Atlanta Falcons: Safety Chris Hope agrees to terms

Carolina Panthers' DeAngelo Williams, center, runs as he is chased by Tennessee Titans' Chris Hope, left, and Michael Griffin, right, in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Carolina Panthers' DeAngelo Williams, center, runs as he is chased by Tennessee Titans' Chris Hope, left, and Michael Griffin, right, in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The Falcons and veteran safety Chris Hope, a former Pro Bowler, agreed to contract terms on Friday.

Hope, 31, was a third-round draft pick (94th overall) in 2002 by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Florida State product played four seasons with the Steelers before playing the next six seasons with the Titans. He made the Pro Bowl after the 2008 season.

Hope, 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, has 20 career interceptions.

Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan expressed concern about the depth at safety behind starters William Moore and Thomas DeCoud during minicamp.

Hope started 109 of 147 games over his career.

In 2011, Hope played in 10 games with two starts and made 33 tackles with one interception, one pass defense and two fumble recoveries.

He started every game for the Titans from 2008-10.

Over his career Hope has 758 total tackles (552 solo), four sacks, four forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He was a member of the Steelers 2005 Super Bowl title team.

The Falcons made room for Hope by releasing wide receiver Cody Pearcy on Thursday.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Mr. G

June 29th, 2012
5:11 pm

Dled,

Is this a good move or a bad one????

*FIRst!!!!*

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2012
5:14 pm

Mr. G — Congrats. I think it’s a good move to provide veteran depth. He’s been a starter and may have something left in the tank.

SeenThisB4

June 29th, 2012
5:16 pm

Not a great move, that’s for sure, or else the guy wouldn’t be on the street…at the end of June no less…seems more like another camp body for a position of weakness and susceptibility.

1990_Champs_GT

June 29th, 2012
5:18 pm

Hope’s not a bad player, but having another player with a RING in the secondary might get the other guys going.

The secondary has lacked leadership. Samuel and Hope could fill that void.

Laughing out Loud

June 29th, 2012
5:25 pm

At least Chris gives the Falcons some HOPE, Let’s hope for the best and give him a chance.

Pastor Mackdaddy

June 29th, 2012
5:30 pm

is this the same HOPE and change promised by our current President?

mae rose

June 29th, 2012
5:38 pm

This is a great move we need more leadership back there.since Moore plays an aggressive style of football and is prone to injury. What about the rookie we drafted I haven’t heard much about him Mr.Ledbetter how is he coming alone

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2012
5:38 pm

Pastor Mackdaddy — Not the same Hope! This Hope has a Super Bowl ring and played in the Pro Bowl.

Pastor Mackdaddy

June 29th, 2012
5:47 pm

thanks Mr.DLed….i feel so much better now….looking forward to seeing this Hope helping forge the Falcons toward the promised land.

G-man

June 29th, 2012
5:51 pm

Gotta love that the Falcons are trying to improve D. The fact that he last saw the Pro Bowl was 2008 did stand out though.

thouhtful

June 29th, 2012
6:04 pm

I love Nolan is not STANDING PAT and trying to get some juice here. TD has a tendency to do that. But what about that guy Leneold isn’t he a FREE AGENT? The off season FA signings will be the reason the Falcons can go to the SUPER BOWL. I’m hoping TD doesn’t get comfortable and scan the wires real good at last cuts, there will be some players who will send us over the top with what we have.

Jean Claude Killy

June 29th, 2012
6:06 pm

I like the move,, he’s deff on the downside of his career,, but a veteran presence in this backfield cant hurt,, a solid acquisition to sure up a weakness.,,,

D Money

June 29th, 2012
6:25 pm

This isn’t a surprise move but it was a necessary move. Shoring up the back up safety position with a veteran is one of Dimitroff’s tendencies. I like the move. I only expect them to make one more move, a FA tight end. I wouldn’t mind if it were Shiancoe.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2012
6:31 pm

D Money — They had Daniel Graham in for a visit. It came out today that Shiancoe turned down an offer from Seattle.

Chattanooga Chuck

June 29th, 2012
6:31 pm

It seems like a good move. I just hope this doesn’t hurt our chances to accumulate compensatory draft picks for next season. I didn’t see if Hope was released by the Oilers, I mean Titans, or if his contract had expired.

Gumbo

June 29th, 2012
6:40 pm

Maybe DeCoud to the Bench? Be still my trembling heart………

Jimmy Crack

June 29th, 2012
6:47 pm

Getting Visanthe Shiancoe would be great. All Visanthe needs is an accurate QB (and the world’s greatest Tight End to give him a year full of helpful tips) and he can be a Falcon TE for years to come.

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Rod "straight outta Augusta" Johnson

June 29th, 2012
7:22 pm

I like the move and I was hoping we would be able to pull in a guy like Chris Hope. That playoff experience is a great element to add to any defense. I know this may be a little far fetched, but I would like to see Bob Sanders get a tryout. I know he is a walking injury, but based on the works of the Falcons medical staff, I think it could be a win win situation.

A lot of people are giving DeCoud some grief, but I can guarantee you will see a different guy this year. Nolan’s defense will all him to play fast and make plays. I also have good vibes about Baker and Jerry. Some guys just take a couple of years to adjust in this league. I have a feeling, this will be the year we see a lot of bubble guys step up for us.

Greg

June 29th, 2012
7:25 pm

Typical Falcons move: trying to maintain our slightly above average position in the NFL, at as low a cost as possible…whatever the minimum is that will retain fans-in-the-seats and viewers on cable. They’ve made it work for years, because Southern fans are…well, “fans” (that word, of course, is short for “fanatics”). Pretty good businessmen at the helm, I’d say. As for pretty good football people, look elsewhere.

GT GRAD

June 29th, 2012
7:37 pm

Sounds like a great move to me…….welcome to the team Mr. Hope!

Now we really need to sign a no-brainer starting caliber LT………if any are available or become available due to salary cap reasons.

E-Roll

June 29th, 2012
7:54 pm

Hope is a good move but getting Visanthe Shiancoe would be great because this will give the Falcons a tight end for the foreseeable future and it will free up a pick for next years draft. Averaging 46 receptions a year is good enough for the next 3 or 4 years.

darock2454

June 29th, 2012
8:11 pm

This might be the missing piece on the defense that we need to give the team more SWAG. DeCoud can be a backup to Hope and learn how to play the position. Our Secondary just became better with Hope and Samuel.

Firsttimer

June 29th, 2012
8:31 pm

For all of you who worry that Smith will interfere with Nolan, I think here’s your indicator of who is in charge of the D. Nolan said he was concerned about the depth at that position and what happens? For those of you, (like Greg), who will find something negative in anything the Falcons do; let me remind you of a safety by the name of William White. The Falocns picked him up at the start of the 98′ season. No big signing, as a matter of fact, it went unnoticed. William White was a major contributor to that Superbowl year. Seasoned veterans and a mixture of youth is how you build winning teams. Nolan, not Dimitroff, was behind this one. Intelligent move!

Left Coast Dawg

June 29th, 2012
8:49 pm

DLed – any word on the Falcons interest or vice versa in Shiancoe? That would be a HUGE pickup!!

SirReal

June 29th, 2012
8:51 pm

I’m glad that Blank has put a fire under EVERYone. No one is safe. They have to perform from the management, coaches, and players. Blank has skillfully tightened the reigns on his entire organization. :)

jerseyfalcon

June 29th, 2012
8:57 pm

Did ATL give Melvin Bullit a look? They probably picked up Hope because he played for one of the ebst defensive coaches in the league, Fisher. He may be 31 but he can teach both Moore and DeCoud…plus he can play both safety spots.

Jo Clark

June 29th, 2012
9:17 pm

We don’t need anymore depth at TE seeming that the new offensive philosiphy will utilize the 3 and 4 wide sets more; We have plenty of young TEs who block well and we also picked up which seems to be a pretty good pass catching TE in Lamark Brown; by the way D.Led, how did Lamark Brown look in minicamp and OTAs?

SeenThisB4

June 29th, 2012
9:20 pm

Still looking for a missing piece! LOL!

Sterling

June 29th, 2012
9:20 pm

This guy is not here to start our dominate the league. He is simply here for depth. God forbid Will Mo goes down with an injury, Hope would be a good replacement. He also brings vetern leadership to SS for Will Mo and Charles Mitchell

Firsttimer

June 29th, 2012
9:45 pm

Have a feeling Mitchell is going to be a diamond in the rough. Schillinger may be odd man out.

Bullseye

June 29th, 2012
9:56 pm

WOW…Seen this is drooling over the Falcons at this hour of the night.
I think he is ready to jump on our bandwagon.
Please reject!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bojack

June 29th, 2012
10:05 pm

Pastor Macdaddy I hope you are not associated with the men of the real cloth when you throw a negative throw at our president. Evidently you are blind or can’t read. Stop the venom.

SeenThisB4

June 29th, 2012
10:08 pm

@Bullseye: Never. Don’t make me laugh, I was just noting how the more things change, the more they stay the same.

bo joe ellis

June 29th, 2012
10:15 pm

The Falcons have “Change you can believe in” un-like our hope-less Pres.
Bojack it has nothing to do with religion..the truth hurts sometimes.

bo joe ellis

June 29th, 2012
10:20 pm

Very good move by Falcons..The D will be alot better this year.

Jim

June 29th, 2012
11:02 pm

Shann Shillinger is gone now

mark

June 29th, 2012
11:07 pm

good move i like it a lo, some extra expirience to the young guys and i like nolan shapen up his D, i see more blitzes coming

slydog

June 29th, 2012
11:41 pm

chris hope is better than any other safety on the current roster.

Bubba Bean

June 30th, 2012
2:09 am

Slydog, no. He’s not. But its a good pickup of a vet backup.

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yo mama

June 30th, 2012
3:11 am

nfl website says he is 6 ft. tall. I like the pickup as it gives depth, and Hope for a better defensive 11. the defense will improve as Nolan always gets his D to deliver. His offense in SF stunk, but so did his qb and even the next coach(mike S) couldnt win in sf. it took sf going after an offensive mind to fix their problems. this year the offense has to hit their stride, and i gotta feelin the time is right. no one expect the falcons to do well this year. reminds me of 98.

Samuel

June 30th, 2012
8:17 am

Time will tell if this works out. I think the defense will be competitive. The Falcons will go as far as Matt Ryan takes them.

chalkdawg4

June 30th, 2012
8:20 am

Damn let’s get it started. I threw down for 3 lower level season tickets. I’m invested. In the immortal words of Hank, Jr. “Are you ready for some football?”

JSS

June 30th, 2012
8:31 am

Matt “Conestoga Wagon” Ryan… He’s always two centuries behind the curve!

JSS

June 30th, 2012
8:35 am

Well at least they’ve finally admitted that Schillenger and DeCoud aren’t all that! Sad that they sunk all of that long-term money in that DeCoud disaster!

True Falcon Fan

June 30th, 2012
8:40 am

Folks this man HOPE did not make it with the Steelers after his first 4 SEASONS – “That’s 1st flag”, 2nd he IS as injury prone as MOORE, 3rd HOPE is on the small side for a safety/so is DeCoud, 4th at 31 age, on the back 9!!!!! Hey Mike Nolan – this tells me you for sure don’t like what you have – so Thomas it’s in your court now, fire-up the AB’s jet – “FIND THESE COACHES PLAYERS”!!!

Go Falcons!

True Falcon Fan

June 30th, 2012
8:42 am

Oh hello Wonderous, how art thou, hows mom and dim??

Go Falcons

JSS

June 30th, 2012
8:49 am

I get so tired of that ” ‘98 team ” comparison… The ‘98 Falcons were a sleeper, however, there were many calling them that at the time… They had been hot the 2nd half of 97, they’d gone 6-2! They went 22-4 between the halfway point of 97 and kickoff of the Super Bowl appearance!

This team has shown absolutely none of those characteristics!

JSS

June 30th, 2012
8:55 am

@ TFF … Take the sixth letter of the alphabet and then add a hyphen and end with the twenty-first letter of the english alphabet… I have absolutely no time or desire to entertain a two-year old with a keyboard!

True Falcon Fan

June 30th, 2012
10:11 am

If i had a tenth of your brain i would be amzin’ — you hate your life forsure, you’ll fix that issue some day!

But as much as i disagree with you on occasion – you are spot-on with the 8:49 post.

Go Falcons!

True Falcon Fan

June 30th, 2012
10:12 am

Mr Predictable!

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JSS

June 30th, 2012
11:27 am

You have a “tenth,” the problem is you refuse to do the work to get the synapses to fire in order use any matter! Now go to the rest stop mirror, look into it… Now hold up your hand (palm facing you), then take your first finger, flex it downward… Take the third and forth fingers and do the same… Now finish by using your thumb to hold the those three fingers in said position! Merry early Xmas Jerk!

True Falcon Fan

June 30th, 2012
12:31 pm

You are the “Good Buddy” on the radio and the “Rubber Duck” – Wow hello Good Buddy, i’ll meet you mile marker 37 S85 rest stop you sweet Good Buddy, bring that rubber duck…… I’m sure there will somebody to play with that rubber duck with you. For you are the only one that knows how to play with a rubber duck!

Re: your 8:49 am post you are still spot-on

Go Falcons!!!!

True Falcon Fan

June 30th, 2012
12:43 pm

Your problem is your cultural side is so full of hate! You are a very blind minded person! You are no longer the “Wonderous wizard of OZ” you are now the “ZerOstine”! You in time-out for at least today!

JSS maripose salio del closet de dias?

Michael M.

June 30th, 2012
12:47 pm

There was ” Watergate “, then there was ” Spygate “, and now we have ” Bountygate ” ! I have never laughed at the Saints so hard in all my days until this blowed the rockers away ! Especially Thursday night when Breezy was on the late nighter trying to defend those guilty bums.

I know b-4 and hiram the aint will be out to get me now ha ! ha ! but oh well, all is fun these days ! Breezy better take a cut to get that contract signed…they going to need em since the brains of the organization won’t be able to be on the sidelines. Huge difference !

Stay in the shade and drink lots of water…………” Its boiling here in the Mountains ” !

mister hankey

June 30th, 2012
1:01 pm

Highdy Hoo! It sho is cool down here in the sewers where the Falcons get their FA’s. Have no idea who Chris Hope is. Doesn’t appear related to Bob, however. Different shaped noses. That being said, only 6 more weeks till it’s DOME time! I’ve got to get in proper tailgating shape so I will stop early and go drinking for now.

P.S. I wonder if Isaiah is still a cro-WELL or is he back to Crowell now that he’s future holds little more than a mop bucket or a riding lawn mower working as a maintenance man for some shappy apartment complex in Columbus. No drug tests there, LOSER!

SeenThisB4

June 30th, 2012
1:12 pm

@Michael M.: I’ll make fun of you, when your team goes 0 & 2 versus the current defending Division Champs!

Michael M.

June 30th, 2012
1:18 pm

I think the Atlanta Falcons will have more to say about that 0-2 crap from last year this Season so I’ll be looking for ya now…….you hear

falconeddy

June 30th, 2012
1:41 pm

Chris is from my home town and a real class act. He’s a great, hard working guy. Very smart and generous in our community. The Falcons certainly have no fear this guy will be a problem off the field. At 31 Chris’ best years are probably behind him, but the guys can still play. He should provide a wealth of knowledge for Moore and Decoud and provide quality depth. I don’t think Nolan is counting on Hope as a starter and should get everything and more out of Chris that he expects. Hopefully we get Chris that second Super Bowl ring.

johnm

June 30th, 2012
2:02 pm

wtf is wrong with you people? Get a life seenthisb4; and gumbo I hope to god they keep decoud on the feild hes a great player, you just fall in line with what you hear others saying how about actually watching a game!

SeenThisB4

June 30th, 2012
3:35 pm

@Michael M.: Same thing you said last year. You’re a lot of talk, no substance, just like your team.

torgo

June 30th, 2012
3:39 pm

A few surprisingly negative comments about the signing. He’s not here to replace William Moore or Thomas Decoud. He’s here as a #3 in case a starter gets banged up. And along those lines, there is zero doubt that he’s an upgrade over Shann Schillinger.

The Falcons do have a few interesting prospects in the pipeline, such as our new draft pick Charles Mitchell, returning practice squad player Suaesi Tuimaunei, long shot undrafted free agent Chad Faulcon, or playing CB prospect Darrin Walls or LB prospect Matt Hansen at safety. But all of these guys would need another year before they’re ready for action in the secondary. Signing Hope now buys the team some time to develop the prospects.

Keith

June 30th, 2012
5:34 pm

sooo was this part of the reason they released Cod Pearcy, when they picked him up they listed him as the KR and the sudden release kinda surprised me. or was there another reason?

Falcon James

June 30th, 2012
8:37 pm

I think this guy is cannon fodder. He will never see a down in the regular season.

JSS

June 30th, 2012
9:11 pm

“Radio?” Man, the two-year old must be watching ‘BJ and the Bear’ on the Betamax again? You’re such a jerk… Buy Rosetta Stone, that Google Translate is going to get strung up somewhere in Cham-bodia!

JSS

June 30th, 2012
9:16 pm

“you are now the “ZerOstine” Dang, blind squirrel found a nut! He actually came with a new way to describe Matt Ryan’s playoff travails!!!

Disgusted

July 1st, 2012
12:09 am

This is not a bad depth sign, another veteran with a ring who might have something left.

You have Hope and Samuel in this secondary, Hope can find a role with this team and its not going to kill the cap.

You never have too many players in camp.

falcon

July 1st, 2012
6:00 am

I like the move. Upgrades our depth at S.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 1st, 2012
1:13 pm

Falcons James — A former Pro Bowler as cannon fodder. If someone slips, he can win a spot.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 1st, 2012
1:14 pm

Keith – I’ve got to make some calls on what happened to Pearcy. I’d imagine they told him to stay ready in case a spot opens back up. But the need at backup safety was more pressing.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 1st, 2012
1:18 pm

torgo — Good points. Mitchell should be ready next year after a season of special teams. Other guys are long shots.

FAlcons24

July 1st, 2012
11:10 pm

SeenThisB4, you are the only COMPLETE IDIOT I think I have encountered. Go back to New Orleans and splash some hot gumbo in your face. You get under my skin.

FalconJim

July 1st, 2012
11:55 pm

Wonder what kind o’ money we paid him, DLed., and for how long???

It may work out alright, though….we’ll see. At least he’s got a “ring”, and maybe he’ll flash it around some, and make some mouths water to have one…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 2nd, 2012
9:14 am

FalconJim — Most likely vet minimum. I’ll have it when his contract is filed.

jbarnett

July 2nd, 2012
10:48 am

The addition of Hope is a good move. He was an academic All-American and his teammates say he’s like a coach on the field. Plus, he’s straight as a string.

Jimbo

July 3rd, 2012
2:32 pm

Torgo, is this your new hang out? Followed you religiously on another site and noticed you are no longer there. If this is not where I can expect to see more of your brilliant insights, then where can I go to see them?

MDRnTN

July 4th, 2012
9:29 am

(TrueFalcon nailed it w/ his assessmt) Hope has great football skills-athleticism but never had the speed to catchup if he missed a step or misread a route.. Multiple injuries since 09, He’s lost more than a step since 2010 and now runs like he’s 40. As a Titans fan I’ve seen it repeatedly, One good juke and he get’s burned for TD often had me wondering why staff kept him in a lot of games. Best of luck CH & Falcons but I think by week 8 fans will realize the reality he is toast, Hopefully I am wrong. FYI:If your Coach doesn’t make as many bonehead calls this yr ya’ll might just be SB material. Not sure who is worse Nolan(Nowin) or Del Rio

MDRnTN

July 4th, 2012
9:53 am

(TrueFalcon nailed it w/ his assessmt) Hope has great football skills-athleticism but never the speed to catchup if he missed a step or misread a route. Steelers saw that & cut ties. Multiple injuries since 09, He’s lost more than a step since 010 and now runs like he’s 40. As a Titans fan I’ve seen it repeatedly, One good juke and he get’s burned for TD… often left me wondering why staff kept him in a lot of games(desperation??). Best of luck CH & Falcons!.. I think by week 8 fans will come 2 reality-
Hope’s Toast…HOPEfully I am wrong…. FYI: If your Coach doesn’t make as many bonehead calls this year ya’ll might just be SB material. ….Not sure who is worse Nolan (NoWIN) or Duh Rio