Friday, January 25, 2013
Atlanta's decision on Grimes
By Tim Kavanagh
The market for veteran CBs this offseason could be quite an active one, with several notable names with expiring contracts (and Darrelle Revis reportedly available via trade). It's just a matter of whether the players in question reach some sort of deal to return to their current team (via multi-year pact or franchise tag). One big name out there is Brent Grimes, who was the Atlanta Falcons' franchise taggee in 2012.
It's not likely that the Falcons will use the tag on Grimes again, as this would engender a one-year salary at 120 percent of the 2012 tag rate (which was $10.6 million, and would thus be $12.72 million). According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution it's not clear that the Falcons are necessarily interested in signing Grimes to a deal at the market rate. They have already invested heavily in the CB position -- with Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson on the roster -- so adding another big salary there may not be fiscally sound compared to finding an option in the draft.