g-dawg Posted April 3, 2013 Share Posted April 3, 2013 After Umenyiora deal, Falcons are $2.9 million under the capBy D. Orlando LedbetterANALYSIS OF THE FALCONS' FREE AGENCY PLANFLOWERY BRANCH – NFL fans in other cities have a major gripe with their ownership.Some owners take the big television revenue check and stuff it their big fat pockets.Falcons fans can rejoice because owner Arthur Blank has not been shy about letting his football men spend up to the cap in order to field the best team possible. And, he’s getting ready to authorized a major expenditure to re-sign quarterback Matt Ryan to a deal that’s projected to land in the $126 million to $138 million range.The official contract numbers for defensive end Osi Umenyiora’s deal are at the NFLPA office and with 59 players under contract the Falcons’ cap number is $123.58 million. They are actually $303,399 over the cap. However, per league rules, counting just the top 51 contracts, they are at $120.34 million and are $2.93 million under the cap. The Falcons committed $91.08 million to retain safety William Moore, tight end Tony Gonzalez, tackle Sam Baker, running back Antone Smith and right guard Garrett Reynolds.The Falcons also committed $24 million on running back Steven Jackson and Umenyiora to push their total offseason number to $115.08 million.Cornerback Dunta Robinson was snapped up by the Kansas City Chiefs and some of their reserves have moved on, including quarterback Luke McCown (Saints), cornerback Brent Grimes (Miami) defensive end Lawrence Sidbury (Indianapolis), defensive tackle Vance Walker (Oakland) and tackle Will Svitek (New England).Running back Michael Turner and defensive end John Abraham are in the group of former Falcons who are still available.Here’s our Falcons free agent tracker:RETURNEESThe Falcons committed $91.08 million to retain safety William Moore, tight end Tony Gonzalez, tackle Sam Baker, running back Antone Smith and right guard Garrett Reynolds.The Falcons also committed $24 million on running back Steven Jackson and Umenyiora to push their total offseason number to $115.08 million.Cornerback Dunta Robinson was snapped up by the Kansas City Chiefs and some of their reserves have moved on, including quarterback Luke McCown (Saints), cornerback Brent Grimes (Miami) defensive end Lawrence Sidbury (Indianapolis), defensive tackle Vance Walker (Oakland) and tackle Will Svitek (New England).Running back Michael Turner and defensive end John Abraham are in the group of former Falcons who are still available.Here’s our Falcons free agent tracker:WILLIAM MOORE, SS: Moore received a five-year contract worth $29.512 with escalators that could take it up to $32 million. Moore received a signing bonus of $8.25 million and his cap number for 2012 is $3.9 million. He is set to receive base salaries of $2.25 million (2013), $3.5 million (2014), $3.5 million (2015), $4.5 million (2016) and $6.25 million (2017).ANTONE SMITH, RB: He signed a two-year, $1.425 million deal.GARRETT REYNOLDS, OG: Reynolds two-year deal was worth $2.58 million. He received a $500,000 signing bonus, with $700,000 of the deal guaranteed. His cap number for 2013 is $1 million. He set to receive base salaries of $715,000 (2013) and $1.285 million (2014).SAM BAKER, OT: He signed a six-year, $41.1 million deal with $18.25 million guaranteed. Baker also received a $10 million signing bonus. Baker’s base salaries are $1 million (2013), $3.25 million (2014), $4.5 million (2015), $5.25 million (2016), $6.5 million (2017) and $6.6 million (2018). Baker’s cap number is $3 million for 2013.TONY GONZALEZ, TE: He signed a two-year, $14 million contract and will count for $5.25 million on the 2013 salary cap. He’s set to receive a base salary of $3.5 million and he has a bonus of $3.5 million. In 2014, his base salary is $4.0 million with a roster bonus of $3 million if he plans to continue playing. A two-year deal was done in order to spread his bonus money out over two years.FREE AGENT PICKUPSTEVEN JACKSON, RB: He signed a three-year, $12 million deal. Jackson’s deal, of which $4 million was guaranteed, has a cap number of $2.916 for 2013. He received a $3.5 million signing bonus and has base salaries are $1.75 million ($500,000 guaranteed in 2013), $3 million (2014) and $3.75 million (2015).OSI UMENYIORA, DE: He signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal with an escalator clause that could take the deal up to $12 million. He has a cap number of $3.75 million. He received a $2.5 million signing bonus.PLAYERS LOSTLUKE McCOWN, QB, NEW ORLEANS: He signed a one-year contract. He had a $825,000 base salary last season. Dominique Davis, who didn't play a snap last season, is currently the No. 2 quarterback.BRENT GRIMES, CB, MIAMI: He signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with a $2.25 million signing bonus. A total of $3 million of the deal is guaranteed. He also received a $25,000 workout bonus.CHRISTOPHER OWENS, CB, CLEVELAND: He signed a one-year, $1 million deal. A total of $300,000 was guaranteed.LAWRENCE SIDBURY, DE, INDIANAPOLIS: He signed a one-year, $780,000 contract with $65,000 signing bonus.Will SVITEK, OT, NEW ENGLAND: He signed a one-year, $1 million deal with $500,000 guaranteed.VANCE WALKER, DT, OAKLAND: He signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Raiders. He has a $1.3 million base salary with a $500,000 signing bonus and $200,000 workout bonus.RE-SIGNED WITH ANOTHER TEAMDUNTA ROBINSON, CB: He signed a three-year deal worth $13.8 million. He received a $3 million signing bonus.STILL AVAILABLEJOHN ABRAHAM, DE: He has visited Seattle, San Francisco and New England.MICHAEL PALMER, TE: He played in 44 games and made four starts over three seasons. He caught 21 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns.MIKE COX, FB: The former Georgia Tech standout started 11 games for the Falcons over the past two seasons and played in 16 games overall. He also played three seasons with the Chiefs.CHRIS HOPE, FS/SS: Former Pro Bowler played well on special teams last season and saw some action in the dime defense in the playoffs.MICHAEL TURNER, RB: He was officially released because of a failed physical, which was listed in the league transactions. Turner aggravated an ankle injury in the NFC championship game. He limped off the field in the third quarter and did not return. The team did not announce any additional information about the injury or if he required offseason surgery. Turner played in all 18 games last season and rushed for 800 yards on 222 carries during the regular season. He had a groin surgery after the 2011 season. Turner plans to keep playing in the NFL.RETIREDTODD McCLURE, C: He announced that he will retire after 14 years in the NFL trenches. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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