The Dirty Bird Posted January 18, 2012 Share Posted January 18, 2012 (edited) Mike Nolan is going to continue to run a base 4-3 defense in Atlanta, but he will certainly incorporate 3-4 looks at times. What we currently lack is a 3-4 edge rusher, but there is a trade that we can make that bring us a stud pass rusher.It starts with using the franchise tag on Brent Grimes. It's clear our coaching staff and front office don't have Brent in the long term plans for whatever reason they have, but if he left we'd have a gaping hole at CB and pass defense is already our teams biggest weakness as is. Thus tagging Brent just for the sake of having him on the roster makes a ton of us.Step 2: Sign Tracy Porter away from the Saints. The Saints are going to have to pay Drew Brees an obscene amount of money and then they have to worry about Carl Nicks -- with Patrick Robinson on the roster as the nickel back and recent 1st round pick it seems that Tracy Porter is going to be the odd man out. Much like Meachem on that team, Porter is going to be very underrated. He's a shutdown cornerback with phenomenal speed and he can bump into the slot to cover opposing teams best WR (Pats and Welker) if need be. He'll be cheaper than Grimes on a long term deal so this makes a ton of sense.Step 3: By signing Porter and franchise tagging Grimes, we have totally dried up the cornerback market in free agency. There are two teams in particular that could badly use a good cornerback, and both have impending free agent defensive ends that perfectly fit our 4-3 soon-to-be-hybrid scheme.--- Option A: Houston Texans and Mario Williams. The Texans continued to have a great defense, perhaps the best front 7 in the NFL, with Mario out for the year. With glaring holes in the secondary, particularly at the CB spot opposite Jonny Joseph, the Texans would probably love to add Grimes to make their defense even better. The Texans are also likely to tag Mario simply because he's just too good to let walk. If we can trade Brent and a future 2nd rounder pick for Mario Williams, it will be Thomas Dimitroff's coup d'etat. It makes a ton of sense for both teams, and would solve a lot of our pass rush problems. His best position is 4-3 DE, but he showed early last season that is more than capable of rushing the passer standing on two feet out of a 3-4 alignment.--- Option B: Detroit Lions and Cliff Avril. The Lions have even worse secondary needs than the Texans, but it seems that they are more focused on signing Avril long-term than the Texans are on signing Mario. They do however already have a ton of money sunk into their D-Line and if they give Avril the contract he is demanding then they won't be able to do anything with their secondary and will likely continue to be early playoff exiters. If the Lions tag Avril, we can do the same trade for him. Avril has been a stud at 4-3 DE for the Lions, but at Purdue he was a DE/LB hybrid and he's a very fluid athlete. I have no doubt that he can be a very effective edge rusher in a 3-4, and I'm sure many 3-4 teams are saying the same thing (being from NY, I know Jets fans are talking about him).Obviously a key here is bringing in Tracy Porter (or another viable corner in free agency) so we can trade Brent to fill our pass rushing need. There's always the chance that no team will take Brent in a trade (doubtful), but having a stacked secondary with Dunta, Porter, and Brent as the nickelback is definitely not a bad thing for next season keeping in mind we have to beat the Saints and Brees, Colston, Moore, Graham, Henderson, and maybe Meachem to win the NFC South.Would you be willing to tag and trade Brent for Mario Williams or Cliff Avril? Edited January 18, 2012 by The Dirty Bird Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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