Grimes a no-show at start of offseason program

UPDATE: Cornerback Brent Grimes did not show up at the start of the offseason training program on Monday.


FLOWERY BRANCH — Cornerback Brent Grimes is not expected to attend the start of the Falcons’ voluntary offseason training program which starts today.

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes intercepts Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor during 1st quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.   Curtis Compton

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes intercepts Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor during 1st quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. Curtis Compton

“The workouts or phase one, will be voluntary and that’s something that we can’t control,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “Obviously, we’d like to have him in the building, but those are voluntary.”

In early March, the Falcons placed the franchise tag on Grimes, which guaranteed that he’d make the salary of the top five cornerbacks in the league. That salary is $10.2 million.

Grimes was signed by the Falcons on May 16, 2006 after being undrafted out of Shippensburg. He has developed into starter and went to the Pro Bowl as an alternate after the 2010 season. After essentially being on a year-to-year contracts for six seasons and spending one offseason in NFL Europe, Grimes would like a long-term deal.

The team and Grimes’ representative, super-agent Ben Dogra of the powerful Creative Artists Agency, have respectively been preparing for the draft and have not engaged in any in-depth discussions.

Dimitroff has stated that the team planned to continue discussions and was not against striking a long-term deal. The team’s mandatory minicamp is set for June 19 through 21.

Here are the key offseason training dates for the Falcons:

 Monday, April 23

- Offseason Program Begins

Rookie Mini-Camp – May 11-13

 Friday, May 11

- Practice 3:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Saturday, May 12

- Practice 3:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Sunday, May 13

- Practice 10:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Organized Team Activities (OTA) – May 29 – June 15

OTAs begin on Tuesday, May 29 and conclude on Friday, June 15.

Minicamp – June 19-21

The Falcons will hold their 2012 minicamp from Tuesday, June 19 through Thursday, June 21.

Tuesday, June 19

- Practice 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (walk-through)

- Practice 3:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20

- Practice 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (walk-through)

- Practice 3:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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April 23rd, 2012
7:39 am

Sign the man!


April 23rd, 2012
7:48 am

Trade him quickly! We need draft choices, not someone who will sit out!

The Boss

April 23rd, 2012
7:53 am

Agree Roger. Trade the little Pip-squeek for drat picks!

The Boss

April 23rd, 2012
7:54 am

Falcon James

April 23rd, 2012
8:01 am

Real Falcon fan will want Grime on the roster. He the best CB we got on the team. He earned his keep and we need to pay the man.


April 23rd, 2012
8:07 am

The best we have? Maybe, but what does that say? Top 5? Not even close. Prima donna transformation in process….


April 23rd, 2012
8:09 am


April 23rd, 2012
8:13 am

Thanks Thomas for letting this guy tie up our cap. He’s a good corner in this league. He’ not a franchise player, though.

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April 23rd, 2012
8:26 am

I understand that he wants to be paid, and that he should be paid, but even though I love Grimes I don’t feel he’s worth 10+ a year. It’s all about the benjamins.


April 23rd, 2012
8:28 am

Get Reid of the ego midgit.

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April 23rd, 2012
8:35 am

Has he got a thorn up his butt?


April 23rd, 2012
8:43 am

@ Don, You dont know football. Grimes is a top five CB depending on what type of defense that you run but personally I think that Franks,Owens & Walls would fill in just fine working in Nolan’s defense so I wouldn’t be made at all if they could trade him for GOOD value draft pics.


April 23rd, 2012
8:44 am

Trade his ass for draft picks. Attitude deminishes ability quickly. He was the best we had, never a top five. His best days are in the past!


April 23rd, 2012
8:44 am


April 23rd, 2012
8:54 am

Trade Grimes, his life is run by his lady and he will continue to be a thorn in the Falcons side, if he takes the franchise tag he will probably sit out most of the season (injuries ?) and get paid for nothing because she is unhappy.
If he is as good as he thinks we should get a pretty good pick for his services.


April 23rd, 2012
9:15 am

If you think about it we have only seen one really good year out of B G???


April 23rd, 2012
9:18 am

i dont think were ever going to see the same Grimes we saw in 2010…i wish we would have traded him already and gotten some picks for the draft…its pretty clear hes not worried about staying in ATL, so why should we be so worried about keeping him…and last season he had regressed, 2010 was his peak…

Chub Rock

April 23rd, 2012
9:22 am

I like the hard work Grimes has put in but man I just don’t know if he is worth a 40 or 50 million dollar contract if he were a complete corner then yes but he hits like a 5′9 180 lb man. The thing is he’s got leverage because the Falcons don’t have a replacement for him. If I were Grimes I would call the Falcons hand also but for the fans we don’t wanna see holdouts. I don’t think any team trades for him without a contract already in place. Worse case scenario he signs deal and plays 1 more season in Atl and hits the market next season. No way the Grimes family sit the year out and turn down $10 million IMO. He must ball out this year though if no long term deal is signed or he will miss his chance at the big payday.


April 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

@ BIRDSFLYHIGH Obviously, according to the posts on this board, and the so called “experts”, I know a lot more about football than you do. Read my earlier post again, it stated nothing but facts, not opinions.

Chub Rock

April 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

Anybody who thinks that Grimes football career is run by his wife is just silly LOL. Any spouse worth a crap as such would have interest in the opinions of the his or her significant other. If you think Grimes wife calls the shots on where he plays and for how much, you don’t have very intelligent thoughts sir. Any player wants as much money as they can get and any owner wants to pay as little money as possible. Be fans and not idiots. Grimes wife has no say so in these negotiations. She does not get to choose where her husband works and for how much no more than you do. STFU about spouses and let the business side be taking care of by people who are professionals in that area. Be a fan buy your tickets and hot dogs and sit in the stands.


April 23rd, 2012
9:39 am

He has really surprised me for the past 2 years (in a good way……..he has played well); however, I would love to see us trade him prior to the draft. Or maybe during the draft if a player we really need is available. $10M for one season is simply WAY too much money for a Brent Grimes. He does deserve more than he has been getting, but he is not worth $10M. I also think a long term deal will end up being a mistake.

Would you trade Brent Grimes for a stud starting left tackle? If there is a team on draft day willing to trade a late 1st rounder for Brent Grimes AND a stud LT is available…….I think the trade would be a no-brainer. This move would also free up some much needed salary cap space!!!!

Any and all free agent corner backs would flock to Atlanta given the opportunity to win the starting position!


April 23rd, 2012
9:47 am

I don’t understand how some of yall say he just wants money? Grimey is not asking for a lot of money, just a long term contract which I do not understand why we wouldn’t give him. The Falcons decided to slap the Franchise tag on him and give him the 10+ million this year. The way I see it they could have given him a 2mill bonus plus a 4-5mill salary and only his salary would have counted against the cap, freeing up that other 5mill.. Guess its not that cut and dry tho’.. Seems irrational that he is designated as our Franchise player but I don’t blame that on him.. Seems like Falcons Franchise is to blame


April 23rd, 2012
10:08 am

trade hin for draft picks!


April 23rd, 2012
10:27 am

Grimes isn’t going anywhere unless someone offers us something that we can’t refuse…I do not see that happening and I believe Nolan wants Grimes at least until he can see what else he has on the field…I think Grimes stays this year and then we cut him loose…


April 23rd, 2012
10:33 am

It seems that Grimes wants to be out of Atlanta and maybe to a team closer to his hometown. I like Grimes a lot, but would much rather have players who want to be in Atlanta. I hope he understands we are glad he is with Atlanta but if he wants to go, trade him for a first and a couple of later picks and take your chance.

Best of luck and hope things work out. There is quality in this draft!

J Who?

April 23rd, 2012
10:42 am

Grimes is doing the smart thing that anyone in his position would do which is hold out from all non mandatory training. This is his only bargaining chip in trying to get a long term contract which will likely be the most lucrative contract he will see as an NFL player. The Falcons had no reason to franchise anyone else but him and although it’s not the best scenario, paying Grimes top 5 money for 1 year isn’t a bad rental when you know he will have to play top notch to warrant top money in 2013. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Falcons draft Boykins as a replacement for Grimes. Boykins could learn and get up to speed while handling return duties so we could let Grimes go in 2013 and let someone else pay top 5 money for a solid but undersized coverage corner.


April 23rd, 2012
10:51 am

Im a huge Grimes fan and have been for a few seasons. I sure hope his head isnt getting 2 big tho. Being a hardworking underdog have made him a fan favorite, i dont wanna see him holding out cause him to loose fans, and us to have to trade him. I like him alot more than Dunta. We need him, and if he wants to play for a winner… then he needs us 2! If we can sign him to a long term deal worth 7-8 milllion a season do it!


April 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

good lord. you people kill me. in one breath you demand that the falcons trade Grimes because he isn’t worth $10M…yet in the next breath you expect another team to give up a high draft pick AND pay him that same $10M?? obviously logic and/or rational thought doesn’t apply on these boards…


April 23rd, 2012
11:00 am

Dominque Franks is the second best cover guy they have and he will be a star. He’s developed nice since being drafted. If they can find a young guy and he developes like Franks then Grimes or Robinson probably gone after the season. I think Robinson may have the big year everyone has been waiting for him to have. This may be his auditon season.

Judge Smails

April 23rd, 2012
11:15 am

I would much rather have a stud left tackle than an undersized corner. If we could trade him before the draft for a # 1 pick, then we might just get our O-line shored up. If Ryan is going to be successful in 2012, he will need the time to set up and throw.


April 23rd, 2012
11:17 am

Sign the man. Grimes is a great corner, I just hope he stays healthy. Franks is absolutely terrible, no clue how anyone can say that guy has been anything but torched since he got here.

Ron the Man

April 23rd, 2012
11:22 am

Trade him for Asante Samuel from the Eagles. Will solve a problem for them and give us a good experienced Corner we can count on for less than we pay Grimey on the tag.

Bird Since '66

April 23rd, 2012
11:42 am

He’s a Very Good but not Great Corner. Showed a lack of character last year when he sat out a game where we really needed him. All so he wouldn’t get hurt before a contract year. Dump him, get some picks and create cap room.

Joe P

April 23rd, 2012
12:09 pm

A word of advise Brent. You need all the practice you can get because believe it or not you’re not very good.


April 23rd, 2012
12:13 pm

Grimes is a terrible CB. He is lucky that Falcons have no talent in aquiring CBs

Boom Boom

April 23rd, 2012
12:16 pm

Trade him while his stock is high.


April 23rd, 2012
1:06 pm

He aint worth it which is why he has been a year to year guy. If he dont want the 10 mill a year… Goodbye…. I never liked him anyway.


April 23rd, 2012
1:08 pm


How sad it must be to only a daily basis read some of the dumbest comments imaginable. Some of your dummies write “sign the man” while other dummies say “pay the man.”

I guess they don’t understand that the Falcons have an offer sheet in his posession that will pay him $10,000,000.00 for about a 7 month total commitment. That comes out to $1,429,000.00 per month or $333,000.00 per week…all he has to do is sign the offer, show up, and start getting paid immediately a guaranteed $10,000,000.00 to play all or part of about 20 football games.

Bigg Don

April 23rd, 2012
1:08 pm

I liken Grimes to buying the manager’s special at Kroger where you get it real cheap but it’ll spoil pretty soon if you don’t use it. Well, we got him real cheap and he’s spoiling even as we speak. I say ditch that bitch, throw him out before he starts to curdle and the whole team and fans gets sick. (Of this crap.) He’s already had his first injury which he seemed uninterested in making a quick return from (Rumors about him sitting out the Giants game because he didn’t want to get hurt before payday) and he’s going to become a festering pain in the butt. Lance the boil and trade him for picks.

Bigg Don

April 23rd, 2012
1:11 pm

Im also reminded of Jamal Anderson (the 1st) holding out like a pouty bitch and look how that ended. I’m just saying……10 mill will buy some bling and spinners for his ride and some extensions for his old lady and and turning it down…..don’t tempt Lady Karma….don’t you dare…she’s a vindictive thing with a loooooong memory.

Left Coast Dawg

April 23rd, 2012
1:13 pm

@Falcon James – I’m curious how you have been elected to speak on behalf of all the REAL FALCON FANS?? I consider myself one of the biggest Falcon Fans west of the Mississippi and can’t wait for the day that Brent Grimes is no longer wearing a Falcons uniform. It’s easy to say something is so good when compared to others but the whole lot is garbage and not worth comparing. (D.Franks is up-and-coming though)

Chop Buster

April 23rd, 2012
1:48 pm

Bigg Don…that’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a longggg time. Thank God for Humor. LOL!

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April 23rd, 2012
2:28 pm

I have a lot of respect for Grimes. He has played out of his mind over the past two seasons(especially against megatron) but anyone who thinks any team would give up a first round pick for him is crazy. we could possibly get a late 2nd or early 3rd but not a first. personally i would like to see him get a 4 or 5 year deal around 35 to 45 mil.


April 23rd, 2012
2:37 pm

A mid second round pick for Grimes would be a very good deal for the falcons(id take a early 3rd plus 4th)…It would help cap wise and we could get a player that could help this year. I dont think its reasonable as FalconFan said above to expect to get a #1 for BG.
His attitude isnt what the falcons need at this point.

Wee Willie Keeler

April 23rd, 2012
2:40 pm

Just another NFL player with poor character. He belongs in the circus, not on an NFL field.


April 23rd, 2012
2:44 pm

How do we know he is no good. He is a Dimitroff prick. I mean pick. Actually he’s both.