Your Thoughts on Atlanta Falcons Free Agency So Far? (Updated)

Falcons Keeping their Own

One More Go! (AJC)

If you were expecting the Falcons to jump out of the gates and be big spenders like the Dolphins, Rams, and Browns you were sorely disappointed with the start of the Free Agency Frenzy. Even though Dimitroff made a few quick strikes back in his early years for Michael Turner in 2008 and 2010 for Dunta Robinson, that hasn’t happened in a few years. It’s no secret that the teams that are perennial contenders rarely make huge signings on the first day, or even the first few weeks. By and large, the contracts that are signed on the first few hours of free agency are usually highly inflated. Mike Wallace signed a $60 million deal for 5 years and Paul Kruger inked a 5 year deal worth $40 million. This is not to say that they aren’t excellent players, but are they really worth that price? There was initial talk that the Falcons were pursuing running back Steven Jackson and a deal may be imminent, but that tapered off to being between the Falcons and the Packers, neither who will engage in a bidding war. There was a report that the Falcons had some interest in Richard Seymour and some even mentioned Rashard Mendenhall, even though the latter had no credible reporting. This free agency period started like most of them have in recent memory: not much. The Falcons found out that Tony Gonzalez is coming back for one more year and they re-signed left tackle Sam Baker as well. There was a thought that the Falcons also kept Brent Grimes on a one year deal, but that turned out to be a misunderstanding. The Falcons have done what good teams do: keep your own good draft picks, don’t get sucked up in the hype, and be methodical about bringing in players after the rush has passed. A look at what the team at Flowery Branch has done thus far:

Re-Signed

William Moore

Re-signed; 5 years / $32 million / $14 mill guaranteed

Great Deal (AJC)

Moore was the biggest name of the class and was coming off a Pro Bowl season. Some fans were fearful that he might strike it rich somewhere else, but just as he always does, GM Thomas Dimitroff kept the players he wants to keep at a very fair price. Yet one more example of the Falcons GM being extremely fair and balanced in his negotiations, which is one main reason the players enjoy playing in Atlanta so much. Moore was paid about what he worth. It could be argued that he was slightly overpaid due to his injury history, but sometimes that turns out to be the case when you want to keep one of your franchise players coming off a great season. It’s literally a win-win-win: the Falcons keep one of their own drafted franchise players, Moore gets a very good deal, and the fans get to see Moore likely finish his career in Atlanta.

Tony Gonzalez

Negotiating Contract; Rumored close to $6 million This one probably didn’t have very much to do with the front office and more with Gonzalez making his decision. However, it can’t be minimized what difference the heavy recruitment likely made by Dimitroff, Smith, and Blank. No one knows the exact details of the one year contract, but it’s rumored to be somewhere close to what he was paid last year ($5.9 million). The rewards are obvious on the surface: the offense has it’s full array of offensive weapons in Gonzalez, Roddy White, and Julio Jones, not to mention a likely more effective running game. But there’s also added benefits as well. #88 just gave Dimitroff a huge amount of flexibility for this off-season. He doesn’t have to press and try to find a replacement at tight end. Even though that would be an effort in futility, there has to be some type of long-term answer to take over when he does finally retire.

Opening @ CB (AJC)

That flexibility can enable Dimitroff to see if Chase Coffman may actually be a legit replacement for the future, while also developing Michael Palmer and any potential draft pick. It also allows him to focus mostly all on the defensive side of the ball in one draft, the way he did in 2009 (even though it wasn’t the most fruitful of picks besides Moore). He can also keep an eye on running backs and tight ends, if he chooses to. If he doesn’t he could always put off taking a TE for one more year. Like Moore, a win across the board.

Sam Baker

Re-signed; 6 years / $41.5 million / $18.25 mill guaranteed The signing was announced late on the first night of free agency and it was universally a popular decision among most fans. Then they saw the numbers. Many were ready to grab the pitchforks and head up to Flowery Branch when details were first released. 6 years for almost $42 million for oft-injured Sam Baker, how could they overpay that much for a left tackle that has been good, but not the most consistent? When everyone calmed down and took a look at the guaranteed money, it started to make a whole lot of sense for everyone involved.

Good, Fair Deal for Baker (AJC)

The deal itself looks really big, both by the sheer number and amount of years, ,but a closer examination reveals it to be something entirely different. The guaranteed money is what’s important. If the Falcons get 3 more good years out of Baker, then it would average out closer to $6 million per year and they would no longer owe him anything (the dreaded dead money). If Baker stays at LT for four years, it turns out to be a magnificent deal. Baker would be 32, having completed 4 out of 6 years of his deal and received all his guaranteed money and likely more. But if the Falcons went another direction, the deal would have averaged out to $4.5 million a year for a very solid left tackle. The last two years will be up to Baker to prove his worth and earn the remainder of the contract. Finally, the Falcons are starting to shore up an area that has been a major sore spot and position of angst for a long time.

Garrett Reyolds

Re-signed; 2 years / $3.4 million / $500k signing bonus It may not have been the flashiest of deals or the most exciting, but this was a superb deal on all levels. Reynolds has had his own ups and downs in his career, but most recently did very well before he was injured and put on the IR. The former Tar Heel is likely the lead candidate right now to take back over his right guard starting spot with the news that Todd McClure has decided to retire. In all likelihood, Peter Konz will slide to center and the right guard will be the only position that’s unsettled heading into 2013.

Excellent Move (AJC)

He will surely see competition for the spot, perhaps from Mike Johnson, Joe Hawley, practice squad candidates Phiilipkeith Manley and Jacques McClendon, a new draft pick, or even tackle Lamar Holmes. But Reynolds has faced competition two years in a row for the spot and has won it both times. Will there be a 3rd? If nothing else, this is a very low risk and potentially very high reward signing, including the fact that Reynolds adds amazing versatility in terms of depth all across the offensive line. Who thought we’d ever hear that statement as Falcons fans.

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Newly Signed

Steven Jackson

Age: 29 (30 soon); 3 years / $12 million / $4 million guaranteed__

2012 Career Stats: 1,042 rush yds; 4.1 YPC; 4 TDs; 321 rcv, 0 TDs__

Many Falcons fans were heading for a depression seeing all the teams in the NFC get better and better with each passing signing. Even though we’re all level-headed and know that our GM has a plan, it was still agonizing seeing these teams in the playoffs going out and improving their team in some form or fashion. Then happiness came swarming in: news broke that Steven Jackson had agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on a 3 year deal.

Steven Jackson

Welcome to Atlanta Mr. Jackson! (Getty)

The Falcons just inked one of the best backs of the decade (and potentially all-time) on an extremely reasonable deal. Is he the Jackson of old? No. But in case you forgot, the Falcons already have a few offensive weapons on their own. Jackson comes to Atlanta wanting to the “bell cow” as he mentioned a few days ago, but he doesn’t have to be. He has a ton of colleagues more than ready to help him out. With Gonzalez coming back, it’s hard not to be happy reciting the following: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, and now Steven Jackson. Talk about pick your poison. This lineup seems more like something you’d cheat on Madden with. Yes, it’s true that this does nothing to help the defense, but in a way it slightly does. Now the Falcons can focus purely on the defensive side of the ball in the draft. Having Gonzalez coming back and inking Jackson eliminates two holes in a big way this year. It’s true it’s not long term, but running back and tight end don’t have to be addressed until later in the draft or even at all.

Jackson helps in a number of ways, and the biggest one of all might be to have every single play available when he’s on the field. Michael Turner was a great Falcon, but most defenses knew he wasn’t a threat in the passing game. Jacquizz Rodgers had a great 2nd year, but found it tough to always find success between the tackles. Jackson can do it all. The cherry on top is the contract. The Falcons got a steal with Jackson accepting a 3 year / $12 million deal with only $4 million guaranteed. And disregard all the production on the field, Dimitroff and Smith got an absolute perfect guy to add to the locker room and the community. Yes, the defense is a trainwreck and yes the offensive line’s not the best in the world, but Jackson simply makes everyone’s job way easier. A big welcome to Atlanta Steven Jackson! You just made a ton of Falcons fans very, very happy.

More to come very soon, including:

Retired: Todd McClure

Gone: Lawrence Sidbury, Dunta Robinson

Still Unsigned Falcons: Chris Owens, Vance Walker, Mike Cox, Brent Grimes

Still Available:

683 comments Add your comment

ryan

March 14th, 2013
11:49 am

If sounds to me Falcons are going the cheap route is stead of over paying a big name which is fine my guess is the Falcons are going to fill there holes in the draft .

The G

March 14th, 2013
11:50 am

Can’t wait to see what’s next. TD always has a plan!

The G

March 14th, 2013
11:52 am

To Ryan: I wouldn’t say cheap route, but prudent route. I can see Abe coming back and Falcons drafting a DE with the first pick. What worries me is CB right now.

waynester

March 14th, 2013
12:06 pm

“going cheap”, knowing when to part with aging/underperforming vets is a major aspect of the “Patriot Way” and seems to work pretty well. It doesn’t sit well with we fans but as “the G” said earlier it IS the prudent way to proceed under a tight cap….

The G

March 14th, 2013
12:08 pm

Of course if they sign Abe and not Grimes and cannot sign a decent CB (not sure if any are out there), they may go after a CB with the first pick. Always thought Grimes would not fit in Nolan’s scheme. Might be why they haven’t signed Jackson; they’re waiting on what happens with a CB.

Falcondawg

March 14th, 2013
12:12 pm

So we are down starting RB (replaceable but what are we waiting on),DE(our whole pass rush),CB(Still have Grimes I know but hes still a question mark at this point, C (Konz yeah but that creates a hole unless we rely on Joe Hawley)and have no blocking TE, weak middle LBs/backup DEs. I realize we had a great team this year but with a more difficult schedule combined with some of those close games not going our way could make for a huge let down season if we do not reload some of these positions. Yes, TD always has a plan but we are sitting back waiting on better deals while the Seahawks are taking advantage. Avril for around 7.5 a year. That sounds a deal we could have made to me. We need to restsructure Ryan ASAP and grab some guys before there is no more shopping left to do!

The G

March 14th, 2013
12:15 pm

Didn’t hear about Avril. I was holding out hope to sign him.

JB Falcon

March 14th, 2013
12:21 pm

The Grimes situation is very interesting. Dunta is already signed elsewhere and Sidbury has also. Abe has visted several teams but not signed yet. I haven’t heard a word on Grimes. Is there any outside interests at all? How can he work out for a team, if one were interested, with a gimpy leg? Do we even want to keep him with a gimpy leg? Will he be able to play if we keep him? Way too many questions with no answers.
I would have thought that if we were going to switch to a 3-4 def, we would have kept Sid but, we can only sit and watch the ice melt until something comes from within.

CED

March 14th, 2013
12:22 pm

I’m a little scared … being that the two teams that we played in the playoffs have gotten extremely better in the free agency. Now I agree with the falcons approach to wait for the smoke clears , but we dont have all day and other teams are going to pull the trigger before us. I know our money is low and we must make wise decisions, but I’m not sure that bring Tony back was our best move being that money is low. We have not addressed anything on defense and thats an area we’ve struggled in for the last couple years. I’d like to see Grimes back, and if they can sign Jackson I would but I’d rather sign a defense of player with the money you would give him and pick up a decent running back in the draft and then sign b.jacobs or another vet just to help Quizz

LRD

March 14th, 2013
12:28 pm

I will pull a Nookah

Sitting here in limbo
Wondering when the FA;s will fall
Sitting here limbo
Knowing our time is growing short
The agents are playing their games
But I know our Faith (in TD) will lead us on

-I have to say, this sitting and waiting is driving us all insane. I am finally thinking we wont have the huge splash signing ( S Jax) that I was hoping for…

Ken Strickland

March 14th, 2013
12:38 pm

When your 2012 football team goes 13-3 & misses a trip to the SB by just 10yds, you damned well better bring as many of your key FAs back as possible. The funny thing is, us fans can & often do go overboard fretting over issues like OL, DL, LB, TE, being too conservative, poor pass rush, poor rushing OFF & DEF etc.

Yet, with all of these problems, both real and/or imagined, we still ended up being one of the NFLs most successful football teams. Our OFF & DEF coordinators, especially our DEF coordinator, were able to successfully overcome these problems.

I don’t think we have to try and resolve every problem we had last, because resolving certain issue will automatically take care of other issues. Improving our pass rush will cause the improvement of our entire secondary, as well as our OFF. Improving our rushing OFF will improve our overall OFF, & take a lot of pressure off our rushing DEF.

Everyone knows we have to improve our pass rush 1st & foremost. It’s just a matter of how we’ll go about doing it. We’ll have to draft a pass rushing DE or LB, if not both, and maybe a DT, especially if we intend to run a lot of the 4/3 DEF.

Getting stouter DEF against the run from our front 7 will prevent Nolan from having to bring his safeties up for additional run support. We also need better overall pass coverage from our LBs. How many times did we see a LB or DB get to the QB only to have the QB avoid the sack?

There are tons of LBs, DBs & DLinemen who can get to the QB, but only a select few are able to consistently bring him down when he gets there. Biermann has gotten to the QB numerous times, but he hasn’t been able to make the kill. Once Abraham got leverage on a blocker, knew how to drop that shoulder go strong for the QB. You seldom saw him miss when he got there.

We have far too many missed sack opportunities because our pass rushers don’t know how to closeout once they’re near the QB. Getting a stronger inside pass rush would make our DEs more successful even if we started Massaquoi & Mathews. As much as I’d like to see us get a pass rushing DE in this draft, I’d much rather see us draft DT Short from Perdue.

He’s the best interior pass rusher in this yrs draft, and he’d be a perfect compliment to Babs, Peters & Robinson, or Walker or Jerry if either resign. We can find a competent pass rushing specialist at LB in the 2nd or 3rd rd. I hope we resign DT VWalker, because he was our best overall DT. He’s really coming on as an interior pass rusher.

FalconFreak

March 14th, 2013
12:39 pm

Sam Baker? His back injuries and weak play and he still gets a huge deal?

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Unca' Bob

March 14th, 2013
1:06 pm

Owens and Walker are my only concerns yet to sign. Grimes, not so much so. Sign him to a modest deal or let him walk. If he can.

The rest are restricted or exclusive FA’s and should come into line without a lot of fanfare.

JB Falcon

March 14th, 2013
1:17 pm

UB, let him walk. If he can. LOL (give him a crutch)

conehead433

March 14th, 2013
1:33 pm

The entire defensive coaching staff should be looking for other jobs after this past season.

louis

March 14th, 2013
1:36 pm

atl aint about nothing same ole atalanta falcons in the end they always been cheap thats why no superbowl has been reachedby them they put the money in the wrong ppl or they dont want to spend. all the team in atl just alike

WhiteShoes

March 14th, 2013
1:36 pm

Falcons are playing this right. Teams that pull triggers out of the gate tend to overspend, and on top of it piece together teams of individuals rather than units that gel together.. There are so many CB’s out there right now, and we can draft a sturdy RB on draft day, or move up through trade (a la Julio) Suring up the DLine is what we should focus on. Our worst flaw last year was stopping the run and getting to the passer. This should be the only thing on our radar right now. There is plenty of currently unsigned players that we can get as the days go by and their individual values drop.

D3

March 14th, 2013
1:37 pm

Great Thursday Cage!

Even though my biggest worry still remains whether or not we stay in the dreaded 4-3 or move to the dynamic, and easier to draft for, 3-4; I’m fairly confident that we can take care of our DE, DT, and LB situation through the draft. Same goes for RB. However, I’m most concerned about cornerback. It’s nothing against Robert McClain because I really think he could be a starter someday, but will that be this year when we’re ready to make a serious run? Not even that, but right now, we have Samuel, McClain, and Franks as our top 3 CBs. Be very surprised if don’t look to keep Owens. There are a ton of good CBs on the market and should come for a good price, not named Nnamdi and Revis. The Jags just got a very good and young CB in Derek Cox for only $5 mill a year. Keenan Lewis wouldn’t be out of range either. I wouldn’t mind paying a little extra to get a good young CB like Lewis, who is only 26.

We also can depend on the draft filling ALL our needs, unless we trade out of the 1st round and get 2 2nd rounders, and a 3rd rounder. 4th rounders rarely ever contribute from day one.

Very intriguing indeed.

Pat Yastinkas

March 14th, 2013
1:39 pm

louis,

You know they make these things called periods, right? Sorry, I couldn’t interpret your insult because it’s literally one large run-on sentence.

TBALL

March 14th, 2013
1:50 pm

So far so good

Martin

March 14th, 2013
1:53 pm

Birds better get their butt in gear… San Fran, Seattle, etc getting better while we stand pat.. Not good!!! New year, tougher schedule, I hope Tommy D has a plan or we won’t make the playoffs..

chase

March 14th, 2013
2:00 pm

We don’t need to worry about RB. If you watch the tape and look at avg yds per carry Jaquizz Rodgers
does what it takes to start. I think a quality change of pace backup running back is what the Falcons need.

PapaK

March 14th, 2013
2:02 pm

Offense: Passing game is excellent. Running game sucks, draft OL and open up some holes.
Defense: Run defense sucks, draft DT and plug up middle. Draft LB’s that can support run defense and has cover skills. Draft DE to pressure QB.

Brandon

March 14th, 2013
2:10 pm

I feel the exact way. I was hoping that we would end up etting Steven Jackson, but by the looks of things he is going to be a packer. :(

Yellow jacket for life

March 14th, 2013
2:11 pm

We cant let Swagger Vance get away. I have always said we need to give Swagger Vance more snaps and now, you see the results. The other 3 DTs on the team have missed more than 1 game due to injury Not Swagger Vance . I would hope the falcons pay up we always can depend on him.Babeneaux and Vance stats. are almost the same (2012) very interesting .Lets Go falcons rise up!!!!!! and let Grimes walk dont like the way it played out the last year and dont know what to expect with the injury . Need a good RB and help in the secondary and Hello S.B.

ameere

March 14th, 2013
2:15 pm

I know people will roast me for this. but im thinking we should bring back deangleo hall
he would fit our scheme because he likes to gamble and we can confuse qbs at the line like last yr.
he also says he stays in atlanta during this time of yr and wouldnt have a prob coming back.. he had 95 tackles last yr and 4 picks which is pretty decent.

Jimbo73

March 14th, 2013
2:22 pm

D3, as usual, great work on this post.
I was hoping that we would be able to get a sense of direction on 34 vs 43 from a free agent nose tackle signing but I guess the brain trust wants to keep the league in a guessing mode as well as the fans and make the moves in the draft. Alan Branch and Sione Pouha are still out there, so we may still get a clue if they pick one of them up. I guess time will tell. The fans will just have to be patient a little longer. In Thomas we trust . . .

PBFan

March 14th, 2013
2:27 pm

So the Falcons are quiet in FA…surprise surprise. I’m glad Tony is back but I am probably one in the crowd who thinks that the Falcons should have let him go. You have him coming back but yet you haven’t addressed your defense at all. The consensus seems to be we’ll address it in the draft. Ok but whose gonna coach your draft picks. I honestly don’t belive the coaches we have are able to coach up anybody!!! It’s been five years and nothing has changed. We need some play makers on defense…I just don’t see how you can draft them and they are ready to go. Hopefully there are more changes to come.

The Time is NOW

March 14th, 2013
2:36 pm

D3 – working off DOL’s cap number after Gonzo of 8.6 million available, and looking at your contract info on Baker, it appears to me we are currently about 6 million under the cap. Does this sound right to you?

If this is what we have now, it seems that TG was the annual big free agent signee. We may pick up a vet or two for near the minimum at a later point, then bring in the draft class and see what we’ve got. TD has always been adept at adding cheap veteran pieces to the secondary in the summer or fall who have produced when called upon. Have to hope that continues this year…

D3

March 14th, 2013
2:39 pm

Wow……….

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/14/sean-smith-lands-with-chiefs/

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/14/dont-rule-out-saints-in-nnamdi-chase/

Look, I’m not going to be a chicken little here, but I firmly stand behind the fact that we should have tried to bring back Dunta for what the Chiefs are paying him ($5 mill per year). So they have Brandon Flowers, Dunta, and now Sean Smith.

I’m like Big Ray you can only tell yourself so many times in so many different ways that “it’s going to be OK” when your team virtually does nothing but keep their own. We’ll see is all I’m going to say at the moment. Let’s wait until the draft and after for a final result. This time last year, we had the same question about CB and TD traded for Asante Samuel.

tokenwhiteguy

March 14th, 2013
2:47 pm

We do not need another 3 technique DT like Short. We need a 1 tech that will take up 2 blocks. Our Run D has suffered because we lack the girth in the middle to clog up running lanes. We haven’t had a good space eater since Grady Jackson. Our first 2 picks should be D line. 1. Pass Rushing DE 2. Space Eater DT Then we should focus on a TE, Coverage LB, RB, and CB.

D3

March 14th, 2013
2:54 pm

OK, I’m done with being patient and understanding…………

Keenan Lewis – DB – Steelers
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Saints and free agent CB Keenan Lewis are “close” to a deal that could be finished on Thursday.
Lewis made the trip down to New Orleans for a visit on Wednesday. The soon-to-be 27-year-old played a lot of zone in Pittsburgh, but Saints DC Rob Ryan likes to play man. Lewis has good size at 6-foot and 208 pounds, so he can handle it. He and Jabari Greer would make a nice outside corner duo.

GDMT:arrow: I know I just said preach patience, but we have more room than the GD sAINTS and we’re sitting here doing nothing. I wouldn’t be that upset if we didn’t have SO MANY M-EFFIN’ HOLES ON DEFENSE! OK, we get an LB, DL, and RB in the draft. So what about CB?

Just irritated seeing all our rivals get better and we’re doing nothing. Like I said, if we didn’t have so m any holes it wouldn’t be a big deal, BUT WE DO!!!!!!

The Time is NOW

March 14th, 2013
2:56 pm

Don’t worry D3, it won’t change anything. No doubt the FO has a plan, and there is no panic in them (which I take to be a good thing). Time will tell whether their plan is a good one…

ryan

March 14th, 2013
3:01 pm

Falcons waited to long to go after someone now FA drying up WTF TD and Mike Smith .

The Time is NOW

March 14th, 2013
3:05 pm

There are still an awful lot of fish in the free agent waters. It appears there will be for quite some time. We just have to wait for the market to settle and see what we do. You know they are working the phones. For better or worse, we’ll just have to wait (one of the things we fans are called on to do quite frequently)…

D3

March 14th, 2013
3:05 pm

Oh and by the way, ……………

http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/nfl/257976/report-revis-bucs-trade-hangup-is-13th-pick

Holes

DE (x 2 if we stay in 4-3)
DT (one of weakest in NFL, in my opinion)
LB (one great LB)
CB (Asante and………..)
RB

I’ll just say we’ll get RG worked out one way or another. So now we see not only our NFC rival trying to get better, but our own DIVISION rivals getting better. Say we plug 3 of the holes with picks 1 – 3, that still leaves 2 major holes.

Screen Pass

March 14th, 2013
3:06 pm

“Just irritated seeing all our rivals get better and we’re doing nothing. Like I said, if we didn’t have so m any holes it wouldn’t be a big deal, BUT WE DO!!!!!!” – D3

Hard to not be upset currently so I won’t take any shots. We kinda had to know how this would play out. If Gonzo comes in at 7-8mil then there is the FA period ruined right there. I find it funny not one but TWO Taints players can give up almost their entire salaries to get the team under the cap but mister I need to use you to get a rin Gonzo can’t come in on a vet minimum good will tour year. I wouldn’t care if he actually played or not, just not kill our cap. I get it that the Taints are cheating again as no-one would actually give up their salaries the way those two did, there is dirty business going on no doubt, but hey if they can why can’t we?
Gonzo’s probable 7-8mil single year cap hit could have been 3-4 cheap FA signings with some cap manipulation. That right there is most of our holes.

LRD

March 14th, 2013
3:07 pm

Dunta to the chiefs…

ryan

March 14th, 2013
3:20 pm

Just frutrating seeing Falcons so quiet and other teams getting better wish there some news .

ryan

March 14th, 2013
3:24 pm

Should we be worried with Tampa getting better Seahawks 49er’s stronger i know we keep hearing TD will do something but by then it will be to late .

JB Falcon

March 14th, 2013
3:26 pm

For all of the fans complaining about us not getting a big FA signing, they’re sometimes not all they are cracked up to be. Read the following article by Ashley Fox, you can skip the video on M Wallace.
http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9051732/nfl-miami-dolphins-rue-free-agent-signings

ryan

March 14th, 2013
3:29 pm

Are the Falcons looking at Ellis i think we get a RB in the draft .

John Waynesworld

March 14th, 2013
3:35 pm

Jim Irsay ‏@JimIrsay

Those 100 million suit cases need fortifying…we’re getting north of 120 million..not counting private plane fleet n celebratory “KRYSTAL”!

The Colts are signing everybody they can get to HUGE contracts. How does that work? Is it like the Eagles where everybody’s contract will be up at the same time? This guy is just too dang happy about the salary cap!

SG

March 14th, 2013
3:36 pm

When I saw Avril go off the board, I was ready to hang it up for awhile. But for whatever reason, I remembered Sando’s great post regarding Nolan’s SF draft picks before the 49ers game: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/88840/nolans-best-decisions-could-cost-him-now

Now couple that with when TD came into town (along w/ SW’s favorite head coach ;) he stated that the team would build the foundation thru the draft, but then bring in “specific” acquisitions as needed. Specifically as referenced a year later Peter King’s 2009 article “….. “The thing about Bill and Scott that I admired about their relationship is how honest they could be in their discussions about players. If they were at loggerheads on a player, they’d move on to another player, because they trusted each other’s opinion so much. And I appreciated how they’d use different ways to build their team. Just when you think you’ve got them figured out — you know, the ‘Patriot Way’ — they’d pull something you wouldn’t expect.”

http://boards.atlantafalcons.com/topic/3838964-thomas-dimitroffs-philosophy-and-type-of-player-he-likes/

I think we can agree Cagers that about 4 years later, there are some substantial nuggets in that article holding true today.

Now that my wish list no longer can include ‘my main man’ Avril, am I, or are we losing sight of the bigger long-term picture? With Nolan on-board, do we know have our version of Bill and Scott in Mike and Thomas?

Big Ray

March 14th, 2013
3:44 pm

D3 ,

You’re feelin’ it now, huh? I find that it’s worse when you peronsally target a guy or guys you think the team should get.

For some it’s Steven Jackson. For you, a guy like Keenan Lewis. For me, Sammie Lee Hill. There are others. We watch them go to other teams and it makes us crazy.

Here’s the worst part – we’ll quickly “settle” for another tour with Abe just because we’d rather go with the familiar and somewhat stale instead of the unknown and the lack of splashes we think should be made.

So in a way, that’s on us. Yet in another way, we can’t see going back into battle with the same soldiers, expecting different results. All I can say is what I said last time. FA isn’t over, the draft isn’t here yet, there are miles to go.

Re-signing the guys we did so far has been good. TG88 situation still bothers me, not because of him but because of money and philosophy. I worry that the approach isn’t where it needs to be, that the team isn’t thinking forward enough.

That said, TD has yet to actually fail, so I can’t really back that up. Has he made mistakes? Yep. But the man hasn’t failed. Two worst mistakes I can think of are Peria Jerry and Ray Edwards. Unfortunately both are/were DL. And then there’s the matter of the OL, where he hasn’t necessarily succeeded.

I await the next slew of moves and feel that the draft is going to be more critical than it has been the last 2-3 years.

SG

March 14th, 2013
3:45 pm

When I saw Avril go off the board, I was ready to hang it up for awhile. But for whatever reason, I remembered Sando’s great post regarding Nolan’s SF draft picks before the 49ers game: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/88840/nolans-best-decisions-could-cost-him-now

Now couple that with when TD came into town (along w/ SW’s favorite head coach ;) he stated that the team would build the foundation thru the draft, but then bring in “specific” acquisitions as needed. Specifically as referenced a year later Peter King’s 2009 article “….. “The thing about Bill and Scott that I admired about their relationship is how honest they could be in their discussions about players. If they were at loggerheads on a player, they’d move on to another player, because they trusted each other’s opinion so much. And I appreciated how they’d use different ways to build their team. Just when you think you’ve got them figured out — you know, the ‘Patriot Way’ — they’d pull something you wouldn’t expect.”

http://boards.atlantafalcons.com/topic/3838964-thomas-dimitroffs-philosophy-and-type-of-player-he-likes/

I think we can agree Cagers that about 4 years later, there are some substantial nuggets in that article holding true today.

Now that my wish list no longer can include ‘my main man’ Avril, am I, or are we, losing sight of the bigger long-term picture? With Nolan on-board, do we now have our version of Bill and Scott in Mike and Thomas?

Big Ray

March 14th, 2013
3:45 pm

waynester

March 14th, 2013
3:47 pm

Lots of new (to me) posters on here this afternoon. Welcome guys–
OK, enough Mr. Nice Guy.
Those of you who are freaking out right now are torturing yourselves without cause. The best way to “win” Free Agency is to do exactly what we’re doing. There are over 400 FAs and after teams add their draftees, there are over 200 vacancies remaining. That’s a lot of competition–which tends to drive costs WAY down– getting you the most bang/buck.
For the posters who claim we’re the ’same old Falcons’ who for “5 years” haven’t made any changes on defense–I can only guess that you’re blowing smoke, since we’ve drafted defensive players every year and added FAs on “D” every year and revamped our coaching staff to boot. “Every defensive coach should be fired”????
Panicking over a specific position is what brought us Jerry and Ray Edwards(and Baker, for that matter).
“Time is NOW” is even being patient–with a handle like that you know he’s hungry for a ring–just like all of us–especially the guys who pay for and operate this franchise. If there was a player the braintrust felt was a “must get” they’ve clearly demonstrated a willingness to go for it. That they haven’t just shows you that they’re playing this offseason correctly…
Kick back, put on some Marley, light up and chill…it’s going to be O.K…..

D3

March 14th, 2013
4:11 pm

waynester — Ultimately, you’re right and I completely agree. It’s just when you have your sights set on someone you know could be a good addition for relatively cheap, it just annoys you. I truly believe that the Seahawks have a Eagles-esque “Dream Team” collapse awaiting them in 2013. Russell Wilson tweeted #ChampionshipOffseason in one of his tweets.