Atlanta Falcons Potential Free Agents

How Active will Falcons Be in 2014?

One of Few Great FA Signings (AJC)

(Part 3 of Thomas Dimitroff’s Moves will Come After Free Agency)

With a little over a week away until the free agency bonanza hits, the Falcons actually seemed more poise to make moves than they had in quite a long time. That could be a good thing (Michael Turner), a bad thing (Osi Umenyiora, Steven Jackson), or something to give fans nightmares as they head to sleep (Dunta Robinson, Ray Edwards). The Falcons haven’t made many moves in free agency because they’ve recently focused on keeping their own and not needing to add much via the market.

But that was before the trainwreck of 2013 and a team that showed to have more holes than a screen door. The Falcons also happen to be in one of the most comfortable positions in terms of cap savings, AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter estimates it at $26.7 million, with the ability to create more in terms of restructuring current players contracts (Roddy White, Justin Blalock, etc) or cutting others (Thomas DeCoud, Steven Jackson, Osi Umenyiora, etc). There’s so many ways the Falcons could go about fixing this team, but fans will find a lot more about their direction when free agency starts. Dimitroff has taken both tacts in his past: being aggressive early on with Michael Turner and Dunta Robinson and letting the market completely settle with the likes of Steven Jackson and Ray Edwards. Even though there’s a chance the Falcons could well sit still, the lack of activity with their own impending free agents and the burden to make up for their awfulness in 2014 may see the Falcons make some moves this time around. A look at some possible free agents the Falcons could be targeting:

Defensive End

Remember this FA Move? (AJC)

This is what so many outside experts thinks the Falcons “should” do to alleviate one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL the last 6 years. To be fair, it makes complete sense, but they should look more at what’s going on with their defensive tackle situation first. They have only two DT’s under contract, Travian Robertson and Adam Replogle, and neither project as frontline starters. But you never know. Greg Hardy received the franchise tag, as did OLB/DE Brian Orakpo.

Michael Johnson

Age: 27 / 5 Years / 202 Career Tackles / 26.5 Career Sacks

With Greg Hardy getting the franchise tag, Johnson immediately sprints to the top of the DE class. He’s young and loaded with potential, a rare species for pass rushers in the NFL. He had 11.5 sacks in 2012, but dwindled all the way down to 3.5 sacks when All-Pro DT Geno Atkins was lost for the year. If that sounds eerily familiar, fans remember one Ray Edwards who got back-to-back 8 sack seasons before coming to Atlanta and getting……3.5 sacks. Someone will likely overpay for Johnson and it’s just too risky for the Falcons to go for broke when they have so many holes on the roster.

Michael Bennett

Age: 28 / 6 Years / 129 Career Tackles / 23.5 Career Sacks

This seems like a good idea after the Seahawks failed to keep him Seattle, at least not using the franchise tag on him. It was a shock that he settled for such a low deal (1 year / $5 million) anyway, and even harder to imagine that Dimitroff and the Falcons didn’t even kick the tires, settling for a 32 year old Osi Umenyiora instead. Bennett only technically started 3 games last year, but was a big part of the Seahawks defensive run to the Super Bowl title. He’s averaged 9 sacks the last two years with two different teams. Bennett will probably be looking to cash in after going on a one year “prove it” contract. Hard to know what the market will look like for Bennett, but he’s definitely more of an option than Johnson.

Lamarr Houston

Age: 26 / 4 Years / 220 Career Tackles / 16 Career Sacks

Another Bad FA Move (AJC)

Houston is a very intriguing prospect who likely won’t command the top dollars like Johnson, but he could be a player in pole position for a breakout. He’s started all but 4 games for the Raiders the last 4 years and his sack total seems to be on the rise (1 in 2011, 4 in 2012, 6 in 2013). Houston could be a nice fit in an attempt to add several tough players on the lines, instead of just one. Houston is already bigger as a DE (6’3, 300 lbs) than any defensive tackle the Falcons have had in years.

Justin Tuck

Age: 30 (31 in 3 weeks) / 9 Years / 453 Career Tackles / 60.5 Career Sacks

Surely the Falcons will not elect to resurrect Giants Southeast bringing in Tuck who is only one year younger than Umenyiora, but stranger things have happened. He had a burst last year in pulling down 11 sacks on a pretty bad Giants defense, but this would the same old song and dance the Falcons have done for years in bringing in guys right at or well past their prime.

Jared Allen

Age: 31 (32 in April) / 10 Years / 442 Career Tackles / 128.5 Career Sacks

Same with Tuck, the Falcons are in a sort of “rebuilding mode” on defense (even though they’ve essentially been in perpetual rebuilding mode for 6 years) and Allen wouldn’t do very much for that. But his consistency at getting after the passer is unbelievable and frankly unmatched.

Everson Griffen / 4 Years / 85 Career Tackles / 17.5 Career Sacks

Even though the Falcons probably will never take another defensive end from the Minnesota Vikings ever again, this could be an option if they are looking for a young player who could possible “break out” and compete against who’s already on the roster (Massaqoui, Goodman, Maponga). He’s only started one game in 4 years, but 17.5 sacks career sacks is about quadruple any Falcon not named Abraham or Babineaux and their respective totals.

Tyson Jackson / 5 Years / 209 Career Tackles / 9 Career Sacks

Babineaux appears set to leave (AJC)

Like Griffen, Atlanta could look at Jackson who’s roundly considered a bust after being taken #3 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. He’s surely not been a pass rusher, but most 5-techniques in a 3-4 do the dirty work. He’s not your traditional defensive end at 6’4, 296 lbs, but he may try to revitalize his career and the Scott Pioli connections are of course there. He likely wouldn’t command much money at all on the open market.

Defensive Tackle

It may not be glamorous, but this is where fans want to see the Falcons go first and foremost. After all, they have drafted 3 defensive ends the last two drafts in addition to signing one via free agency last off-season. As mentioned earlier, the only two DT’s currently signed are Robertson and Replogle. Babineaux has been good, but not great. Same goes for Corey Peters. Neither have been a #1 stud on the DL without a big body next to them. Most are begging for the Falcons to get as big and strong as possible at DT.

Linval Joseph

Age: 25 / 4 Years / 175 Career Tackles / 9 Career Sacks

Easily the most popular free agent among almost all Falcons fans. He’s the big body DT that fans have been craving for years. At 6’4, 322 lbs, Joseph could finally start a process of building the Falcons defensive line the right way. Signing a young guy like this opens up a ton of possibilities in terms of keeping their own (Babineaux, Peters) and the draft. However, fans will never get their hopes up too high until this front office or coaching staff believes it’s OK to have defensive linemen bigger than 300 lbs sopping wet.

Jason Hatcher

Age: 31 (turns 32 in July) / 8 Years / 205 Career Tackles / 27 Career Sacks

Hatcher blew up for 11 sacks in year, but the same as the other past-prime free agents, why would the Falcons invest in someone who had one stellar year and is set to be 32 years old? They already have Babineaux if they decide to go that route.

Paul Soilai

Age: 30 / 7 Years / 160 Career Tackles / 4.5 Sacks

The Jerry Experiment Seems Over (AJC)

The ultimate 1 technique nose guard. Fans would feel they’ve died and gone to heaven if they signed Soliai, with his size (6’4, 340) and ability to free up other players to make plays, such as Babineaux, Peters, and a possible draft pick. He just turned 30, but he’s surely got a few more years left in him. If they can sign Umenyiora when he was 32 and Mike Peterson when he was 33, than they surely can take a chance on a just-turned 30 year old (in December) who would instantly remake this DT position.

Henry Melton

Age: 27 / 5 Years / 5 Years / 89 Career Tackles / 15.5 Career Sacks

The Chicago Bear was one of the biggest names last year racking up 13 sacks in 2 years at DT, but he’s coming off an ACL injury after only playing 3 games in 2013. Does Melton really offer anything a whole lot different than what they have in Babineaux, except a little younger? The last thing the Falcons need is another DT with knee issues (see 2009 1st round pick).

Arthur Jones

Age: 27 / 4 Years / 120 Career Tackles / 8.5 Career Sacks

Jones is technically listed as a defensive end, a 5-technique in a 3-4 defense, but his size (6’3, 315) is easily bigger than any defensive tackle for the Falcons in 6 years. Jones may not command top pay, but he could be a very good option for the Falcons in their bid to get “tougher and more gritty” on the lines. He could be very valuable and versatile in Mike Nolan’s system.

Red Bryant (((Signed with Jacksonville)))

Age: 29 (30 in April) / 6 Years / 120 Career Tackles / 3.5 Sacks

Somehow Bryant was considered a “defensive end” in Seattle, and his numbers aren’t anything to write home about, but Bryant was a key cog in Seattle’s defense being dominant en route to a Super Bowl title. At 6’4, 323 he’s not quite your prototypical 1 technique, but he’s close. He was able to plug the middle and allow Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, the LB’s, and secondary to make plays. While he’s set to turn 30 next month, Falcons fans would convulse in joy to finally have some beef in the middle. But most won’t believe they’ll break their “not DT’s over 305 lb” rule until they see it.

Pat Sims

Age: 28 / 6 Years / 192 Career Tackles / 7 Career Sacks

Hard to believe that Sims would be at the top of their list to bring in, since he is very similar to what they already have on roster in terms of height and weight (6’2, 310). If they decide to let Babineaux go, and sign a bigger name DT, than perhaps Sims comes in the conversation as a 2nd DT signing.

Right Guards

Reynolds Gone, and Hawley? (AJC)

It’s hard to understand if the Falcons don’t shore up this via free agency. Since the Harvey Dahl disaster, this has been arguably the worst performing position, and certainly the most unstable, on the entire team. Sure, they could gamble and take a right guard in the second round or try to trade back and get one in the first, but when is the last time Dimitroff has traded BACK in the draft. Waiting to take one in the second would limit their options with their first. There’s really no downside at all to finally address this spot once and for all. The even better news is that there’s plenty of options here.

Jon Asamoah

Age: 25 / 4 Years / 41 Career Starts

One of the two best right guards on the market, and the other is his former teammate. Asamoah (6’4, 305) has been rock solid at right guard and had nabbed the starting job in only his second year as a pro. He was rated as the 17th, 15th, and 20th best overall guard (including LG and RG) in the entire NFL the last three years. That includes last year where he only played 12 games. Some think that it may be a risk since he got “replaced” by Geoff Schwartz late in the year, but he’s light years better than anything the Falcons have had since Dahl left.

Geoff Schwartz

Age: 27 (28 in July) / 4 Years / 26 Career Starts

The bigger of the two chiefs, Schwartz (6’6, 340) has played both tackle and guard and ended up starting over Asamoah down the stretch, either due to an injury to his teammate or coach’s decision. Either way, Schwartz made the most of his opportunity, ranking as the 8th best among all guards in the NFL. The only other season he played mostly guard (2010), he ranked as the 16th best. He offers the ultimate in versatility, playing both guard spots and right tackle in his career. Sounds like Smitty’s “cross-training kind of guy.” Asamoah might be ranked a touch higher, but the Falcons could possibly score a homerun with this pickup.

Zane Beadles

Age: 27 / 4 Years / 62 Career Starts

Beadles (6’4, 305) may be rated lower than the Chiefs, but he has almost as many starts himself as they do combined. In fact, he’s only missed 2 starts out of 64 since being drafted. Those includes two years in keeping the best QB in the league upright and mostly clean. He ranked 21st, 73rd, 17th, and 51st respectively, according to Pro Football Focus. So, he’s definitely had some consistency issues and it will be more risky, especially considering the Falcons abysmal development system, particularly with linemen, but at least he’s shown he is capable of being good, which is already better than what they’ve had.

Willie Colon

Age: 30 (31 in April) / 7 Years / 78 Career Stats

Colon (6’3, 315), the longtime Pittsburgh Steeler, has won a Super Bowl (2009) and been to another (2011). This would likely be a shorter term solution if they wanted to draft and develop a right guard through the draft (don’t laugh) and bring in some quality veteran experience to an OL in dire need of it. He actually played exclusively at tackle until he was moved to guard in 2012, where he’s ranked as the 35th and 36th best guard since. A Colon signing would almost have to coupled with a high draft pick, as he’s not shown to be a stud at OG.

Kevin Boothe

Age: 30 (31 in July) / 8 Years / 62 Career Starts

The New York Giant doesn’t have the best resume. In fact, he didn’t earn a permanent starting job in the NFL until the last two years for the Giants. He actually rotated between center and guard this past season and graded out negative overall in both. If you’re going the “vet insurance” route, might as well go with someone who’s a little better (Colon, etc).

Travelle Wharton

Age: 32 (33 in May) / 9 Years / 111 Career Starts

Wharton was a main reason that led to the Panthers huge turnaround, the NFC South title, and #2 seed in the NFC in 2013. They appear ready to part with him and he ranked as the 5th best overall guard in the NFL. Problem is, he’s set to turn 33 years old and he may be ready to hang up his cleats. Like other options, if the Falcons plan to draft and develop a guard, Wharton could be a great short term answer for a few years while the draft pick gets his legs under him.

Free Safety

DeCoud flying out? (AJC)

With the news that Thomas DeCoud’s release might be imminent, this has been the hot topic for free agency. If DeCoud is ultimately released, the Falcons can ill afford to go with a rookie as a first year starter, especially with the plane crashes on the offensive and defensive lines. This may be a case of the Falcons poking around in free agency and even bringing in a “insurance vet” for competition before deciding to keep DeCoud. The big buzz is around arguably the best free agent on the market, Jarius Byrd, but can the Falcons really afford to spend big dough on another periphery player when the lines are so awful?

Jarius Byrd

Age: 27 / 6 Years / 356 Career Tackles / 22 Career Ints / 3 Career Sacks

3 time All Pro in 5 years. There’s really nothing else to say besides he’s one of the best football players in the National Football League. He’s probably the best overall free agent in this year’s class and most are assuming that the Falcons might make a run at him. On the positive side, if the Falcons ultimately cut DeCoud, they could put his almost $5 million salary towards Byrd. The downside is that Byrd will be commanding the highest amount of money on the market. The question is whether the Falcons can afford Byrd for the long haul with so many issues on both lines.

T.J. Ward

Age: 27 / 4 Years / 342 Career Tackles / 5 Career Ints / 3.5 Career Sacks

Outside of Byrd’s interceptions, much of everything else with Ward matches up fairly closely with the 3 x All-Pro. Even though they’re eerily similar in height and weight, one has been cemented as a free safety, and the other a strong safety. Ward will be a much cheaper option overall, but the issue is thinking of pairing two strong safeties together and asking one to man the free safety position. Murf Baldwin of the Bleacher Report actually makes a really case of William Moore moving to free safety, the position he pulled down 9 interceptions at Missouri. They may be worried about the deep ball, but they would bring a toughness and tenacity to the secondary, at a much cheaper price.

Louis Delmas

Age: 26 (27 next month) / 331 Career Tackles / 6 Career Ints / 5 Career Sacks

Motta played decent (AJC)

It was reported that the Falcons weren’t interested due to “injury concerns.” Which is ironic, because they had no problem whatsoever giving Sam Baker a mega-contract ($41 million, in case you forgot), who’s barely played half of all possible games since he was drafted and hanging onto Peria Jerry for years after being an injury bust since being drafted. To be fair, Delmas has had some issue with injuries, but just completed a full season with the Lions. He would be a major upgrade over DeCoud and be way cheaper than Byrd.

Chris Clemons

Age: 28 / 278 Career Tackles / 4 Career Ints / 1.5 Career Sacks

Clemons is also listed as a strong safety, so it would be a similar signing to Ward and would ask either Clemons or Moore to convert to free safety. The Dolphin doesn’t have the gaudy numbers of the higher rated safeties, but he’s extremely solid. He was ranked as the 19th overall safety, including both free and strong safeties, and actually ranked 9th in coverage. Mike Nolan should be very familiar with him from his days as Dolphins defensive coordinator.

Donte Whitner

Age: 28 (29 in July) / 669 Career Tackles / 10 Career Ints / 47 Passes Defensed

Like Ward and Clemons, bringing in Whitner would have to move either him or Moore to free safety, but the Falcons couldn’t ask for much better after Byrd and Ward. Whitner ranked as the 6th overall safety and 5th in coverage. He’s a little older than some of the other free agent safeties, but he’s been instrumental in the 49ers recent defensive success.

Tight End

This appears to be one of the weaker positions in free agency and the Falcons probably won’t be looking anyways. However, even if they do believe that Levine Toilolo is the answer going forward, an extremely optimistic outlook all on it’s own, then they still need two more tight ends. They appear to be ready to let Chase Coffman walk, so a lesser name signing might be in the cards. Too bad they let Michael Palmer walk last year, even as a 3rd TE.

Brandon Pettigrew

Age: 29 / 284 Recs / 2,828 Receiving Yards / 16 Career TDs

With Dennis Pitta staying in Baltimore, Pettigrew evidently becomes the best TE on the market in an otherwise weak class. He’s definitely not lived up to his first round draft pick billing, but could be a good fit with all of Atlanta’s other weapons. Like any other frontline starter, it’s doubtful the Falcons will “block” Toilolo from starting. He ranked as 55th TE out of 64 according to Pro Football Focus, showing how thin this TE class is in 2014.

Dustin Keller

Age: 29 / 241 Recs / 2,875 Receiving Yards / 17 Career TDs

Coffman on way out (AJC)

Keller is coming back from a gruesome ACL injury and likely won’t command very much and will probably sign a one year “prove it” contract. Keller is a good receiving TE and could complement Toilolo if signed. Problem is, he’ll turn 30 this year and would only be a short term solution.

Garrett Graham

Age: 27 / 78 Career Recs / 832 Receiving Yards / 8 Career TDs

Graham has been a backup for the Texans for awhile before having a pretty good season in Houston. He pulled in over 500 yards receiving and 5 TDs. It might make sense as a low risk / possibly high reward option.

Jermichael Finley

Age: 26 / 223 Recs / 2,785 Receiving Yards / 20 Career TDs

Finley would definitely be the best option on the table if not for his medical concerns. He says he’s ready to go, but he’s missed significant time during his career. He’s had character concerns as well, which means he’s likely not on Atlanta’s radar.

Scott Chandler

Age: 28 / 135 Recs / 1,623 Receiving Yards / 14 TDs

The Buffalo Bill is not the splashy name, but he’s been a consistent target in the pass game over the last few years. He had years of 6 TDs in 2011 and 2012 and had 655 yards receiving last year. He’s a little older than some of the others, but he might be a good fit to pair with Toilolo for a lot less than other free agents.

Center

By all accounts, the Falcons probably will roll with Peter Konz and Joe Hawley at center in 2014, but that doesn’t mean they should. They were supposedly in talks with Hawley, but no signing has been announced on the eve of free agency. They’re probably letting the market value his price and then re-sign him. Even though Alex Mack got tagged, there’s still good options available.

Brian De La Puente

Age: 28 (29 in May) / 4 Years / 44 Career Starts

The rival Saint isn’t the best free agent center on the market, but he’s been solid protecting Brees over the years. He ranked as the 16th best center according to Pro Football Focus. If they decide to get a veteran center for a little cheaper, he might be a good option.

Evan Dietrich-Smith

Age: 27 / 5 Years / 25 Career Starts

OC a wreck since McClure left (AJC)

Even though Dietrich-Smith has been in the NFL for 5 years, he only started for a full season just last year with the Packers. He made the most of it, ranking as one of the best centers in the NFL. The Packer ranked as the 8th best center in the NFL and one of the very best in pass blocking (4th). With Alex Mack essentially being taken off the market, Dietrich-Smith is the best center. This could be a great and young signing that could finally put this position in good hands. Too bad the Falcons are likely married to their pitiful draft picks.

Wild Card

Champ Bailey

Age: 35 (36 in June) / 785 Career Tackles / 53 Ints / 142 Passes Defensed

This likely won’t happen and the Falcons seem pretty set at cornerback with Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford, and Robert McClain, but this would definitely be a sentimental signing for the former UGA All-American and Folkston, GA standout and it would have to be a very low contract. He said he was open to playing safety, so it’s possible, just not likely.

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D3

March 9th, 2014
12:25 pm

Will be stepping away for awhile, but wanted to give my wish list for free agency (knowing full well that we will not sign ANY OF THEM)………………..

Center
Evan Dietrich-Smith
Brian de la Puente (as a distant second)

Right Guard
Jon Asamoah
Geoff Schwartz
Zane Beadles (very distant 3rd)

Defensive Tackle
Linval Joseph
Arthur Jones
Paul Soilai

Defensive End
Michael Bennett
Lamarr Houston

Free Safety
TJ Ward (obviously I want Byrd, but not breaking the bank)
Donte Whitner
Louis Delmas or Chris Clemons

Tight End
Garrett Graham
Scott Chandler

darrell starks

March 9th, 2014
1:01 pm

D3 – Wow Brother a great post, you really did your home work on this one.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

March 9th, 2014
1:04 pm

Look like the Falcons might land Jon Asamoah.

He could be our starting center specially if the Falcons draft Gabe Jackson at #37.

GO GALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Knew Money

March 9th, 2014
1:10 pm

D3

Another great job as always.

Everson Griffen just resigned with the Vikings 5 years $42.5 million.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10578183/everson-griffen-minnesota-vikings-signs-five-year-425-
million-deal

If he can get over $8 million per year, Bennett and Houston, who are both better, will demand over $10 million.

So I think that it’s time for the Falcons to look to improve at other positions like you mentioned at FS, OC, OG, DT,

I’m hoping that the Falcons go all in on Byrd. Even if that means spending $9 million.

This would make the Falcons have one of the best young secondaries in the NFL.

He’s the #1 that I would to see the Falcons target. The only all-pro on this list.

tbhawksfan

March 9th, 2014
1:11 pm

Malcolm Jenkins at FS is my guy. Much cheaper but a quality starter. L Houston over Bennet because I don’t want to give Bennet a max. Houston is quality and much cheaper. Plus I’m drafting a DE in the second. Asamoah, Hawley on the OL. Best DT possible. Hopefully Joseph, but I’m also drafting DT.

So I put the money into DT and OG; A solid, but not expensive FS, a much cheaper TE than Graham, a FB and a CB. That’s my FAcy.

Can we trade H Douglas for a late second, early third? He’s a solid #2 and cheap. Also get something for Decoud. Even though he doesn’t fit our scheme, he’s a decent cover FS, but expensive. Can we get a mid to late 4th for him?

If TG isn’t retiring, trade him for something.

I sign Hawley; He looks like a guy that can be a solid starter for us. Bierman is gone as are most of the unrestricted guys. Babs gone. OT M Johnson a maybe, they need to see if he’s healthy and still has potential. McClain as deep CB depth. Osi is here for one more year.

darrell starks

March 9th, 2014
1:16 pm

My Free agent signing

Offense

JON ASAMOAH C 4years 22mill = 5mill a year

EUGENE MONROE LT 5year 30mill = 6mill a year

Defense

LAMAR HOUSTON DE/DT 5year 25mill = 5mill a year

LINVAL JOSEPH DT 5year 22mill = 4.5mill a year

JARIUS BYRD FS 5year 35mill = 7mill a year

= 27mill

With Decoud 4mill and Gonzalez 7mill and also cut Kroy 4mill you still have around 14mill in cap space left.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tbhawksfan

March 9th, 2014
1:18 pm

We shouldn’t even sign a DE. We have Osi, and 3 young guys. There are some nice DE’s in the beginning of the second: Crichton, Tuitt DT/DE, Murphy maybe Attaochu

Draft big money positions: QB, OT, DE and we’ll keep a good cap.

Sign OG, DT as our big signings. M Jenkins as an affordable but quality FS and then look for depth.

More should be made of TD’s great work managing the cap. When you put the body of his work (completely changing the Falcons culture) and our current and future great cap situation, gotta give TD credit. Needs to draft better. Great year to start.

tbhawksfan

March 9th, 2014
1:32 pm

Here’s my FAcy

DT: L Joseph
OG: J Aosamoah
FS: M Jenkins, Ward, Byrd
CB: solid third CB
FB: bulldoser…with hands…
TE: don’t spend too much, but a contributor

I think we’ll keep Hawley as our starting C. There are also some solid mid round Cs.

I’d love to hear others thoughts on Decoud and H douglas trade value. In my mocks, I trade them and get a late 2nd for Douglas and a mid 4th for Decoud.

tbhawksfan

March 9th, 2014
1:39 pm

After the above FAcy I look to trade back. I think Lewan will be there until Bal picks at #17. I try to trade back with Dallas at #16 and pick up #47 and #78 in the deal. We still get Lewan and a 2nd and 3rd.

tbhawksfan

March 9th, 2014
1:41 pm

H Douglas and our 6th and 7th for #50?

Decoud and #135 for #90?

Are these possible deals or just me dreaming up picks?

darrell starks

March 9th, 2014
1:46 pm

tbhawksfan – HD in my opinion is a bust, yes he did have over 1,000yards but when watching him play it seen deceiving, he no explosive at all after the catch.

Decoud need to go point blank period.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SG

March 9th, 2014
2:02 pm

Thanks D3. Keep on teaching it :-)

Nookah

March 9th, 2014
3:08 pm

Unca' Bob

March 9th, 2014
3:11 pm

D3,

Thank you my friend. The hits just keep on coming.

Grits Blitz

March 9th, 2014
3:13 pm

D3-Still on point w/ accurate research! Sadly, the bookies in Vegas side w/ you…FO likely won’t sign any of them.
They’ve already targeted “genius gems” nobody has hardly heard about to give fat “tracts” for multiple years! Like BOGO deals. FO = Be afraid…very afraid.

Grits Blitz

March 9th, 2014
3:14 pm

WARRIOR-please reply as to what you say, sir, to my 3/8 post to you at 9:34 a.m.. Must have some rain from the Godfather! Thanks.

Nookah

March 9th, 2014
3:16 pm

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
3:24 pm

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
3:32 pm

GB, I think SW has already addressed your question.
Seminole Warrior
March 9th, 2014
10:38 am

Grits

Nookah

March 9th, 2014
3:34 pm

Nookah

March 9th, 2014
3:45 pm

Ken Strickland

March 9th, 2014
3:52 pm

Well CAGERS, FA will start in earnest in the next few days & who we sign in FA to fill what positions will dictate the direction we ultimately take in our upcoming draft. FS will be a crap shoot, & as far as the other positions of need(OT, OG, DT & DE), TD & Co will most likely have specific players already targeted.

Despite the fact that many think OT is our top position of need, it’s actually RG. Why, because we haven’t had a single person on our roster that’s proven capable of filling the position since HDahl. Plus, it’s been the biggest contributor to our OC & RT problems as well as pass & run blocking.

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
4:07 pm

Nookah, Byrd and Asomaoh? We can only hope.

JJ

March 9th, 2014
4:52 pm

GO JR!!!!!!!!!

48 year Falcon fanatic with 0 Super bowl wins

March 9th, 2014
5:00 pm

Falcons need to rebuild in almost every area. Some of our best remaining players are over 31 years. We are no even sure Julio’s injury will not be a ongoing problem. This will not be a quick fix. After this coming year’s soon to be underperformance, Arthur will realize that TD is not a good talent evaluator. Your GM must be your best talent evaluator because you lose your best assistants.Since Ozzie will probably never leave the Ravens, I would try to hire Mike Mayock away from ESPN.

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
5:06 pm

1/2 a frickin’ lap! JJ, been wondering where you went! Uh, Go Falcons.

JJ

March 9th, 2014
5:55 pm

JB, Just catching up on the weeks blog, been working overtime in buckhead…same streat that Justin Bieber kid is renting from Dallas Austin…multiple helicopters every day hes in town…these neighbors will not put up for this very long…lol.

Arno, So sorry to hear about your boy, love dogs as Elvis and Rocky are cage members!

SW, WR: welcome back my friends, always instantly brings a smile to my face when I scroll down and see one of you guys…it’s been a long and curvy road since we all me at DOL’s so many yrs ago!

Awesome Dawson, nice job buddy…your work on the cage/blog is unfrickinbelievable…We cagers get the benefit but few know how much time you put into it with kids, wife, work and now soccer mom’dad coach…lol…j/k.

Thanks again for all your work on Dawsons CAGE!!!!

Greg Mendel

March 9th, 2014
5:55 pm

The only FAs worth considering are salary cap casualties. Expensive ones.

The rest are codgers, has-beens, never-beens, and hospital patients. The Falcons are going to have to pay bigtime for any player whose own team wouldn’t sign him.

Seminole Warrior

March 9th, 2014
5:57 pm

Grits

Here is the Tee Pee Analysis:

JC Copeland. In full disclosure, I will admit that it took the Tee Pee some time to take a look at this young man. I can see why many would see potential in his game. However, I and the Tee Pee staff are not inclined to move in the direction of him as the fullback going forward for the team.

I am perfectly happy with releasing Bradie Ewing (another wasted selection) and moving on with the DeMarco kid. He is a tremendous value at the position and did a fairly good job by most accounts. Actually, when I look at DeMarco, I see some similarities to former 49er greats, Tom Rathman and FSU’s own William Floyd. Both were very solid blockers, both were capable of breaking off the occasional surprise big run, and both were very solid receivers.

Fullback value is not what it once was. Given the “hurry up” aspect of the offense, any back lining up on the field should be two things; elusive and a great receiver. That is the heart and soul of the WCO which SHOULD be the pulse by which the core of Koetter’s offense is based. The power rushing aspect should be situational if we are to truly maximize the potential of the players on the roster.

Guys like Smith and Rodgers are scat-backs; they are not meant to be the pounders that were part of the original process that Stooge Three and the CFA stated would be the staple of Atlanta football when they arrived. I will give credit where it is due; the offense did work however because we were so one-dimensional, it became very predictable to game plan against. Lack of innovation as well as internal squabbling between the CFA and Mad Mike hurt this effort.

The ships that were Harvey Dahl and Will Svitek has sailed and it is clearly time, in my humble opinion, to get younger and look to the future.

When it comes to the O-Line and D-line, It is past time for a REAL commitment to player development and building a core for this team that will last over the next 4-7 years.

Specific, focused free agency and scouting MUST be paired with an discipline draft selection process that brings in the best talent addressing the team’s immediate AND long term needs. Honda and Toyota did not become giants in the industry by focusing on splash and dash; they focused on quality and long term sustainment of the brand.

Some will disagree with me on this point but the Falcons need to find a WR in this draft or find one that can be developed post-draft. RW84 is getting older, JJ11 can’t be relied upon and will be up for a new deal soon that will cost us big (not because of what he has done RATHER because of what others will PROJECT him as in a REAL offense), and a lack of depth at the position.

Really do not know what we TRULY have in Dom Davis or Sean Renfree at the backup QB position but we damned well better find out this preseason and when possible, during the season when and if they have the chance to get some real game time experience.

And I still suggest to you that the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons will be one Josh McDaniels when and if the CFA is sent packing.

Seminole Warrior

March 9th, 2014
5:59 pm

Nookah, don’t get the hopes up only to have these guys kill them.

First, I want to see the real cap numbers because the so-called $26 million does not take into consideration the Gonzo mess and DeCoud still has not be released yet.

Greg Mendel

March 9th, 2014
6:00 pm

Make that: The Falcons are going to have to pay bigtime for any player whose own team…

couldn’t afford him.

Seminole Warrior

March 9th, 2014
6:01 pm

Thanks, JB F.

Nookah

March 9th, 2014
6:10 pm

SW,

Just posting the links bro. :)

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
6:28 pm

GM, excellent vehicles are expensive. Do you want a Rolls or do you want 5 Chevy ll’s.

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
6:30 pm

Has anyone noticed that I posted this one hour ago?

JJ

March 9th, 2014
6:43 pm

JB F, Je ne sais pas, tu parle my friend?

Arno

March 9th, 2014
6:52 pm

Take for examples Jason Hatcher DT, turns 32 in July, and Louis Delmas FS, injury concerns– while I hope these guys have continued productive careers, the Falcons can’t afford them. Not because of money– but because they convey the wrong message to the team, the fans, and most of all, do not fit the mandate given by Arthur Blank. To the team, because we have to get away from the stale approach of plugging in pre-retired vets, forgoing player development. It’s downright demoralizing to the guys on the roster paying their dues. To the fans, because we are tired of getting our hopes up for a flashy player who gets injured on the second play from scrimmage. And by Arthur Blank, because his promise to deliver a more rugged version of the Falcons should not be turned into a platitude.

D3’s wish list works great for me. Let the countdown begin!

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
6:54 pm

Disons simplement

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
6:56 pm

Arno, absolutely no FA over the age of 27.

JJ

March 9th, 2014
6:58 pm

Translation to my beer memory.
..
- I do not know–je ne sais pas

- tu parle my friend–do you know my friend.

30yrs ago french class–lol.

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
7:05 pm

JJ, Je ne parle pas français mais ont l’internet. :)

Nookah

March 9th, 2014
7:07 pm

Man the cupboard is bare, so bare you guys are speaking French? :)

JJ

March 9th, 2014
7:08 pm

Elvis, well done boy, well done!!!

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
7:08 pm

I’ve always wanted to learn a foreign language but have never wanted to bad enough to put forth the effort. I admire those who can.

marko

March 9th, 2014
7:11 pm

As always, thanks for the great work D3. One DT you omitted was Pittsburgh’s Ziggy Hood. I’ve seen him listed as a possible person of interest for the Falcons. The Steelers seem ready to let him walk. They’ve used as a 5 tech guy, and that’s really not his bread and butter. He a natural 3, and depending on what happens with Babs, could fill a gaping hole for us. When is Peterson projected to be 100%?

As an example to support my case, last year the 49ers signed Glen Dorsey as a free agent. Dorsey had been used in Kanas City in much the same way the Steelers had used Hood. In short Dorsey easily produced his best season as a pro. I’m not sure what he cost San Fran, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t bust their cap. I can only speak for myself, but I wouldn’t be upset if the Falcons pursued Ziggy.

Greg Mendel

March 9th, 2014
7:14 pm

JJ/JBF:

In 1968, I was back from Vietnam, but still in the army. My girlfriend, later my wife, spent the summer in Paris with a French family. She was young, innocent, and very cute, and was approached by men asking “Do you make love to French men?” She knew what they were asking, but didn’t know how to make them go away.

The eldest daughter of her hosts taught her how to reply “Va te faire foutre!”* It worked wonders.

* “Go f–k yourself!”

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
7:14 pm

According to a report from Pro Football Talk, the Titans are putting Johnson on the trading block since they do not want to pay him the $8 million he’s due in 2014.

Ken Strickland

March 9th, 2014
7:22 pm

http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2014/3/9/5487840/osi-umenyiora-kroy-biermann-release-atlanta-falcons-defensive-end

Here’s an article that makes a lot of sense considering the situation our overall DL is currently in.

JB Falcon

March 9th, 2014
7:31 pm

KS that post provided it’s own answer.
“Until they have new talent in place, though, I don’t see the point of cutting last year’s leading pass rusher just for the sake of saving money to add to an already large sum.”
The FO has already skinned their ignorance when they cut Abe.
I’m looking forward to Wednesday. Byrd and Asamoah is my wish.

Big Ray

March 9th, 2014
7:39 pm

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Sources-Falcons-extremely-interested-in-Jon-Asamoah.html

Would love to get this guy. In the meantime, the Bucs cut Guard Davin Joseph…