What’s Your Thoughts on Brent Grimes Franchise Tag?

Falcons Franchise Tag Brent Grimes

Grimes Tagged (AJC)

Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons have placed the franchise tag on CB Brent Grimes, deciding to pay him at least a one year salary of $10.6 million, the average of the top 5 cornerbacks in the NFL.It should be said that the Falcons still have until July 16th to sign Grimes to another deal, which would then remove the franchise tag and thus take away the $10.6 million dollar salary.

The player shouldn’t be up for any dispute whatsoever. Grimes is the Falcons best cornerback, which isn’t the hardest thing to accomplish. Still, Grimes is an excellent cornerback with superior athletic ability and heart. Much of this debate really has nothing to do with Grimes and all to do with the huge contract paid to Dunta Robinson a few years ago. A look at all angles and scenarios involved, pick which you like………..

Brent Grimes Really Is Worth It

Pro Football Focus ranked as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and he surely has made some amazing plays for the Falcons. Most think of him as a shutdown cornerback, regardless of his stature. He almost single-handedly shut down one of the best receivers in the NFL guarding Calvin Johnson and the Falcons had considerable issues when he wasn’t in the lineup. Grimes will be paid as one of the top 5 cornerbacks in the league either until the Dimitroff & Co. can work out a long-term deal or find how they are going to replace him. Grimes will be paid alongside Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey, and Jonathan Joseph.

Dimitroff is Playing Hardball

The Falcons general manager may have felt he had no option as the deadline for placing the franchise tag on players was rapidly approaching on March 5th. They reportedly had been in serious negotiations with Grimes and his agent to lock him up long-term, but obviously he felt that negotiations were at a standstill.

Superior Athletic Talent (AJC)

Instead of risking losing Grimes outright with no compensation or ability to match another teams offer, Dimitroff played the power hand he had. Despite the heavy cost, placing the tag on Grimes is a win for Dimitroff across the board. At minimum, he gets Grimes for another year while he finds a replacement. At maximum, he locks Grimes up to a long-term deal. Finally, if a team deems Grimes worthy of a 1st round pick, than he would happily get back into the first round in 2012.

Dimitroff Is Hedging His Bets and Buying Time

The Birds GM made a pretty shrewd move because it allows him several options concerning Grimes and the cornerback position. First, it gives him until July 16th to work out a long-term deal with Grimes if in fact that is his ultimate goal. That would allow him to make moves in free agency and complete the draft all with the assurance of having a Pro Bowl caliber cornerback in tow.

Second, if Dimitroff has other plans at cornerback going forward, it allows him a full year to scout prospects and potential free agents for next year’s draft and also giving a chance to see if Dominique Franks or Darrin Walls truly can be Grimes replacement under Mike Nolan’s scheme.

The Falcons GM is Ready to Fix the Dunta Robinson Mistake

If Falcons fans, and probably Thomas Dimitroff, could simply swap Brent Grimes for Dunta Robinson and his salary, it would be a no-brainer. The Falcons are on the hook for Robinson for this year at $7.75 million. After this year, the Falcons will no longer owe Robinson anymore guaranteed money. So, perhaps Dimitroff is giving himself another year to see if Robinson can turn the corner in a new scheme and if he can’t, he can replace Robinson with Grimes in 2013.

Grimes PR Issues

Will Grimes Be in Red and Black in '12? (AJC)

It’s a given that the vast majority of Americans are very sympathetic to Grimes and his agent refusing to sign a one year offer for $10.6 million dollars. Who can be expected to survive on that? After being franchise tagged, Grimes agent immediately comes out and says that they will not sign the tag. It’s understandable that Grimes and his agent want a long-term deal, but saying that you will refuse to play for the team that allowed your success, is willing to pay you as a top 5 player at your position (one of the higher paid positions in the NFL), and is likely trying to sign you to a multi-year deal comes off as completely detached from reality, bitter, and somewhat childish.

If this were the first instance of Grimes having reported issues, than this wouldn’t be a big deal whatsoever. But this pre-season his wife came out and lambasted many in the Falcons organization and many in the local media for reporting facts. The following is a description of the incident last August from John Manasso of Fox Sports South…..

Around noon, his wife Miko Grimes (@iHeartMiko) took to Twitter to go on the attack. In profane terms, she attacked Ledbetter’s anatomy, dress style and many other aspects of his life. Ledbetter’s Twitter address is @ajcfalcons.

One of her Tweets read, “and @ajcfalcons knows EXACTLY who i am too and u better run fat boy! And dont try speaking to my son anymore! He dont (expletive) with u either!”

She explained her motivation thusly: “Im very passionate about my man yall so please forgive me for lettin him have it via twitter. But nobody (expletive) on my boo & gets away with it”

Then there were the rumors (completely unsubstantiated) that Grimes held himself out of the playoff game against New York because he didn’t want to risk further injury and himself a big payday in free agency. There’s no single issue that is downright awful, but the sum total of all the issues have left a bitter taste towards Grimes for some. Of course, if he comes back and plays as he’s always done, all will be forgiven and forgotten. Much of the hysteria comes with there being nothing to talk about so everything is magnified in the off-season.

Dimitroff Just Isn’t as Good as Advertised

He got off to a fantastic start with the selection of Matt Ryan, Curtis Lofton, and Harry Douglas in his first draft and hit a homerun with Michael Turner in free agency. He’s definitely done an excellent job of fielding a competitive and playoff-bound team from the ashes of the Mora-Petrino-Vick Debacles, but has he gotten too much of a pass? Some fans certainly think so.

Will He Sign? (AJC)

He’s missed on two of his first round draft picks Sam Baker and Peria Jerry. He’s missed on two of his biggest free agent acquisitions Dunta Robinson and Ray Edwards. He mortgaged the future for a wide receiver when clearly the team was not “one player away.” Franchise tagging Brent Grimes is just another in a list of reactive moves trying to make up for previous errors. Now, obviously a lot of this is just playing devil’s advocate and the majority of fans think Dimitroff is doing a great job, but if Grimes, players, and coaches are subject to criticism, than so is the GM that has developed the team that has made the playoffs 3 out of 4 years, but also face-planted all three times.

Good or Bad Move?

If the price tag stands, than the Falcons just cut their $30 million dollars in cap space by a third with one player. They likely still want to re-sign Curtis Lofton and Harry Douglas and plethora of other free agents, such as Thomas DeCoud, James Sanders, Kroy Biermann, and Jason Snelling among many others. They need to infuse talent in the OL, a pass rush, remake their running attack, safety issues, and several other areas to address.

They did, however, just make sure that they will have Brent Grimes at one of the cornerback positions, who is considered by many to be one of the best players at his position.

Your Turn to Take a Side (or several) on Franchise Tagging Brent Grimes

594 comments Add your comment

PoolerSpirit

March 3rd, 2012
5:09 pm

Fingers crossed that it’s a good move… afraid we’ve just blown $10+ million… worried he won’t be quite the athlete he used to be coming back from the injury… that and his age… and he’s still short… what if he’s slower and can’t jump as high now? Should’ve held onto that money, let him walk and spend the bucks on trench warfare…

falcon21

March 3rd, 2012
5:15 pm

Bad move, Grimes is not worth 10+ mil. We have too many other needs. The team needs to be fixed starting with the lines. The little man is good but not 10 mil good.

waynester

March 3rd, 2012
5:24 pm

Honestly, I’m hoping some other GM has fallen in Luv with Grimes and pulls the trigger. Change of system, change of players. Decoud, too. Pick up a CB and S in the draft and give Walls and Franks someone to compete with. Force Dunta to step up into a leadership role and keep an eye out toward replacing him too if not satisfied with the results. DBs Coach Danna did OK in Miami under Nolan but other than a stint as an assistant here in ATL has a short resume–i.e.–we have no idea what our back end is going to look like in 2012 under his guidance. We can’t have players with egos too big to take coaching and I’m wondering if that’s what we have in Grimes and Dunta–we’ll find out for sure real soon….

Paddy O

March 3rd, 2012
5:34 pm

D3- that Grimes for Dunta switch, assuming GRimes plays well under Nolan, is my underlying thought. I would even send Dunta a subtle message by having him try playing S for a bit. It is possible Dunta will be much more effective in bump & run, but he looked awfully slow and made DeCoud look like an geometry expert, while chasing receivers. However, the more we invest in our FA’s, the less likely we are to sign a LT guy. I am not too comfortable going into 2012 with either Svitek or Baker as our LT. I suppose the new blocking scheme could provide some relief for our beleagured LT situation/tandem (although Svitek played fairly well).

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Little Richardd

March 3rd, 2012
5:36 pm

I am certainly not a “franchise tag Grimes” fan. $10 mil for that type of corner is just too much money. However with that said, hopefully there is a plan and maybe Nolan can see something that all of us could not see in our sorry pass coverage guys last year. I mean Dunta/Grimes tandem got plastered on third and long way too much last year for us to pay the guys $18 mil next year.

Little Richardd

March 3rd, 2012
5:40 pm

With NO putting the tag on Brees we need to save some for a run at Nicks. Now that would definitely fix a few issues.

JB FALCON

March 3rd, 2012
5:57 pm

I don’t think Grimes is worth $10 mil, if he’s healthy, and hope, if he plays, he can prove me wrong before we even think about a long term contract. I think the tag was a good move on TD’s part since, hopefully, he learned his lesson about long, expensive, contracts with the DR mistake. The fact that the FO is even willing to pay him that for one year says, to me, that they are pretty happy with the rest of the team since it takes a chunk out of our expendable dollars.
Can’t help but look at the other option of letting him walk and letting Franks, Owens and Walls take over. The backfield job would surely be easier if we spent the Grimes money on a Nicks or Williams.

Little Richardd

March 3rd, 2012
6:03 pm

Based on us spending that type of money for the same players that got torched from the better teams in the playoffs maybe we should be paying Nolan $10 mil a year because he certainly will have his work cut out for him with the same group. What’s really going to change but the concept of our defense? And how is that going to make Dunta/Grimes better? Too many if’s for that type of money.

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Tell it like it is

March 3rd, 2012
6:40 pm

i am with you JBFalcon.I don’t think Grimes is worth 10mil,save that money to build the lines.

Big Ray

March 3rd, 2012
7:18 pm

I have several thoughts on this. My first is that I’m not prepared to totally judge this situation until the outcome is decided.

Why are we acting like we just blew $10 + million when the man won’t even sign the tag contract? Hate to tell you this, but the money is still there until he signs it. Pay close attention to what his agent said – they’re going to explore all appropriate options. Let’s not cry about milk that isn’t yet spilt.

Secondly, I don’t think Dimitroff is doing any ONE thing with this move. I think he’s keeping several options open. Here are a few ideas, though they’re only speculation, and they mirror what D3 has already said:

1) Why not see which of two high-priced (at least potentially) CBs are capable of doing under your brand spankin’ new DC? I would just about be willing to bet real money (something I never do) that we are just not going to keep both Dunta and Brent. You just don’t sink that much money into your secondary unless you already have a beast of a defensive line (or at least a rock solid one) and you are sure both high priced CBs are going to play at Pro Bowl level for at least a couple years.

Given that the Falcons have been pretty responsible from a fiscal standpoint under Dimitroff, I can’t see it happening. I also think that one CB is going to show himself as more effective than the other under Nolan’s system. We shall see which one it is, if both Robinson and Grimes stay for 2012.

2) As D3 said, why let Grimes walk for nothing when you could potentially get something for him? His value is high, if you can get that 1st round pick by slapping him with the tag, then great. That will stop some of the bellyaching about draft picks and the Julio trade, and really help the team in the process. I really hadn’t thought about this before, and in this light, franchising Grimes DOES make sense as he has the most value of any of our free agents right now, other than maybe Lofton. But teams aren’t looking as hard for LBs as they are CBs in this passing league right now.

I totally forgot that you can get a 1st round draft pick for a guy who you have franchised. This is called good asset management, if you ask me. Especially since negotiations with Lofton are reportedly going well….

What if that ESPN insider report about the Vikings having Grimes as a top FA target, are true? We could be looking at getting a 1st round pick THIS year, instead of waiting for the 2013 draft.

3) The Falcons have a lot of work to do, and I don’t think they are going to get it all done in this one offseason. I think it’s unrealistic to expect otherwise. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be expected to have a good season and win at least one playoff game. What it does mean is a successful SB run is probably not realistic. But hell, what do I know? You gotta shoot for the stars. Just doesn’t guarantee you’ll go that far.

That said, sometimes you have to put things on the back burner for a minute. The Falcons still have leverage. Let’s say Grimes holds out. So? Guess who will be getting reps in Nolan’s system during the offseason and preseason? Franks, Owens, Walls, and any other additions, be they draft picks or FAs (Hayden or somebody else).

Guess who won’t be getting reps in the new defensive system? Grimes.

Then let’s say Grimes does sign at some point. Do you think a guy unfamiliar with the system gets to be an incumbent starter? Or is it going to be the guys who performed best in camp, under Nolan’s system? Can’t afford to play favorites and incumbents in a “win or be fired” year. Grimey can hold out for as long as he wants. There’s a handful of guys waiting to take his job, and that’s a damn fact.

Remember…..”no sacred cows.”

Yeah, you might see Dimitroff talking about how they want Grimes and all that. But you better believe that anything Dimitroff says before it happens is what he wants you, me, and the media to hear (along with other teams). It’s not lies, it’s due dilligence. The man isn’t going to say to us – “hey, if he’ll accept the offer we make, then he can come back. Otherwise he can kick rocks, Franks now has playoff experience and is ready to go.”

The Falcons also say they’d like to have Abraham back. But you don’t see him anywhere near signing a contract or even mulling an offer, do you?

Also keep in mind that Dimitroff and Co are most likely VERY well aware of other teams’ interest in our FAs.

Personally, I think Dimitroff was/is covering several bases at once with this one move. But we can’t see the whole picture. Very rarely is it as simple as we think.

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Big Ray

March 3rd, 2012
7:26 pm

I’ll say it one more time in case it gets missed:

You can’t get paid until you sign the contract. So if Grimes wants to hold out, it will cost us ZERO DOLLARS.

And guess what? There’s a lot more depth and potential depth behind Grimes than there is behind Lofton. You can bet we will be getting another CB via FA or the draft, probably 2 or 3 of them…and none will be expensive.

And did it ever occur to anybody that Dimitroff and Co knew Grimes would have nothing to do with that franchise tag even before they slapped it on him?

Clearly they are not worried about the $10+ million if he DOES sign that tag contract, and clearly they are not worried about the roster situation if he DOESN’T.

I don’t think the Falcons FO is bluffing at all. I think they are totally prepared to play either hand, and have the cards to do it. Remember, this is not a new topic with Grimes. Didn’t we have a similar conversation with the dude LAST YEAR? Didn’t he sign a one year tender then ? They know who they’re dealing with. I think Grimes has zero leverage here.

JB FALCON

March 3rd, 2012
7:52 pm

Big Ray, the voice of reasoning. For a while there I thought you had got blown away!

Ken Strickland

March 3rd, 2012
8:26 pm

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Ken Strickland

March 3rd, 2012
8:34 pm

BIG RAY-There’s one more thing to consider in your excellent post. If Grimes holds out, and just one of our younger CBs ends up having a solid camp, his value will be greatly reduced. Once teams realize the Hawks aren’t desperate for his services, they won’t feel the need to offer him more money to get him away from the Hawks.

falCANS

March 3rd, 2012
8:35 pm

great article ive been saying since that detroit game grimes is officially shut down!!!! Matter fact I made that exact point in the last blog

falCANS

March 3rd, 2012
8:49 pm

its obvious you all dont watch EVERY GAME as I do. really theres no debate Grimes is a top 3 corner and a game changer. AND A FALCON LIFER!!(loyalty). D robinson will boff the books next year so stop the cb tandem talk!!!

JB FALCON

March 3rd, 2012
8:51 pm

Ken, come again? Little 5′8″ Grimes plays for the Hawks? :) I knew what you meant, just kiddin’. Big Ray, in fact, did offer the most interesting post of this blog so far.

waynester

March 3rd, 2012
9:11 pm

The Grimes franchising is costing us just less than the Cards are paying to franchise Calais Campbell….the 2nd highest tag we know of so far(Brees deal will be more but unknown now)…

ryan

March 3rd, 2012
9:18 pm

Maybe if he does not sign we use the money for a O- linemen or go after top FA Mario i know am dreaming .

waynester

March 3rd, 2012
9:22 pm

What if teams started offering performance bonuses spelled out in writing in NFL contracts and legitimize the “Bounty Program” and have standardized amounts for hits, big plays, etc.? Just eliminate the unsportsmanlike aspects by also instituting massive penalties for intentional maiming but keeping the incentives high for players to go all out to earn those “Bounties”….

karma

March 3rd, 2012
9:23 pm

The games I have watched this past season did not show grimes to be a top 3 cornerback. Nor did sitting out the playoff game.

JB FALCON

March 3rd, 2012
9:47 pm

waynester, you think like I do. So, what IF the NFL adapted the FFL idea? I don’t know anything about the FFL and do not play it but we could start over every year and let each team spend their allocated amount of $ to buy whatever player they wanted. Each contract would be incentive loaded and if you get hurt, you’re out! Sure would beat this contract crap.
I keep thinking about what D3 posted, ten million dollars for ONE year??? I would play one year and F’n QUIT!

Ken Strickland

March 3rd, 2012
10:24 pm

I don’t know what the big deal over franchising Grimes is all about? Obviously Nolan, TD and Blank feel he’s worth the money, so why are fans making such a big issue? Some of you act like the move is going to somehow completely prevent us from addressing the other team needs. Big news flash, it won’t. And like I said a few days ago, THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A 1YR FIX.

welikebaseball2

March 3rd, 2012
10:49 pm

To all of you that say “he’s not worth it, let him walk”…I ask this: Do you seriously think Owens, Franks, or Walls is capable of filling the defensive void created by Grimes’ departure? Do you really think our anemic pass defense can stand the loss of it’s top cover corner…new d-coordinator or no d-coordinator? You’ve got to be kidding me.

falcon21

March 3rd, 2012
10:51 pm

I know Grimes could not get 10+ mil for a year from any other team. TD new BG would not sign. Poor Grimes is being mislead by his agent or wife. One probowl season due to someones injury does not lead to the HOF.

R Brown

March 3rd, 2012
10:55 pm

If Dunta was worth a try with that 57 mill then Brent Grimes is just as good a bet if not better. We could have gotten Grimes long-term last year at probably half what it’ll cost now it seems. But we find ourselves at this point because of TD. Your heading D3 above “Dimitroff Just Isn’t as Good as Advertised’ is seeming to become food for thought with each passing day. Not tying Grimes up last year, paying TG the rate he did, trying to resign Biermann so early in the FA game and even considering signing Abe at his asking rate tells me that TD is scrambling.

Big Ray

March 3rd, 2012
11:33 pm

To all of you that say “he’s not worth it, let him walk”…I ask this: Do you seriously think Owens, Franks, or Walls is capable of filling the defensive void created by Grimes’ departure?

Yes.

Do you really think our anemic pass defense can stand the loss of it’s top cover corner…new d-coordinator or no d-coordinator? You’ve got to be kidding me.

Yes again. Because I think our anemic pass defense INCLUDED this “top” cover corner, along with a retarded scheme. Or was Grimes NOT on the field when we were ranked 20th in the League in passing defense, and getting burned on damn near every third down?

Big Ray

March 3rd, 2012
11:38 pm

We could have gotten Grimes long-term last year at probably half what it’ll cost now it seems.

Where is the data to support that assertion?

Joshua Malavenda

March 4th, 2012
12:40 am

Ken- Can you give me link for that article about the vikings I would love to read it.
My thoughts-
I am in agreeance with big ray and ken that was a great move by td.
when eventually he does sign franchise tag nolan can figure out how they both work in the new system. I have feeling dunta will do better in nolans new system because he is more physical player then grimes is. Another good thing is that he will have to pay him less this year under the new cba franchise tag rules. I am not sure but does the nfl comp the first round picks or does the team who wants to make a offer comp the picks?

Ed

March 4th, 2012
12:46 am

Excellent work as always D3…I have always felt that if a player doesn’t want to play for my team, or is unhappy over the way he is being treated, then it’s time to move on. 10.6 million in one year is close (figuring around 15 mil) to the amount of guaranteed money Grimes would get in a long term contract. So if he does stay healthy and have a good year he can come out way ahead in the long run by either signing a new long-term contract or even being franchised again (although Brent & his wife won’t agree). Me, I cut bait and run if I am TD and concentrate on both sides of the line. I would love to see how Ryan could do if he had the time to make a phone call while waiting for a receiver to get open the way Brady does. Nor would I mind seeing our defensive front creating havoc on the opposing team’s QB.

txfalcon

March 4th, 2012
1:12 am

There is absolutely no way I would have placed the franchise tag on Grimes. The falcons could have tendered him with a first round pick. TD would have came out better using the tag on lofton. I like grimes but not for $10.6 million.

falconfan

March 4th, 2012
1:34 am

If he doesn’t wanna sign, what could we trade him for? If someone like Lions wants him bad enough, what would it take for them to get him? Anyone know?

Unca' Bob

March 4th, 2012
1:54 am

Big Ray,

You made some very fine points in your opening post. I don’t know if the Grimes tag is restricted or non-restricted. D Brees received a restricted tag and can not speak to other teams. If Grimes’ is non-restricted his agent will be able to shop him around and find his true market value. But, given the very steep price of two first round draft picks I can not be at all certain he will even entertain any bidders.

“We have no plans to sign the tag at this time,” said Ben Dogra, Grimes’ agent. “We hope to be able to continue to discuss [through] all the issues at the appropriate time.” The three words, at this time, to me does’t preclude the eventual signing of the tender by Grimes. But, I don’t think he will. As Ed stated, the bonus or guaranteed money would far surpass his 10.6 mil if he signed a four or five year contract.

nique

March 4th, 2012
2:11 am

I like Grimes, he’s come a long way as a Falcon, but over 10 mill & to pay him as one of the top 5 cb’s in the NFL isn’t smart, he’s not even a top 10 cb in the NFL, before his injury his play dropped last year, he made plays on the ball but dropped int’s that he made the year before, multiple times. While there is no question he’s outplayed Duanta since he’s joined the team, overpaying him to try to keep him here isn’t smart, especially if the plan isn’t to keep a zone d sheme & is not to dump Duanta after this year because while they’re 2 good cbs, despite how Robinson has underpreformed, they are 2 uncompatable cbs in terms of their strengths. Duanta is bump & run, while Grimes is a zone cb, I’d like to see us let him walk, bring in another bump & run cb, & let that guy & Franks fight for the # 2 & 3 spots, have owens as the 4th cb & resign Hayden for the vet min & our cbs are set, saving us $ to go after Mario, Nicks, or Levi Brown.

Big Ray

March 4th, 2012
5:25 am

Unca Bob,

Thanks!

And I think you’re right – he’s not gonna sign this deal.

R Brown

March 4th, 2012
8:35 am

Big Ray – Using 2009-2010 data, the top ten salaries for DB’s in the League ranged from 7.8 mil to 17.8 mil per year. These numbers will work just fine since my whole point about Grimes is TD could have signed Grimes for much, much less long-term last season than getting cute and now having to pay the guy close to a top 5 DB. TD signed Grimes to a 1 year 2.3 mill contract, when in fact a Ray Edwards type contract might have locked him up. Top 5 DB money is already past the $9million dollar range, let’s say it’s at 10 now. Don’t you think we could have gotten Grimes on the hook for $5mill per long term?

Heck, before last years one year contract, Grimes was paid $392,000, the 154th ranked salary amongst DB’s that period. Now we find ourselves one year later looking down the barrel of a $9million per year contract for a defensive back. Hindsight is most nearly always perfect but any way you look at it, TD is buying the Brent Grimes stock high because he got cute when he could have bought low.

R Brown

March 4th, 2012
8:55 am

Furthermore, I have to add that D3’s points (2) “Dimitroff is Playing Hardball” and (3) “Dimitroff Is Hedging His Bets and Buying Time” have serious merit and could be true but either one falls under the getting cute column to me. I agree that TD is buying time but that’s what the one year contract last year was supposed to do.

DePlane

March 4th, 2012
9:14 am

Franchise Tag this year vs last:

QB: $14.4 million in 2012; down from $16.1 million in 2011
RB: $7.7 million in 2012; down from $9.6 million in 2011
WR: $9.4 million in 2012; down from 11.4 million in 2011
TE: $5.4 million in 2012; down from $7.3 million in 2011
OL: $9.4 million in 2012; down from $10.1 million in 2011
DE: $10.6 million in 2012; down from $13 million in 2011
DT: $7.9 million in 2012; down from $12.5 million in 2011
LB: $8.8 million in 2012; down from $10.1 million in 2011
CB: $10.6 million in 2012; down from $13.5 million in 2011
S: $6.2 million in 2012; down from $8.8 million in 2011

R Brown

March 4th, 2012
9:21 am

When the heck did DB’s start commanding Quarterback money. Where have I been?

Deplane – Good data.

waynester

March 4th, 2012
9:29 am

DePlane
Thanks for the data. Looks like TD knows what he’s doing after all….
While we’re at it, let’s get Ryan extended and save some more $$$ and angst down the road….

R Brown

March 4th, 2012
9:37 am

Waynester – Explain why you think TD “knows what he’s doing”. I’m sorry, I don’t see how Deplanes data illustrates that. TD doesn’t set the tag caps. He may have chosen whom to tag but just because he didn’t tag BG last year doesn’t warrant GM of the year talk just yet.

Educate me

trademark

March 4th, 2012
9:40 am

Hi Cage! Back from vacation, just read news on everything…including Bountygate. :)

Grimes….I think in TD I trust on this one, he has a plan brewing. Why? Because Grimes really, really isn’t a franchise level player, this is a leverage thing.

Boutnygate: For all those that flamed the HELL out of me when I called the Saints straight up dirty last year after the complaint from Adrian Peterson that they were going after his ankle….

HAHAHHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHH!

Losers.

R Brown

March 4th, 2012
9:47 am

Deplane’s data tells me that DB’s and Pass Rusher’s are surprisingly the second highest “valued/paid” positions behind the QB. I suppose with the proliferation of 4,000+ yard passing seasons QB’s are having these days, it seems only right that the players that can thwart them the most have become more valuable.

steeleye

March 4th, 2012
9:51 am

I don’t know if Grimes is worth 10 mil a year or not. But I do know this……….a decent pass rush will make all our defensive backs better.

R Brown

March 4th, 2012
9:53 am

Steeleye – “a decent pass rush will make all our defensive backs better”

Absolutely True

Tell it like it is

March 4th, 2012
10:44 am

Let the little man walk,Mabe he can star in movies,like the wizard of ozz,or become a horse jockey,or what ever.take that 10mil and put it to use on d lineman,and make the whole team better.Grimes is a good corner,but make no mistake about it,hes just a small part of the puzzle the Falcons need to make this team post season winners

waynester

March 4th, 2012
10:47 am

RB
Sorry for the delay–getting ready for Church….
It shows that TD was looking ahead to the tune of about $3 Million savings. That’s all I was saying. We can sign a good player or several rookies for that…..