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Falcons players whose contracts have already expired according to Pat Yasinskas:

"Atlanta: Mike Peterson, Tyson Clabo, Harvey Dahl, Jerious Norwood, Jason Snelling, Brian Williams, Justin Blalock, Brian Finneran, Matt Bryant, Michael Koenen, Stephen Nicholas, Brent Grimes and Eric Weems.

Summary: Grimes is coming off a breakout season and likely will be classified as a restricted free agent. Most of the veterans on this list are role players and wouldn’t be considered for the franchise tag. The two long-shot exceptions could be kicker Bryant and punter Koenen. The Falcons used the franchise tag on Koenen in 2009 and let him play for the restricted free agent tender last year. The 2010 franchise tag for punters and kickers was $2.8 million. I have a tough time seeing general manager Thomas Dimitroff using a franchise tag on a punter or kicker. The Falcons don’t really have any need to use the tag."

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Erik Coleman and Jamaal Anderson are still under contracts, but might be released by the Falcons, if Atlanta decides not to go along with the salary increases to $3.6m and $3.0 respectively in their contracts for the 2011 season:

"Anderson, Coleman candidates for release

Falcons DE Jamaal Anderson and S Erik Coleman are candidates to be released this offseason.Anderson is coming off his best season in Atlanta as a key component of a better than expected run defense. The Falcons have to decide if he's worth $3.6 million with reinforcements needed at receiver, tight end, running back, pass rusher, and secondary. Coleman, due $3 million, would have to take a major paycut to return."

http://www.rotoworld...4193/player?r=1

Appears that Atlanta might try to resign RBs Norwood and Snelling:

"Falcons expected to keep RB corps intact.

Posted Jan. 28, 2011 @ 12:26 p.m. ET

By Dan Parr

We hear the Falcons would be content to head into next season with the same group of running backs that helped them finish 12th in the league in rushing in 2010. Two of RB Michael Turner's top backups — Jerious Norwood and Jason Snelling — each signed one-year contracts last offseason and their deals are due to expire in March. It's not yet clear if they will be unrestricted or restricted free agents — we won't have a definite answer on that until there is a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. We're told Atlanta is interested in giving Norwood, who played in only 12 games over the past two seasons because of injuries, another chance. He could be relatively cheap to re-sign because of his injury history. Snelling has emerged over the past two seasons with Norwood ailing and could draw interest from other teams if he's a UFA. Backups Gartrell Johnson and Antone Smith combined for 11 carries last season and both could be back."

http://www.profootba...rb-corps-intact

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If we were to release Coleman and JA98 and they signed and played/started for there team would we get compensatory picks?

No.

You only get compensatory picks for players who have contracts that expire, and then you get them only if certain conditions are met. Not all players who are lost in free agency bring comp picks.

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No.

You only get compensatory picks for players who have contracts that expire, and then you get them only if certain conditions are met. Not all players who are lost in free agency bring comp picks.

You are correct. A team can not get a comp pick for any player that they "release"/cut.

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I like Norwood but he can't stay health. Coleman is gone if he doesn't take a pay cut and even then. He might be gone. B williams is gone. Mike Peterson I can see coming back with a pay cut. He still has two more years left in him. Stephen Nick I don't know. They might let him go.

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Erik Coleman and Jamaal Anderson are still under contracts, but might be released by the Falcons, if Atlanta decides not to go along with the salary increases to $3.6m and $3.0 respectively in their contracts for the 2011 season:

"Anderson, Coleman candidates for release

Falcons DE Jamaal Anderson and S Erik Coleman are candidates to be released this offseason.Anderson is coming off his best season in Atlanta as a key component of a better than expected run defense. The Falcons have to decide if he's worth $3.6 million with reinforcements needed at receiver, tight end, running back, pass rusher, and secondary. Coleman, due $3 million, would have to take a major paycut to return."

http://www.rotoworld...4193/player?r=1

Making Moves

By: Jay Adams | February 9th, 2011

The Falcons have started to move around this offseason. As the team prepares to head to the NFL Scouting Combine later this month and the NFL Draft in April, two moves were made Wednesday. Veteran safety Erik Coleman was released by the team and veteran linebacker Coy Wire signed a new two-year deal. Wire was scheduled to become a free agent during the offseason

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that linebacker Coy Wire has signed a new two-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Additionally, the Falcons have announced that safety Erik Coleman has been released. Wire, 6-foot, 225 pounds, was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round (97th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. Wire was signed by the Falcons as a free agent prior to the 2008 season. In 2010, he appeared in 15 games serving as a captain on special teams and as a reserve linebacker. Wire contributed with eight special teams tackles and four tackles at linebacker.

Coleman, 5-foot-10, 201 pounds, was signed as a free agent by the Falcons in 2008. He was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft (143rd overall) by the New York Jets.

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