Steel City Falcon Posted February 22, 2012 Share Posted February 22, 2012 I'm not going to go out there and through out unrealistic contract numbers for FAs, but I tried to use rational when it comes to guys the Falcons have been linked to. I know a lot of people on the board want TD to go out and grab Mario Williams, and I'll admit I wouldn't hate it, but I simply don't think it's going to happen. The Falcons have some space under the cap and I see TD going after multiple productive players, rather than tying up loads of money on one guy. Notable FA to be let go:Grimes- Looking for to much money, and being an undersized DB coming off a season ending knee surgery.Abraham- Fools gold. Half his sacks came in two games against teams that are terrible.(Bucs and Jags) No show in big games.Weems- Non existent in the passing game, and he's not getting paid just to return kickoffs.Douglas- I really want him back, but I see him leaving to go to a place where he's not the 3rd WR on the depth chart.RELEASE MICHAEL TURNER!! I have been a big Turner supporter since he came here. But lets be honest guys.., he's fat, slow, and going to be on the wrong side of 30. The wear and tear of 4 straight seasons of 350+ carries showed this year. He no longer has burst or speed but worst of all he's failing to convert on short yardage down. See the Giants and Saints games! The Falcons can cut him and save 4 million. It's almost a no brainer. I would try to trade him but I dunno if another team would bite. So just cut him and move on.Notable FA returning:Lofton- He's a bigger part of the run defense than most people here realize. Yes he may not be the best dropping back in coverage, but he wasn't as bad is people think. Plus they can sub Spoon in for the nickle packages. Biermann- I struggled with this, because I think they may have to over pay him a little to keep him, but I think the upside of him playing OLB in a hybrid defense(where he just has to rush the passer) is worth it.DeCoud- I know he is highly scrutinized for his poor tackling and lapses in judgement in coverage, but he still has upside. He's a pretty hard hitter for a FS and led the team in INTs this year. I think the new secondary coach and Nolan will get the most out of him.McClure- Strictly value. He's old but he's still effective. He'll be cheap, because the Falcons are most likely his only option.Snelling- Yeah they'll finally realize he's the hardest runner on the team. With Turner gone they need a pounder. Plus they love his combination of size and catching ability.FA to be signed:Marcus McNeil, LT- He is most likely to be released by SD because he missed most of the season and in his absence his replacement played very well. I think we all agree that LT is the Falcons biggest need to address this off season.McNeil is still young so if he can come back healthy the Falcons could plug a huge hole for 2 or 3 years.Tracey Porter CB- Porter is coming off a down year and that works in the Falcons interest. It pushes him down the priority list behind Brees, Nicks, and Colston. He is an effective starting CB in the NFL and is expendable for the Saints because they still have Greer and Robinson to play CB. The Falcons can sign him away from way cheaper than it would take them to resign Grimes.Sinoe Pouha, NT- Apparently the Falcons are planning on meeting with him. He would be a nice run stuffer for a year or two as the Falcons make transition or continue a hybrid 34/43 defense.Chad Henne, QB- The Phins aren't bringing him back... point blank. But he would make a nice back up QB with actual experience. And he's a lot younger that RedmanDraftRound 2: Cam Johnson, DE, UVAI love the way he plays! I think he's the second most underrated DE in the draft behind Vinny Curry. He's coming off a down year but he's a solid player that put up nice stats in the ACC. The Falcons haveRound 3: Chris Polk, RB, UWCould be an absolute steal in the thirds round. Before this season he was ranked as the 2nd best RB in college behind Trent Richardson(ROLL TIDE!). He had a down year because everyone knew he was the only weapon UW had and he was forced to run behind a below average O Line and against a loaded box all year. He's a bigger back like Turner, but he still has decent speed and could probably gain a little more if he shed 5-10 lbs. He has above average hands and can be the lead back the same way Turner has been.Round 5: Travis Lewis, OLB , OUI don;t know if Lewis will fall to the 5th round... man I really wish they had that 4th rounder lol. But I'll place him here because ESPN still has him ranked as the #13 OLB in the draft. Players fall every year because of injury, and this is the case with Lewis. Two years ago he was ranked as a 1st round pick. He decided to stay at OU and got hurt. He recovered and returned this year to get nicked up again. 5th round picks are strictly depth picks and this is what Lewis will be. Anything more would be a great value.Round 6: Cliff Harris, CB, OregonThis is where the Falcons through caution to the wind in favor of winning. Harris was kicked off the team at Oregon and had multiple incidents but really most of them weren't as bad as were reported. He stepped in between a police officer and his brother and was charged for assult, and was caught speeding without a license. Not to say these aren't legit red flags. But come on the guy is still very talented. What happened to the last Duck to get kicked of the team and make it to the NFL. O yeah he's the lead back down their in Tampa. Harris is a high risk high reward player, and with no early pick the Falcons should gamble on strengthening the weakest part of their defense.Round 7: Chas Alecxih, DT, PITTI live in Pitt and have watched Alecixh over the past couple of years. I think if he would have stayed for next year he would be at least a 3rd round pick. He's been one of the few bright spots of Pitt's program over the past 2 seasons. But with the program in such turmoil he's jumping ship early so he's missing out on more development, which hurt his NFL stock. Very similar case as Vance Walker was a few years ago when TD drafted him. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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