Your Thoughts on Falcons Free Agency So Far?

Great Re-sign (AJC)

Will be back soon with a longer, more in-depth post, but wanted to get a new thread up so you can continue your Falcons and Football talk……..

1) Harry Douglas

Fortifies a great 3 WR rotation for next 3-4 years and will only get better by not playing under Mularkey

2) Thomas DeCoud

Upside should be realized under Nolan

3) Jason Snelling

Ultimate insurance in running game. Could move to fullback if Ovie is released. Only concern is worry about taking snaps away from Rodgers or speedy Smith.

4) John Abraham

Will Finish as a Falcon (AJC)

No, he’s not Mario Williams, but he was the best available pass rusher after Mario. Yes, he’s 34, but he should also benefit from Nolan and have his career extended playing under Smith and become a pass-rushing specialist. Will truly give Falcons time to either see if Sidbury or Matthews can make the jump or draft a new DE in 1st or 2nd round next year. Finishing career as a Falcon and possible Ring of Honor is icing on the cake.

5) Brent Grimes – Tagged

Well, again, man don’t really agree paying Grimes $10 million a year, but it gives the Falcons the best option availabe going forward. Maybe a CB desperate team will be willing to part with some draft picks for him. Can still work out a long term deal, or at least give another year to see if Dunta or Grimes is worth keeping.

6) Chris Redman

Most understand it, especially with no draft picks, but many believe its time to draft and develop a QB rather than having an aging veteran backing him up. Above all, his play has severely dipped.

7) Kroy Biermann

This seems kind of odd at this juncture of bringing back Abe, but maybe Nolan can get more out of him than our former college DC. Can shoulder heavy load of run stops and possibly get some looks @ OLB in 3-4 sets.

8.)Antone Smith / Michael Palmer

Really hope that Smith gets some real touches with his speed. Snelling coming back and evidently keeping Ovie @ $4 million a year (which is just shocking) may eat into his chances. Really would like his speed. Palmer our future #2 tight end. Officially takes over for Justin Peele’s old role while we draft TG’s replacement this year.

9) Tony Gonzalez

$7 millions kind of steep for an aging vet, but it makes too much sense. New tight end can work under him for a year and be ready to take over when he retires.

10) Lofa Tatupu

Lofa Tatupu (Associated Press)

Tatupu Low Risk / High Reward (AP)

Great pickup and essentially booted Lofton out of the door and his, evidently, insane asking price. Why has arguably the best MLB on the market still not signed anywhere? Could it be he’s asking for $9 million a year? Obviously, low risk / high reward pickup and can compete / work with Dent @ MLB going forward. Could have immense rewards if he gets back healthy

11) Vince Manuwai

Like the move, I really do. Even lower risk with high reward than Tatupu. However, if they are done at infusing talent at RG for the “Battle of the Decade,” I think that’s a failed strategy. Draft OG @ #55 (Zeitler, Washington, etc) and may the best man win.

12) LT

News that we are FINALLY looking at LT candidates comes as very welcome and needed news. Marcus McNeill is scheduled to look at us. If we want him and likewise, we have to have an advantage because he gets to come back home with him being from right here in Metro Atlanta (from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, GA) and Auburn. Many are scared away from his injury, but again, if the deals right, we are in a good position with Svitek being capable to take over in a pinch.

Bird Cage Loyalists Turn

Your thoughts on Falcons free agency so far…….

840 comments Add your comment

D3

March 18th, 2012
10:19 am

Sorry for the expiration folks. Keep up the great convo’s and have a great Sunday!

uga_b

March 18th, 2012
10:29 am

ATLJBO

March 18th, 2012
10:38 am

Ive always felt like we had talent… It just seem like the talent wasn’t used right (on D) … If we can grab McNeil and find a couple of pieces in the draft… ill be good with that…

uga_b

March 18th, 2012
10:39 am

My initial thoughts are if you can’t afford to get better at least you can’t afford to get worse.

On that note, I do feel that the HD resigning is the one that really could make us better. Snelling was a no brainer if you wanted to have the flexibility to cut Ovie. Abraham came down to the best move we could make with the cap space. The Grimes move was to give us a chance to workout a longterm deal or not shoulder too much risk with an aging corner. Bierman/Smith/Palmer seem to be Special Teams (1/3 of football) moves with some upside. Redman/TG are good continuity moves that make sense. Manuwai is the smart move since we still hope to develop some of the younger guys. Tatupu is the classic buy-low potential high-reward pickup that can challenge Dent; if he beats him out, that leans towards high-reward. At least gives us depth for Special Teams. The head-scratcher is Decoud: yes he has shown the makings and glimpses of being a high-level safety but has lacked the mental makeup and recognition skills. I am not sure that can really be taught; maybe there will be a simplified scheme for him.

I want to hate our offseason but cannot really disagree with these moves or say I didn’t see this coming last year. One of the reasons I panned our draft. Clearly, we see that TD is tired of losing all his “great” draft picks, strangely, none of whom have really panned out elsewhere…

uga_b

March 18th, 2012
10:45 am

As for the Draft (assuming we get a T in FA), I would target Babineaux’s spot (unless we are still drinking the Jerry koolaid), a developmental safety, a pass-catching TE, late round WR, and possibly a FA Fullback. The main good news regarding the offseason is that we at least have flexibility around the draft. Note, I think we need a DE but not sure that will be an option where we are picking. Year four of “needing” a FA DE.

uga_b

March 18th, 2012
10:47 am

Enjoy the weather everyone! I miss spending time with my Bird Cage family.

ATLJBO

March 18th, 2012
11:35 am

This is the thing… I hear fans and experts praise Coaches like The Hoody, Rex Ryan, and Wade Phillips for getting the most out of their players and making their players better… A Coach not doing it so good can do the opposite or keep their players somewhere in the middle….

Ive heard players and experts say Coach Nolan gets the most out of his players and his players love the guy…. I also think we have talent on this team… I just dont think we were getting the most out of them.

RyeSouvie

March 18th, 2012
11:37 am

I like all of the resignings!!! Especially, the Abraham and Harry Douglas resignings. I hope that Lofton can be resigned at a reasonable price, although I have a lot of confidence in our front office. The last four years are the best four years of Falcon’s football that we have seen. As a long time season ticket holder, we want to be competitive every year and that’s what we are now…. Finally!!!! I hope we can get a DL, LB, LT, and a CB in the draft. Go Falcons!!!!! I can’t wait for football!!! Every sport is second to Football!!! I can’t wait for the draft.

steven a smith

March 18th, 2012
11:39 am

John Parker Wilson must go. What happened in Houston shows that you need “3″ guys who are competent at the Quarterback position at all times. What happens when Matt Ryan goes down?
Chris Redman has peaked a long time ago. Hope they draft a #2 QB.

Ken Strickland

March 18th, 2012
11:40 am

BIG RAY-After reading your very detailed post from the previous blog, it hit me. You said that Abraham probably played at 90% during most of the season at best. That Edwards was hampered by having knee surgery, and Babineaux wasn’t the same after missing 3gms with an injury. That means 3 of our 4 starters played most of the season hurt and at less than full strength.

That’s not a good fomula for generating a solid and consistent pass rush. On top of that, our 2nd best pass rusher, LSidbury, got the fewest snaps, and fewest chances to rush the passer, of our top 6 DLinemen. I’ve also been thinking about why Nolan was so adamant about having CB BGrimes franchised, especially with all the young talented CBs we already have, but I might have the answer.

We already know that DFranks is ready to start, and so is COwens, but Owens is only effective when on the outside. Franks did much better than Owens in the nickel spot, but still not that great. But having Grimes means we can put Owens, or Franks, on the outside in multiple WR sets and move Grimes to NCB. Let’s face it, Owens has proven he can be a starter and has played exceptionally well when not playing NCB.

steven a smith

March 18th, 2012
11:45 am

If Doug Martin is not available in round 2, please pick the 2nd best player on that Baylor Team,
RB Terrance Gannaway, he is going to be a STUD. Having said that, Brandon Jacobs would be a
FREE AGENT COUP for the Falcons. Cut Michael the Burner, PLEASE!

steven a smith

March 18th, 2012
11:49 am

We can get a decent developmental QB in round 6 or 7 this year, ie…..Russell Wilson or kellen Moore.

Ken Strickland

March 18th, 2012
12:11 pm

I don’t see Lofton returning, and he’s why. Nolan came right out and said he’ll use him as a 2 down MLB, and Lofton has been very sensitive to that label. He’s worked hard to dispell that label and I doubt he’d want to play on a team in that capacity. Besides, he’s already been replaced by ADent, who will be our 2 down MLB, and Tatupu, who will come in on passing downs. This will be a case where the whole being the sum of its parts.

I also don’t see us cutting DT PJerry. With our limited number of picks, I see Nolan giving him a chance to prove himself in his system, and with his coaching. Cutting FB OMughelli would give us more cap relief, he’s also coming off very serious season ending injuries, and we’re already 2 deep at FB with Cox and Snelling.

I can’t wait to see TE TGonzalez, and the WR trio of RWhite, JJones and HDouglas, along with RBs JSnelling and JRogers, do their thing in Koetter’s vertical passing OFF. I also can’t wait to see us attack the DEF both up the middle and outside the OTs with our rushing OFF. But the most exciting expectation for me will be watching our DBs, especially our CBs, get in the face of WRs and aggressively challenge them coming off the line. That will be a complete 180 degree turn around from our previous passive approach to pass DEF. And you have to know there will be at least 1 person blitzing on every passing down.

BIG RAY-I know you remember back when former Hawks HC MWoodson started a young PG, I can’t remember his name, but only played him about 10MPG. Well, I see that same situation playing out with JAbraham. He’ll start, but he’ll be used mostly on passing downs. In other words, for most of the gm, he’ll be a rotational(situational) DE.

Will

March 18th, 2012
12:20 pm

We’ve seen TD take a needs based approach to the draft for the most part thus far. If we address LT through free agency, should we go BPA this year to maximize the value of our picks?

JJ

March 18th, 2012
12:21 pm

Afternoon Cage,

Thoughts and prayers for Birdman, WR, SW and Waynesters’s son, evil knievel jr.

D3, great mini blog, cannot wait until march madness is over .Do not understand it. Is it mainly the office pools that drive it? Anyway, I would have given TD an Incomplete when FA started but knew it was way early. Now I would give it a solid B. Signing a FA LT will bring it up to B+.
The only way it goes higher is who we cut/trade and how the deal with Grimes works out.

Ken, Big Ray/Lou, tks for all the great posts. You guys bring it everyday, even if I dont always agree.

ryan

March 18th, 2012
12:27 pm

That 49ers offense is going to be scary they just inked Mario Manningham and if they get Peyton Manning its over hopefully we get McNeil and maybe draft TE like Fleener i would fine with that .

Will

March 18th, 2012
12:29 pm

We’ve seen TD take a mostly needs based approach to the draft thus far. If we address LT in free agency, should we go BPA this year to maximize the value of our picks?

waynester

March 18th, 2012
12:45 pm

JJ
Thanks, man. I guess he takes after me–breaking bones doing stupid $##!–live and (don’t) learn, eh?
I’m still hoping we’ll go for DE/OLB Shea McClellin in rd 2 and DT/NT Mike Martin in the 3rd. Give them a year in our system and start working in some 3/4 sets if we don’t go that way entirely next year. Both guys are versatile and play like they’re on fire. Not too many great Safety prospects beyond rd 3, but it’s definitely a need, however, there are some pretty good TE prospects in rd 5 and beyond–especially some of these “tweener”/”hybrid” players who can line up at FB, on the line or off in the slot and give lots of looks. I’m still hyped about the draft despite not being too comfortable with our relative inaction in FA…..

Will

March 18th, 2012
12:49 pm

Sorry for the double post. Phone issues…

bobby c

March 18th, 2012
1:44 pm

I am mad as hell that the Falcons let Williams go and signed the old fart Abraham I mean damn Front Office you couldn’t have thought of bringing in Mario and seeing if maybe u can sway him away from Buffalo of all places. Lets hope there is someone in the draft that can replace J.A and be a better productive D-lineman.

terrace

March 18th, 2012
2:22 pm

II think we need to get freeny from the colts image Abraham on one side and freeny on the other

Ken Strickland

March 18th, 2012
2:26 pm

BOBBY C- Why would you expect the Falcons, or any other team for that matter, to utilize cap space they don’t have and can’t acquire without releasing half the team, just to acquire 1 player, especially when he’s not a Q? You can’t build a championship caliber team being STAR STUCK, especially when you have several other areas to address that are just as important if not more so.

WAYNESTER-When I 1st started reading your post it really scared me when you said you’d been at the emergency room. But a broken arm is almost an initiation into growing up, especially for a young boy. Glad that was all it was.

If we don’t sign a FA OLB, or resign MPeterson, we’ll have to draft a replacement. I believe DT PJerry will be retained, which would leave us with a DT rotation of Babs, Peters, Walker and Jerry, Chambers. I believe Nolan is only interested in the DE from the Dolphins. I also think OL, TE, CB, and safety would take presidence over DT/NT. We have to replace LB MPeterson, CB KHayden, and safety BSanders, if they’re not resigned, as well as a future replacement for TE TGonzalez. That’s 4 picks and we haven’t addressed the OL, specifically OC.

JJ-Thanks a million, but I’m just having a lot of fun.

Big Lou

March 18th, 2012
2:46 pm

“Why would you expect the Falcons, or any other team for that matter, to utilize cap space they don’t have and can’t acquire without releasing half the team, just to acquire 1 player, especially when he’s not a Q?” -Ken

Yeah, bobby c, who do you think the Falcons are? The Hawks?

Joe Johnson, making the Hawks irrelevant with his 124 million dollar contract until amnesty. Let us pray. lol

Big Lou

March 18th, 2012
2:48 pm

JJ

Thanks. I haven’t had much of a life lately. lol

Ken Strickland

March 18th, 2012
2:58 pm

After almost 1 wk into FA, there are at least 5 LT solutions still available, with DBell, ACollins, and MMcNeal heading the list. If we don’t sign a FA OC, or resign McClure, our 1st pick in the draft will likely be an OC. Depending on how serious we are at finding a replacement for TGonzalez, we’ll likely use our 3rd rd pick to draft a TE, since none of the desireable ones will be available in the 5th rd.

JJ

March 18th, 2012
3:05 pm

Found this blogger over on shultz blog and thought it was interesting:

The Monger

March 17th, 2012
10:06 pm
what do ya’ll think about getting Andre Gurode in Free Agency to fill Todd McClure’s respected seat at C as well as Marcus McNeil to play LT for Baker? I mean we could create cap space by cutting Baker and Ovie to free up 5-6 million and we could get a cheaper FB to replace Ovie. Although I really like Ovie, and understand what a blocker and overall MONSTER he is opening holes; we can, if we have to, find a younger FB in Free Agency who has that tenacity and bulk that Ovie had and start the grooming process. I would like to keep Ovie if we can, and see if maybe cutting Baker and signing Grimes to a more reasonable long term contract will free up this room. If we can get these 2…this is what our O-Line will look like… Nice, Very Nice….We would have some real bulk and resemble those MONSTER O-line’s in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and New England….

2012 (Potentially)

RT- Tyson Clabo- 6′6 331 lbs.
RG- Vince Manuwai 6′2 333 lbs.
C- Andre Gurode- 6′4 334 lbs.
LG- Justin Blaylock- 6′4 329 lbs.
LT- Marcus McNeil – 6′7 336 lbs

What do ya’ll think of that O-Line?? I understand size is not everything in the NFL, or not even paramount to success, but is that not a nice sized line to run behind?? Not to even mention the talent level…I mean tackles Clabo and McNeill on the same team blocking the rushers and opening holes is great…Blalock and Manuwai are both strong physical guys and good to great blockers in the middle, if Manuwai can stay healthy…and Gurode is an awesome C. That looks scary good for an O-Line

JJ

March 18th, 2012
3:06 pm

And one more from The Monger:

The Monger

March 17th, 2012
9:48 pm
The thing you have to go thinking about now with the LT tackle position is…okay, both LT’s Sam Baker and Marcus McNeil are coming off injuries….and I think both have had at least 2 now, Im not sure with Baker, but I remember his back this year, and his leg last year or something. Thats pretty scary to be injured so much by like what…25? 26 years old?? So anyways its pretty much an equal risk with either of these LT’s. So you have to ask who has been the most dominant, the most solid, best protection LT in both the run and the pass, and that is easily Marcus McNeil. So you have to go with the greater reward…McNeil. While Baker is above average to good at his best, McNeil is good to great at his best, not an ALL-Pro, but pretty dominant none the less in pass protection ( I mean he has blocked for Brees and Rivers, and some #1 offenses in his days) and pretty good as a run blocker, not great but better than Baker. So he beats him in both run and pass, and he is a bigger, more vicious mauler, which is what I think TD is looking for…some more beef on the O-Line…Clabo is like 320, Vince Manuwai- the guy TD just brought in is 340, we need a new center or go with Joe Hawley who is 310. Although I think TD may bring in a Veteran C in Free Agency with a little more beef, maybe 320-325. Blaylock is 330. and if we bring in Marcus McNeil in Free Agency who is 345. We would have a MONSTER strong, and pretty nasty O-Line which is what this team NEEDS!! To run a smash-mouth approach with Ovie and Turner, we need more beef, more like the O-Lines of the Steelers or Ravens. I think We need this on the O-Line and I really think TD is leaning this way as well….. Welcome the BIG BOI’S Atlanta!!!!!! (Anyone notice the pun?)

Ken Strickland

March 18th, 2012
3:07 pm

BIG LOU-The ASG just doesn’t have the money to go over the luxury tax cap. Otherwise, why else would they literally sale a 2nd rd pick to get money to pay the small luxury tax they incurred when they signed a replacement for injured JCollins.

Big Lou

March 18th, 2012
3:30 pm

Ken

Obviously, that is why I made the joke about Joe Johnson’s massive contract. lol

falCANS

March 18th, 2012
3:36 pm

AS IVE REPEATEDLY STATED WE HAD THE TALENT LAST YEAR JUST NOT THE SCHEMES!! GREAT JOB BY TD THIS WAS A “RE-UP” YEAR AND HE RESIGNED ALL OUR IMPORTANT PIECES WHILE OVERHAULING THE STAFF. CANT WAIT TILL CAMP STARTS. BRING MCCLURE AND MIKE PETERSON BACK (GLUE GUYS) KEEP SVITEK AND DRAFT A LT NEXT YEAR!!

THANK GOD TD DIDNT MOTGAGE OUR TEAM AWAY FOR A DAG DE!!! I WOULDNT GIVE REGGIE WHIte A 100 MIL O_0

Joshua Malavenda

March 18th, 2012
4:03 pm

I like most of what they did in fa but I am not really a fan of keeping grimes but it could be worse. . I think they will get mcneil and couple more depth players in fa.

TRIGG

March 18th, 2012
4:18 pm

@ J.J Great point! If we get our O line playing better & scheme better on offense & defense we will win the south! BIRDSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Screen Pass

March 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

“what do ya’ll think about getting Andre Gurode in Free Agency ” – JJ

Sounds familiar. Think the Monger reads the Cage?

TRIGG

March 18th, 2012
4:30 pm

waynester

March 18th, 2012
4:53 pm

Ken
Thanks for your concern–it’s all part of being a boy….( but it was scary seeing his arm bent like a banana)
My notion was that we’d let Peterson ride into the sunset and (this was while I was still thinking we’d cut some guys for Mario $$) let Babs go, too. Now I’m for keeping our D-line guys and getting Martin into our weight program for a year THEN saying bye to Jerry, Babs or both. Jerry doesn’t play with the wrath of Martin(nor the smarts–I don’t think Jerry is very sharp). We can still fill TE and CB plus a Safety in the latter rounds and I’m pretty sure we’ll fix any o-line issues in FA– probably one of the names already on your list….

The Real Falcon

March 18th, 2012
5:52 pm

Wasted money on Decoud, Biermanw who were not going anywhere early leaving us up against the cap. Dumb. NO didn’t do that and signed FA’s for big money (nicks).

The Real Falcon

March 18th, 2012
5:54 pm

We don’t have playmakers on Defense. Asked NE if that matters. Coaching is less important than talent and playmakers

Big Lou

March 18th, 2012
5:58 pm

I won’t feed the troll! I refuse!

JJ

March 18th, 2012
6:08 pm

SP, did that get lifted from the cage? If so, my bad. Just read his thread this am and thought it was interesting. So many great ideas thrown around the cage, didnt even think about that.

Big Lou, DONT YOU LOVE WHEN PEOPLE SCREAM AT US!!!

-back to golf…

Ken Strickland

March 18th, 2012
6:08 pm

WAYNESTER-Tt looks like we’ll end up making 3 OL changes, OC, LT and RG, and a MLB change. Other than that, we’ll start the season with the same players, but definitely not the same team. Any major player changes or upgrades will take place next yr after our new coaching staff has thoroughly assessed our players after a season of playing in their systems.

Falcons 66

March 18th, 2012
6:09 pm

That all great resign folks but one thing Missin from U Boggers why is Tommy Nobis never been voted to Canton NFL Hall of Fame he is Original Falcon here folks..lets discuss the sports writers here n at NFL network n GM’s sports writers also skip him he doin great work at his center name after him…So lets put Tommy Nobis at Canton Next year okay!

JJ

March 18th, 2012
6:16 pm

F66, count me in!!!

Screen Pass

March 18th, 2012
6:32 pm

“SP, did that get lifted from the cage? If so, my bad. Just read his thread this am and thought it was interesting. So many great ideas thrown around the cage, didnt even think about that.” – JJ

Who knows? Even if he might have gotten an idea or two from around here he presented his case quite well and you can color me impressed. Big beefy O-lines like that makes me think out a certain restaurant that makes BIG BURGERS…I mean they are some BIG BOYS. If I recall correctly, some guy around here did a way too early FA fix the O-line write up…I don’t feel like looking it up in the archives but maybe this will help;

http://www.fark.com/comments/4681335/Charleston-WV-residents-say-you-can-have-their-Shoneys-Big-Boy-when-you-pry-him-from-their-cold-dead-hands

:) I certainly can’t say anything bad about the Big Beef front and The Mongers does deliver the goods.

snacktastic

March 18th, 2012
6:46 pm

I’m cool with these signings/re-signings, but they raise a question: since we’ll largely have the same personnel on the field, what sort of success will be required for there to be a clear difference in competence between Nolan and Van Gorder, and Mularkey and Koetter? Jeff Schultz once argued that two playoff wins is a reasonable expectation for this team, but I think that was before we got new coordinators; i.e. it’s the kind of progress we should expect out of a Falcons team that puts up consecutive winning seasons. What I’d like to know is what the Cage thinks would count as an improvement/regression/standstill in 2012. Would squeaking into the playoffs at 9-7 but getting a playoff win mean the Falcons are still trending up?

Big Lou

March 18th, 2012
6:52 pm

“Would squeaking into the playoffs at 9-7 but getting a playoff win mean the Falcons are still trending up?” -snacktastic

Actually, the Falcons have a difficult schedule this year, so we’ll know the difference the coaches make within the first quarter of the season. @PHI, DAL, DEN, @SD, @Detroit, Giants and x2 NO. Regression would be not making the playoffs IMO. Yet, if they get to the big dance on this schedule, I would think they would do pretty damn good in the playoffs. Those are all playoff caliber teams.

JJ

March 18th, 2012
6:57 pm

OK, got to share a little treat. Went to Shultz latest blog to let “The Monger” know I was copy/paste his thoughts. Left a little message why our blog is best. Well choke and the rest of the haters (who are banned over here for many yrs- tks D3) have been spewing there hatred.

It’s a good chuckle, go to shultz latest falcon blog, start at bottom of pg. 4.

Big Lou

March 18th, 2012
7:03 pm

JJ

Yeah, I don’t read their blogs just because of Matt “Choke” Ryan, who is clearly a troll, yet they allow him to keep posting. All Jeff, Bradley, and DOL care about is hits–even though half are Saints trolls and anti-Ryan haters. I guess that’s how they keep their jobs.

waynester

March 18th, 2012
7:11 pm

Some guys from our HS “Bobnapped” the Big Boy and put it up over the entrance to the school for a Senior prank…good times…..

Screen Pass

March 18th, 2012
7:21 pm

“OK, got to share a little treat. Went to Shultz latest blog to let “The Monger” know I was copy/paste his thoughts. Left a little message why our blog is best. Well choke and the rest of the haters (who are banned over here for many yrs- tks D3) have been spewing there hatred.

It’s a good chuckle, go to shultz latest falcon blog, start at bottom of pg. 4.” – JJ

I saw that lol. In regards to “The Monger” question…one could go to the archive and find this old and obscure pre FA “proof of concept” – ( http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-fans/2012/01/23/falcons-free-agents-to-re-sign/?cp=7 )

It seems some blow hard A-hole named “Screen Pass” had this to say way back in January;

“I like Bell too. It will be a bidding war on some of these guys and some might come cheap or at least do short term deals like McClure. I’m thinking Gaither might come cheaper than Bell but if TD can get and lockup Bell that would be awesome. Koetter runs 7 step slow ass long routes predicated off the run just like MM so I’m feeling on oldschool Shoneys Big Boy line ala Dallas with Emmitt and Aikmen is my choice at the moment. One possible scenario;
LT – Jared Gaither 6′9 340 – last contract 1 yr $685,000
LG – Justin Blaylock 6′4 326 – Falcon
C – Andre Gurode 6′4 334 – last year 3mil
RG – Ryan Diem 6′6 320 – last yr 6.3 mil (would love Grubbs here, Diem is older so maybe realistic)
RT – Tyson Clabo – 6′6 331 – Falcon

RG I haven’t looked at all possibilities but we could have a big beefy front for relatively cheap…maybe lol. This leaves room to manuver on defense and replacing Turner with an Emmitt clone .”

I knew it sounded familiar but The Monger’s is up to date and not bad of a concept at all in my book :) .

hbcuclassics

March 18th, 2012
7:23 pm

HBCU Classic Sports – 2012 Draft Board Preview (1-10)

1. Ryan Davis 6’3, 245 DE Bethune
2. Adrian Hamilton 6’3, 250 DE Prairie View
3. Christian Thompson 6’2, 220 SS SC State
4. Mario Louis 6’1, 190 WR Grambling
5. Dominique Ellis 6’0, 185 CB SC State
6. Donavan Robinson 6’2, 230 LB Jackson St
7. Reggie Sandilands 6’1, 230 LB Bethune
8. Ryan Lewis 6’3, 225 LB Bethune
9. Sanford Banks 6’5, 300 OL Grambling
10. Micah Pellerin 6’0, 196 DB Hampton

http://www.hbcuclassics.com