All Quiet on the Falcon Front

The Atlanta Falcons have been extremely quiet this free agency period. They have signed guard Vince Manuwai and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks, respectively. In addition to these signings, they have brought back rotational defensive end Kroy Biermann, starting free safety Thomas DeCoud, slot receiver Harry Douglas, backup quarterback Chris Redman, backup running back Jason Snelling, and rotational defensive tackle Vance Walker.

They put the franchise tag on Brent Grimes (which he has no plans to sign). Backup tight end Michael Palmer and backup running back Antone Smith were also signed.

That’s it.

Prior to the start of free agency, multiple analysts identified Atlanta as a likely destination for Mario Williams. It is a move that would make sense; Williams would fill the spot left by John Abraham. Also, with the current regime’s résumé of making free agency/offseason splashes (Michael Turner in 2008, Tony Gonzalez in 2009, Dunta Robinson in 2010, Julio Jones and Ray Edwards in 2011) and owner Arthur Blank’s willingness to pay these acquisitions, it seemed all but certain the Falcons would make a strong push for Williams.

However, money is an issue. Robinson did help the Falcons out a bit by restructuring his contract. Still, it’s not nearly enough to seriously pursue Williams, or any other top-tier free agent.

The conclusion that can be drawn from the aforementioned is the Falcons have their guys. General manager Thomas Dimitroff, head coach Mike Smith, and Blank believe the players they have now are capable of winning a Super Bowl. It’s up to new coordinators Dirk Koetter and Mike Nolan to get the best out of the players on the Falcons’ roster.

That’s hard to stomach for the fans who have seen this regime go to the playoffs three out of the last four years and post a 0-3 record, the last being an utterly embarrassing loss to the New York Giants. It’s certainly difficult to stomach for me. But, with this regime’s track record, it’s not out of the question to think they have a plan.

Regardless, the Falcons’ methodical approach to free agency has satiated very few fans.

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2 thoughts on “All Quiet on the Falcon Front

  1. […] made this assertion in an earlier post to explain the Falcons’ “inactivity” in free agency. In an interview with […]

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