At the start of Free Agency the Atlanta Falcons had a large number of potential Free Agents and after a few in-comings and out-goings around $7 Million in cap space. Before Free Agency officially started the Falcons signed two unattached players in Lofa Tatupu to a 2 year deal and also added former Jacksonville Guard Vince Manuwai however since Free Agency officially began on Tuesday the Falcons have been quiet. Let’s recap what’s currently happening with the Falcons in Free Agency.
Brent Grimes- Grimes was given the franchise tag, although has yet to sign it as he wants a long term deal and could hold out if no agreement is made.
John Abraham- Re-Signed- Abraham hit the open market for less than 3 days and despite rumoured interest from the Broncos and Titans Abraham is back in Atlanta having signed a 3 year deal with the team on Friday.
Curtis Lofton- The Falcons spoke to Lofton’s representatives at the combine and the talks were described as amicable but with the signing of Tatupu and last year’s third round draft pick Akeem Dent on board the Falcons look more and more like parting ways with Lofton who has an offer on the table from Tampa and is due to visit the Saints this weekend both team in the Falcons division! The reality could be that now Abraham has re-signed the Falcons may not have the Salary Cap room to bring back Lofton.
Kelvin Hayden & James Sanders- Both of these defensive backs were picked up in free agency late last year and both played well and helped the team especially Sanders as Hayden had some injury problems and only appeared in 8 games. Hayden was due to meet with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday but to this point no agreement has been reached.
Eric Weems- The Falcons kick returner has signed a three year contract with the Bears. With so many Touchbacks in today’s NFL the position of kick returner is not so important and the Falcons can easily give these duties to someone already on the roster like Douglas or Franks.
Todd McClure- The Falcons veteran centre looks like he will have to find what would only be his second ever NFL team and the Rams are interested. The emergence of Joe Hawley last year has obviously played a part in this but McClure would bring some stability to an ever changing O-Line.
The Following players have all been re-signed:
Harry Douglas, Chris Redman, Antone Smith, Jason Snelling, Michael Palmer, Vance Walker, Kroy Biermann & Thomas Decoud.
Mike Cox, Reggie Kelly, Kirk Chambers, Brett Romberg and Mike Peterson.