Blalock’s deal re-worked to fit in Samuel

Justin Blalock (left) and Tyson Clabo help Ryan to his feet after a hit against Tampa Bay back in 2008. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Justin Blalock (left) and Tyson Clabo help Ryan to his feet after a hit against Tampa Bay back in 2008. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH — In order to free up some salary cap space to fit in Asante Samuel’s three-year, $18.5 million contract, the Falcons restructured offensive guard Justin Blalock’s contract.

Blalock was a free agent last season and signed a six-year, $38 million contract. Before the restructure, Blalock’s cap number was $5.3 million for 2012. It is now $3.86 million. The Falcons likely shifted some option bonuses around in order to create a more cap-friendly deal that allowed them to pursue Samuel.

Before Samuel’s deal and subsequent restructure of Blalock’s contract, the Falcons were $2.6 million under the cap.  

Earlier this offseason, the Falcons restructured cornerback Dunta Robinson’s contract, to provide the team with an additonal $1.55 million in salary cap space in 2012, according to contract documents and Robinson’s representatives.

On Jan. 25, Robinson’s cap value number for 2012 was $7.55 million. His current cap value number for next season is $6 million.

Robinson passed on a $3 million option bonus in favor of having $5 million in base salary guaranteed this year and another $3 million guaranteed next year.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Innocent Bystander

April 26th, 2012
9:52 am

Much respect to a team player.

JP

April 26th, 2012
9:53 am

Time for Ovie to restructure his deal as well.

just sayin'

April 26th, 2012
10:03 am

and the current qb?…any word on his restructuring his contract?…lol

hoop235

April 26th, 2012
10:04 am

Kudos to TD & Rich McKay for getting this deal done with Asante and the team salary cap.

Thanks DLed for all of you hard work during this draft!!

Big Crimson 75

April 26th, 2012
10:09 am

Nothing for Nothing but don’t you think our Team First QB might consider re-structuring his Salary?

Roaddawg80

April 26th, 2012
10:12 am

I think the QB is sacrificing enough when he is on his back every play. He puts his body on the line every snap! Give the guy a break.

Eastside

April 26th, 2012
10:18 am

Why want Matty Ice or Matty melt down restructure his contract to save money and free up cap space for other free agent shopping

Sly Ty

April 26th, 2012
10:22 am

The restructure needs to come from the fullback position. We all love Ovie, but 3.5 million for a fullback is not feasible. Whatever TD decides is fine with me. Again, I was one of those dumb guys screaming for Glenn Dorsey. The Dorsey thing taught me that I don’t know as much as these guys, so I leave it all up to the experts.

1eyedJack

April 26th, 2012
10:26 am

Everybody has got to put something in the kitty.

Sly Ty

April 26th, 2012
10:27 am

Mike Turner is a great running back, with terrible receiving skills out of the backfield. Leave Matt Ryan alone, and check with Turner, whom I love as a runner, who is really old as a running back but still very effective as a runner.

Sly Ty

April 26th, 2012
10:34 am

1eyedJack, be careful my friend, you are starting to sound like one of Gregg Williams bounty members. DLED may have to suspend for 1 year, or 8 games.

hawesg

April 26th, 2012
10:37 am

I would guess that Dimitroff has a number of restructured deals hidden away for when he needs them. Why show that you have money to spend?

Birdman of Falcatraz

April 26th, 2012
10:40 am

I have one more move we need to make. Send that 3rd rounder to the Giants for Osi. He is making 3.5m this year, same as Ovie. Sorry Ovie you are one of the good guys but all is fair in football and war.
Osi + Samuel + a decent OT prospect in the 2nd round make this offseason a smashing success and does not hamstring us with bad payroll.

SeenThisBFalcon

April 26th, 2012
10:43 am

Ya my guess is the Falcons aren’t going to need to restructure anyone elses contract because we aren’t going after anyone else this free agency…..I think were good as we are…..time to RISE UP!!!!!!!

Nique

April 26th, 2012
10:44 am

I’m glad Justin’s a team player, we need of few of other players to be willing to do the same Ovie & a few of our stars, Matt & Mike T if it comes down to it & we need it to oick up on last FA, be it a DE, NT, or LT! But I’m glad that we’ve got team players, unlike some others who don’t seem to nudge for the sake of the team concerning their $ demands…putting us in tough circumstances, we know who I’m referring to. Any chance we ship Owens to create cap room, our do we really carry 5 quality cb’s into the season?

Birdman of Falcatraz

April 26th, 2012
10:47 am

Owens is considered a quality corner? Not taking shots but seriously he personally is responsible for half the points the Packers scored in the playoffs. He is a special teams ace, and should be looked at for punt returner and kickoff returner to replace Weems, but not a long term solution for corner.

SeenThisBFalcon

April 26th, 2012
10:49 am

we cant afford Osi..would be nice though….

BigDawg

April 26th, 2012
10:51 am

The front office definitely knows how to get deals done, good job!

Birdman of Falcatraz

April 26th, 2012
10:58 am

We couldnt afford Asante two days ago. Osi is more affordable than you might think if you cull the fat from this roster.

SeenThisBFalcon

April 26th, 2012
11:00 am

Why don’t they get rid of Peria Jerry and restructure Bakers contract that would help some

SeenThisBFalcon

April 26th, 2012
11:00 am

Maybe a short term deal but not long-term…

SeenThisBFalcon

April 26th, 2012
11:02 am

they should have kept harvey dahl and let blalock go last year…

Birdman of Falcatraz

April 26th, 2012
11:05 am

I think it depends on how long they really expect Abe. How much of his contract is guaranteed? I dont see Abe sticking around for 3 years. Osi must know he gets 3 years max from anyone also. It would take dropping someone for sure, but Dtroffs move for Julio says he knows the window to win can close quickly. Next year you dont have Turner, Gonzalez, and maybe more. You have a 2-3 year window with this core, unless you believe Ryan can win with interchangeable toys around him. I dont see us even trying for Osi, but going after a 31 year old corner tells me that we are targeting this year and next, after that who knows what this roster will look like.

Marcus

April 26th, 2012
11:10 am

SeenThisBF,
I feel you on Osi … was thinking the same thing when I just checked ESPN.com … but he wants an extension and probably his last big contract …. no happs on a trade to ATL. TD and krew must be doing some voodoo over the books now to squeeze in Asante + draft picks.

Birdman of Falcatraz

April 26th, 2012
11:12 am

I just hope our inability to sack the qb isnt our achiles heel again this year. At some point you gotta fix that problem, and Ray Edwards may or may not be a key contributor. If we dont win a playoff game this year, there will be no excuses about coaches and scheme to be used, it will come down to the roster.

SirReal

April 26th, 2012
11:16 am

Good move. Now it’s time for Spam Baker and Peria Jelly to restructure theirs.lol I wouldnt be surprised if Turner and/or Mughelli get a tap on the shoulder next.lol

Hamsnacker

April 26th, 2012
11:17 am

Who are the Falcons targeting in the draft DOL ? What positions ? OL,DE,TE,S ???

JSS

April 26th, 2012
11:18 am

You can only restructure contracts for so long under the hard cap… Sooner or later you are going to have to pull a 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers and do a salary purge. Restructuring (entire team salaries structure) is coming, sooner would be better than later… Hey, just keep kicking the can down the road…

Nutgrabber X

April 26th, 2012
11:18 am

DOL, who are the Falcons targeting the draft tonight ? DE,OL,TE,LB,S ???

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CaliDirtyBird

April 26th, 2012
11:28 am

Was Asante Samuels slated to be one of the top five paid DBs this year? Does restructuring his contract effect (lower) Grimes pay under the franchise tag?

DawgFan

April 26th, 2012
11:30 am

SlyTy @10:22 – I was with you on the Dorsey thing. I though the Falcons would’ve gone after him, and then gone after Brian Brohm, seeing as we had Petrino then and Brohm was a decently rated Louisville QB. Wrong on all counts.

Birdman of Falcatraz

April 26th, 2012
11:30 am

I beleive that once the tag was signed the salary wont change for Grimes.

Birdman of Falcatraz

April 26th, 2012
11:34 am

DawgFan, we didnt have Petrino when we selected Matt Ryan over Glenn Dorsey. That was TD’s first draft with SMitty. The real hero of that draft might have been Les Snead, the new Rams GM. I sat next to him in the Louisville airport waiting on a flight to Atlanta. He was there for someone’s pro day, along with a slew of Bengals coaches/staff. I slid close enough to hear his phone conversation where he was obviously talking about Ryan when he said ” he reminds me most of Troy Aikman at this point”, same demeanor and potential. Lets hope he ultimately was correct.

And the "morale" of this story is.....

April 26th, 2012
11:44 am

life long bird

April 26th, 2012
11:47 am

TD has nothing to do with re-structuring deals. We have the greatest money mind in the league with Rich McKay. Why do you think Blank pays him millions a year to stay on board. When these guys re-structure they generally don’t lose money on the deal, they just move it around. If McKay wants Ovie or Ryan to re-structure I am sure they would. No need to bag on the player becuase he has not been asked to change anything.

G Money

April 26th, 2012
12:15 pm

Ovie, do the right thing. We need you and you need us!

Northern Bird

April 26th, 2012
12:35 pm

good job boys – i love this move.
Blalock, Dunta – good on you for playing ball and restructuring. I know you get the same amount just moved around, but still apreciate the team concept.

Sid

April 26th, 2012
12:45 pm

Team ball goes to Dunta and Blalock!

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Gradyn

April 26th, 2012
1:20 pm

How about….

Trade Roddy White and pick #55 (and Blank’s yacht) to the Vikings for #3 pick – Draft Trent Richardson who can do it all.
Trade Michael Turner to anybody for a 2-4 round pick – Draft a young fast receiver

Decatur Falcon

April 26th, 2012
2:04 pm

Dled- Great coverage of this story from the very start of it— You had the inside scoop- and I am really glad you were right !

SawThat1nce

April 26th, 2012
3:24 pm

Saw some people calling for Ryan to re-do his contract.
If I was Ryan and I was willing to do the restructure, the management would have to guarantee that they would only use that money, to get some stud OLinemen.

jack in the box

April 26th, 2012
3:55 pm

Matt Ryan is in the last year of his deal, can’t be restructured.

Darrell

April 26th, 2012
4:12 pm

Ok, Coach Smith it’s on you, now.

Paddy

April 26th, 2012
4:22 pm

Gradyn……draft a fast wr?? Don’t think that is part of TD’s plan. Linemen, lineman and TE!!!!!!

shesoleo

April 26th, 2012
5:12 pm

I think this trade was amazing!!!!!! we go from not signing anyone to hitting the JACKPOT with Samuel,and I don’t want to hear that he’s old, or can’t tackle, I can’t remember not once when we played Philly he was a liability. Great work TD!!!!!!!! just let the haters hate and you keep working your magic. I’m absolutely loving it.

Dannymight

April 26th, 2012
5:36 pm

Blalock may not have even known his contract was being “restructured.” I think it was a shuffling of numbers that meant nothing to anyone except on paper.

bjohndawg

April 26th, 2012
5:51 pm

Ovie contract needs to be restructured. Period.
Too much for a fullback. Period.
Sam Baker….you playing this year, or a swinging gate on the line, or dressing out in jeans on the sidelines?