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#1 g-dawg

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:43 PM

Falcons Free Agents to Let Walk:
Jonathan Babineaux, DT (getting into unproductive zone in years - too much money, not type of DT we need - being replaced)
Peria Jerry, DT (like the Sopranos, "its over")
Joe Hawley, OC (you will see why in a minute)
Chase Coffman, TE (not getting any touches, must be in Falcons doghouse like he was in Cincy on HardKnocks)
Jeremy Trueblood, RT (waiver white trash)
Omar Gaither, LB (who?)

SALARY CAP:
$126.6 million = 2014 cap (announced yesterday)
$116.9 million = Cap figures for 2014 for top 51 Falcons under contract next year http://overthecap.co...lcons&Year=2014
$ 9.7 million = currently under 2014 cap

Moves to create cap room:
$7.00mm - retire Tony Gonzalez
$5.25mm - cut Asante Samuel
$3.00mm - cut Thomas DeCoud
$2.00mm - cut Stephen Nicholas
$1.30mm - cut Garrett Reynolds
$18.55mm = additional cap savings

$7.5mm COST = rookie salary pool for Falcons w/ top 5 picktowards 2014 cap

$20.75mm under cap after all moves above (net of rookie pool)

Re-Sign current Falcons:
Corey Peters, DT - 3yrs, $9mm = $3mm/yr towards cap
Robert McClain, CB - 2yrs, $4mm = $2mm/yr towards cap
Dominque Franks, CB - 1yr, $1.3mm = $1.3mm/yr towards cap
Mike Johnson, OT - 1yr, $1mm = 1.0mm/yr towards cap (one more chance to prove he can be healthy/productive - last chance!)

Unrestricted Free Agents from other Teams
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Alex Mack, OC-Browns, 6'4", 311lbs - let's face it,  Konz is a back-up at best and Hawley is a free agent(let go) that has not shown enough in four years on the team.  Mack is a "top 5" center in the game and we know that the center is the quarterback of the offensive line - won't be cheap but will be worth it.  Konz goes to the bench to back-up at center and guard positions.
CONTRACT: 6yrs, $39mm - $18mm guaranteed - $6.5mm/yr average towards cap


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Arthur Jones, DT-Ravens 6'3", 315lbs - this guy played for a champion(Ravens) and is an emerging force as a run-stopper and pocket collapser in the pass rush.
CONTRACT: 4yrs, $19mm - $9mm guaranteed - $4.5mm/yr average towards cap

FINAL CAP for 2014 $124.15 cap ($2.45mm cap remains)


NFL DRAFT - FALCONS:
The Falcons will likely go either 0-3 or 1-2 over the next three games.  If we go "ofer" then we will lock-up the #2 pick in the draft.   If we go 1-2, then we will likely pick around #5.  The only round where the pick difference will matter is in round#1.   Here goes:

1st round - #1-002-Jadeveon Clowney(DE)-6'6", 268lbs-South Carolina
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1st round - #1-005-Khalil Mack (OLB)-6'3", 245lbs-Buffalo
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2nd round - Gabe Jackson(OG)-6'3", 340lbs-Miss. State
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3rd round  - Daniel McCullers(DT)-6'6", 351lbs-Tennessee
4th round  - Jeremy Attaochu(OLB)-6'3", 242lbs-Georgia Tech
5th round  - JC Copeland(FB)-6'1", 270lbs-LSU
6th round  - Aaron Murray(QB)-6'1", 208lbs-Georgia
7th round  - Marcel Jensen(TE)-6'6", 270lbs-Fresno State

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:51 PM

You think Murray will fall that far?

Other than that I don't see anything here I'd be upset with.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:00 PM

I like this quite a bit. I don't 'hate' Clowney, but I'd prefer a trade back if we're in a position to draft him. If we're picking a few picks later, I'd prefer one of the top LTs (Matthews, Erving, Kouandjio), or if we're as low as 9, Nix or Hageman.

Mack's level of competition makes me nervous. He'll have some proving to do between now and the combine.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:01 PM

View PostAtlantaFanatic, on 12 December 2013 - 01:51 PM, said:

You think Murray will fall that far?

Other than that I don't see anything here I'd be upset with.
If he does, I'd love to grab him. I think he's a backup that could win a few games, and then be worth something in a trade.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:16 PM

View PostAtlantaFanatic, on 12 December 2013 - 01:51 PM, said:

You think Murray will fall that far?

Other than that I don't see anything here I'd be upset with.

yeah, I think he could drop.  He was likely to drop to 3rd round anyway given his small size and flirts with accuracy issues from time-to-time.   Now, throw in a deep QB class and an ACL, and he will get pushed down even further.

agree w/ Rugger - Murray is not an NFL starter but quality back-up guy that could win you a few games when starter was out.

pix for rest of draft:

3rd round  - Daniel McCullers(DT)-6'6", 351lbs-Tennessee (Stone Mountain - cannot be moved in middle)
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4th round  - Jeremy Attaochu(OLB)-6'3", 242lbs-Georgia Tech
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5th round  - JC Copeland(FB)-6'1", 270lbs-LSU  (yeah, we are running it, try and stop us!)
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6th round  - Aaron Murray(QB)-6'1", 208lbs-Georgia (this man won't slide on the 5yd line!)
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7th round  - Marcel Jensen(TE)-6'6", 270lbs-Fresno State (think he could throw a block or two)
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:18 PM

think ravens will resign jones. also think browns resign mack

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:20 PM

Nice write up as alwasy gdawg.  Now let me ask you why Mack over Barr in the draft if Clowney is gone?

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:21 PM

I like everything about this mock, g-dawg, except for the safety position not being addressed. Sure, Motta has played well, but I don't see him as much more than solid depth.

Maybe instead of McCullers you grab Joyner, who is playing CB right now, but was a superstar at safety last year for FSU.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:24 PM

What is the point in drafting Murray?

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:28 PM

View PostPsychic Gibbon, on 12 December 2013 - 02:24 PM, said:

What is the point in drafting Murray?
Because we need a back up?
People often complain about our general lack of depth... depth at the QB position is worse than anywhere else on the team, save-maybe- the OL.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:29 PM

View PostPsychic Gibbon, on 12 December 2013 - 02:24 PM, said:

What is the point in drafting Murray?
its a 5th round pick.   If this man comes in for a few games while Matty Ice is on the mend, probably will go ofer and miss the playoffs.   Falcons have been playing w/ fire with no legit backup.
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:29 PM

I like Mack but i dont think its smart to keep throwing big money at the O-LINE.... You can build an O-Line without doing that...

I would rather sign guard Geoff Schwartz for 3 or 4 mil a year.. Or Jon Asamoah... or Rodger Saffold ..

I just think its other more cost friendly ways to fix the O-Line

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:32 PM

View PostFalcanuck, on 12 December 2013 - 02:21 PM, said:

I like everything about this mock, g-dawg, except for the safety position not being addressed. Sure, Motta has played well, but I don't see him as much more than solid depth.

Maybe instead of McCullers you grab Joyner, who is playing CB right now, but was a superstar at safety last year for FSU.

its definitely a weakness - i just don't think Motta is a dropoff from DeCoud - maybe he's not an upgrade but don't think he's a downgrade.   There would be enough salary cap left to sign an old vet to a 1 year deal if need be.

More money would come off books in 2015 and we could address free safety in a future year or convert a good tackling cornerback like Franks or somethin'.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:34 PM

View Postatljbo, on 12 December 2013 - 02:29 PM, said:

I like Mack but i dont think its smart to keep throwing big money at the O-LINE.... You can build an O-Line without doing that...

I would rather sign guard Geoff Schwartz for 3 or 4 mil a year.. Or Jon Asamoah... or Rodger Saffold ..

I just think its other more cost friendly ways to fix the O-Line

I just think - even though we have Konz and could have Hawley - just think neither of those guys are the answer.

I think there are answers in the draft to play right guard (Gabe Jackson/Cyril Richardson/David Yankey).

I am not really spending money on the offensive line except for Mack - he's a legit stud - none of the guys you mentioned are.  We are only stuck w/ Baker for two more years - if we add Alex Mack and Gabe Jackson to go with Blalock, we have turned the Falcons interior offensive line from a weakness to a strength.

While we don't have star-power at the left and right tackle position - we have usuable starters/depth in Baker/Holmes/M. Johnson/Schreader.   I think with an upgraded/strong  interior offensive line, these guys would perform better.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:36 PM

View PostGTJeff1975, on 12 December 2013 - 02:20 PM, said:

Nice write up as alwasy gdawg.  Now let me ask you why Mack over Barr in the draft if Clowney is gone?

Mack is NFL ready in my opinion and less bust factor.  Barr has played position for two years and still developing.  Barr could be very good - just a little more risky to me.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:50 PM

View Postg-dawg, on 12 December 2013 - 02:34 PM, said:

I just think - even though we have Konz and could have Hawley - just think neither of those guys are the answer.

I think there are answers in the draft to play right guard (Gabe Jackson/Cyril Richardson/David Yankey).

I am not really spending money on the offensive line except for Mack - he's a legit stud - none of the guys you mentioned are.

Thats big money and i think you just need a good center.. Not a Stud center.. Geoff Schwartz has been a very good guard this year starting lately for KC... I have no idea why this guy hasnt gotten a chance to start yet....

I would role with who wins between Hawley and Konz (this is a make it or break it offseason for him) ... Sign Geoff Schwartz ... Give me a JaWuan James in the 3rd round.. I think we will have a better O-Line next year

We would also have a lil more cap to do another move.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:53 PM

View Postatljbo, on 12 December 2013 - 02:50 PM, said:

Thats big money and i think you just need a good center.. Not a Stud center.. Geoff Schwartz has been a very good guard this year starting lately for KC... I have no idea why this guy hasnt gotten a chance to start yet....

I would role with who wins between Hawley and Konz (this is a make it or break it offseason for him) ... Sign Geoff Schwartz ... Give me a JaWuan James in the 3rd round.. I think we will have a better O-Line next year

We would also have a lil more cap to do another move.

just disagree.....you are talking about $2mm/yr extra cost for Mack over Schwartz and he's a much better player - we will just agree to disagree my friend.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:57 PM

GDawg by far my favorite mock poster. I have been riding with your mock picks for a couple of years now.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:58 PM

View Postg-dawg, on 12 December 2013 - 02:53 PM, said:

just disagree.....you are talking about $2mm/yr extra cost for Mack over Schwartz and he's a much better player - we will just agree to disagree my friend.

I agree... Overall.. I like the Mock... I feel like with the 1st pick we get a good rusher

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:59 PM

Dawg My maan.

I like it and I know Arthur Jones is your man Linval Joseph is mine mate all I'm looking for inside is more stout in the middle you throw Joseph next to Peters our run woes are gone the key for us is getting teams in that situation where we can release Clowney and Umenyiora.

I also think we can get Joseph for alot cheaper than Jones aswell to basically do the same job.

I wonder how much of Jones's pocket wrecking presence is because of Ngata.

Mack I no OC is a key piece but Hawley & Konz hmmmm I wonder if we can get away with both by plugging them in and letting them go at it for another season.

Jackson yep for sure anything that allow's Ryan to step up and help with the running game is a given.

Overall though the head space is right with all your moves though.....Posted Image Posted Image




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