Just a quick new thread before the “Changes to Falcons Defense” is finished. Rate your Falcons soon-to-be free agents on importance of re-signing.
According to reports, it appears the Falcons are intent on keeping. If Dimitroff and Co. can find a way to keep Grimes to a reasonable but fair deal, some of the other needed free agents, and fixing the OL, it would be a coup.
The big debate centers on Lofton and how much to pay. He may still need some work on coverage, but he’s a known commodity and someone to build around. Hard to imagine him getting Patrick Willis money in Atlanta, though.
This ones a no-brainer. There’s no one proven after him, he’s shown he can play, he can take over for Roddy White down the road, and he solidifies the offensive arsenal for years.
He is extremely versatile and if he could make a permanent move to fullback, the Falcons could keep yet another weapon. He’s also insurance for an aging Turner.
He may not have been spectacular of late, but based on his 2009 season, he deserves another shot under a legit defensive coordinator and should be signed for a pretty reasonable price. He did fight off James Sanders for the starting position last year.
The ultimate insurance player for the Falcons. He gives solid depth and can play both safety positions. May even win the battle to start free safety. Excellent insurance for an oft-injured William Moore and has quality experience from his New England days.
With the expected exit of John Abraham, this is a good move for insurance, excellent rotational play, and maybe even Nolan can use Biermann in 3-4 looks as an outside, rush linebacker. Like DeCoud, it should be a pretty reasonable price.
After here, it won’t be the end of the world if these players don’t come back.
Yes, he’s been a great Falcon and been the only pass rush for the Falcons the last 5+ years, but he’s evidently also asking for an absolutely insane contract (reportedly around $12 million). Abraham had 9.5 sacks last year with 4.5 of them coming against the Jaguars and Bucs. He also has battled injuries, already had his snap count cut way down, and will be 34 next year.
Assuming that Harry Douglas is re-upped, this one is fairly inconsequential. He was excellent as a returner and special teams player in 2010, not so much in 2011, and made over a million dollars. He’s never been a part of the passing game. It would be nice to get him back, but no way overpay.
He’s been a great long-snapper and this one probably will get done as well considering it can’t be that much, but it’s hard to also imagine it being really difficult to find a good long-snapper.
Sure, if he wants to come back and compete for his old job at a low cost, than fine. But it’s also time to get ready to start re-building this offensive line and bringing McClure back would just put that off for another year. Will be 35 this year and battled injuries all season in 2011.
If for some reason Brent Grimes does head out of town, than Kelvin Hayden would be an excellent re-sign for insurance purposes and could be a big value if he could ever stay healthy. If Grimes does come back, Hayden is surely not needed.
Just like Hayden and Weems, it makes a ton of sense to bring him back if other big time free agents leave. So if Lofton does opt for the max contract, than bringing him back would add veteran leadership and insurance, but if Lofton comes back, its simply time to move on and develop the young guys.
Redman will probably be back out of the pure fact that the Falcons have done a pretty poor job of developing any other QB not named Matt Ryan. That likelihood is also increased since the Falcons don’t have many draft picks in April, but anything close to what he made the last several years, forget about it.