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Falcons Open Training Camp Today

There are plenty of jobs up for grabs as training camp begins. (Kevin C. Cox)

There are plenty of jobs up for grabs as training camp begins. (Kevin C. Cox)

The Atlanta Falcons open training camp today, and the road to the Super Bowl XLVIII begins.

There is one off-the-field issue the Falcons must address soon: the contract situation of Matt Ryan. The franchise quarterback  is entering the last year of his rookie deal.

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2013 NFL Draft: Falcons Select CB Robert Alford

The Falcons double dipped and selected another cornerback.(John David Mercer)

The Falcons double dipped and selected another cornerback.(John David Mercer)

With the 60th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Falcons selected Robert Alford.

I’m a little surprised. I thought for sure the Falcons would look to add a defensive end, but instead they double dip and grab another cornerback.

In a way, it makes sense. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan uses defensive backs a lot, and the Falcons were lacking in that department after losing both Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson. It also means the Falcons didn’t like any of the pass rushers available.

Alford played college ball at Southeastern Louisiana.  He totaled 10 interceptions and 20 passes defended in his collegiate career.

Check out his draft profile here.

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Falcons Looking to Trade Up in Draft

According to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Atlanta Falcons are looking to trade up from the 30th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggested the Falcons would trade up for one of the draft’s top cornerbacks. For the Falcons to draft Alabama’s Dee Milliner, it would likely take a blockbuster trade in the same vein as the trade for Julio Jones a couple of years ago. Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes or Washington’s Desmond Trufant are likely candidates.

Although drafting a cornerback would make sense because the Falcons have a glaring need with both Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson gone, they could also look to  draft a defensive end to pair with newly acquired Osi Umenyiora to help offset the loss of John Abraham.

The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft starts April 25 at 8 p.m. EST. It’ll be interesting to see what moves general manager Thomas Dimitroff will make.

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Brent Grimes Signs With Dolphins; Falcons in Market for Cornerback

Brent Grimes' departure leaves the Falcons with a need at cornerback. (Scott Cunningham)

Brent Grimes’ departure leaves the Falcons with a need at cornerback. (Scott Cunningham)

Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes has agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The deal is worth $5.5 million, and quite frankly, that’s a nice deal for Grimes.

Grimes will be 30 years old in July and he’s coming off an Achilles injury he suffered in the season opener last year. When healthy, he’s undoubtedly one of the best cornerbacks in the league. However, it’s a risky investment considering his age and injury.

The Falcons likely set an amount they were willing to pay Grimes, and he felt he could get a better deal elsewhere. The amount the Dolphins gave to Grimes was clearly out of the Falcons’ range, especially after the recent signing of defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

Grimes’ departure means the current starters at cornerback are Asante Samuel and Robert McClain. Dunta Robinson was released before free agency began, and Chris Owens signed with the Cleveland Browns. Unless the Falcons believe McClain will play the outside as well as he’s played inside when on the field, the void at cornerback will likely be addressed through the upcoming draft.

Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant is the name I’ve seen often falling to the Falcons in mock drafts. He also visited with the Falcons yesterday, so he’s clearly on their radar.

As a undrafted, undersized free agent out of Shippensburg, Grimes had to prove himself to NFL teams. He got his chance with the Falcons, and it’s good to see him get money he worked hard for. He’ll be a fine addition to the Dolphins’ secondary.

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Falcons Trading for Darrelle Revis Would be a Terrible Move

It would be a waste to trade multiple draft picks for a one-year rental. (Jim McIsaac)

It would be a waste to trade multiple draft picks for a one-year rental. (Jim McIsaac)

The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly interested in New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Unquestionably, Revis is better than any player in the Falcons secondary. He’s a true shutdown corner, and the Falcons pass defense would improve dramatically.

However, the 27-year-old cornerback is coming off a torn ACL injury. There’s also the fact he’s going into the last year of his contract, and the Falcons would need to meet his financial demands of between $12 and $16 million per year to keep him for more than one year. Otherwise, the Falcons would be trading multiple high draft picks for a one-year rental, and that’s not a feasible option when the Falcons have needs to address in the draft.

Last week, the Falcons freed up cap space by releasing veterans John Abraham, Dunta Robinson, and Michael Turner.

However, as D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out via Twitter, that cap space will be used to take care of their own:

Revis on the Falcons would be awesome, and it would continue general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s streak of making a big move each year. But as it stands now, the Falcons are in no position to take the plunge for the best cornerback in the league.

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Falcons Release Three Big-Name Veterans

The Atlanta Falcons have released defensive end John Abraham, cornerback Dunta Robinson, and running back Michael Turner.

The Falcons traded with the New York Jets for Abraham in 2006. He was originally selected by the Jets with the 13th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. The defensive end played seven seasons with Atlanta, and he notched 68.5 sacks. He had a career-high of 16.5 sacks in 2008. Last season, he had 10 sacks.

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Falcons Injury Report: Abraham Questionable

The Atlanta Falcons Piedmont Healthcare Injury Report published on Friday lists defensive end John Abraham (ankle) as questionable for Sunday’s divisional round match-up versus the Seattle Seahawks. Also listed as questionable is safety Charles Mitchell (calf).

Both safety William Moore (hamstring) and cornerback Dunta Robinson (head) are listed as probable. Cornerback Chris Owens (hamstring) is out.

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Divisional Round Preview: Atlanta Falcons Vs. Seattle Seahawks

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons’ 0-3 record in the playoffs since 2008 is well-known and brought up aplenty. The pressure is on for the Falcons to get that playoff win.

Atlanta was bounced out of the playoffs in embarrassing fashion the last two years, losing 48-21 to the Green Bay Packers in 2010, and 24-2 to the New York Giants in 2011.

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Dunta Robinson Returns to Practice

The hard-hitting cornerback injured himself last Sunday. (Curtis Compton)

The hard-hitting cornerback injured himself last Sunday. (Curtis Compton)

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson returned to practice today after being cleared from the concussion protocol.

Robinson suffered the concussion in Sunday’s loss versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Examining the Season Finale Loss

I liked Mike Smith's decision to play the starters all game. (Dilip Vishwanat)

I liked Mike Smith’s decision to play the starters all game. (Dilip Vishwanat)

I’ll go ahead and say this: I was a big fan of Mike Smith electing to play the starters throughout the game.

In 2010, the Falcons blew out the Carolina Panthers 31-10, and the starters were pulled after the third quarter. Last season, the Falcons jumped on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as soon as the game started and took a 42-7 by halftime. Some of the starters were pulled after they took a 42-0 lead in the second quarter.

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