade white would be dumber than dumb

SavDawg

March 10th, 2012
10:54 am

I think pawatl is just pulling our leg nobody could make those dumb comments and be serious!

steven A. smith

March 10th, 2012
1:16 pm

pawatl
March 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

There are a lot of good free agent wideouts that would come much cheaper. Personally i think you put douglas outside and start cone or meier in the slot

GREAT POST..Roddy is on the “downside” of his career. Go after Vincent Jackson. Meltdown needs big receivers who can catch his “off-target” passes.

Nadine

March 10th, 2012
2:27 pm

Grimes is likely to sign with Falcons because another team will be required to give the falcons 2 first round picks as compensation. Not likely to happen.

Nadine

March 10th, 2012
2:32 pm

Pawatl is the worst “GM” in NFL history. A first round pick for white and a 3rd round pick for turner??? Every team in the league would blackball you for being joke. you couldnt get a 1st round pick for both of them

Big Crimson 75

March 10th, 2012
3:04 pm

Get rid of Turner.
Get rid of Grimes & the Mrs.

Sign Mario.
Sign Finnegan.

Let Abe walk.
Let Loftin walk.
Let HD walk.

Draft Zebrie Sanders – OT – FSU in 2nd round
Draft Sean Spence – LB – Miami in 3rd round
Draft Deangelo Peterson – TE – LSU in 5th

Roddy White

March 10th, 2012
5:07 pm

100 Catches and 1200 plus yards….. Trade me and dive someone a “shot’ ? pawatl, with all due respect that idea isn’t worth a velvet picture of a Whale and a Dolphin getting it on ! You don’t get top 5 picks for veteran recievers that have more than a few drops….

P. Bull Terrier

March 10th, 2012
7:02 pm

Trading all of the players on the top 10 list for draft picks would save something like $70 million before you factor in the rookie contracts. The new players we draft might not be any better than the players they replace, but as we have learned from the bloggers, new and unproven is always more exciting than whatever we already have.

Plus, bringing in all new players would give everyone plenty of reason to complain about the coaching schemes while all of the new players try to learn a new system. Next season we can fire all of our coaches and get new ones. The season after that, we can trade all of our players for draft picks again. That way, the excitement never ends.

Dirty Bird

March 11th, 2012
3:25 am

Get rid of Matt Ryan get Peyton Manning

Dirty Bird

March 11th, 2012
3:27 am

Get rid of Matt Ryan for Peyton Manning

cw

March 11th, 2012
10:39 am

whats wrong with going after nicks, colston,mcneil.might could get all of them for the price of mario.then use draft for defense.this would make ice very happy.will never be able to stretch field if we don’t.please don’tput all your eggs in 1 basket.

cwltank

March 11th, 2012
12:48 pm

RYAN is their to stay, so for those who do not like him, change teams. Turner is a great back who was victim of a terrible system. To put a big slow full back in front of a big slow back is dumb. Ovie is a great blocker, but given Turner size, Ovie does not benefit him. if we sign Dallas Clark and Mario & cut Ovie & retract Grimes tag, we should be ready to be called an elite team. Plus, Dallas Clark could be our future TE.