Breaking: The Atlanta Falcons Franchised Brent Grimes But He’s Not Going To Sign Off.
The Atlanta Falcons are one of the latest teams to use the franchise tag to keep a potential free agent from testing the open market. In that motion, they secured the services of stand-out corner back Brent Grimes; or have they?
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff appeared on a local radio show 790 The Zone’s Mayhem in the A.M. to explain what the team’s intentions are regarding Grimes.
“Our feeling is, Brent Grimes is an excellent athlete with the ability to move, cover, break on the ball with some of the top corners in this league and we feel comfortable with his abilities, the way that he’s picked up our system and settled in nicely in the few years since we have been here,” Dimitroff told 790.
“We feel like, as we all know, you’re always looking for corners that can settle into your system and cover and stay in phase, as what we call it often, and make big plays on the ball. I think Brent Grimes does that, obviously, against big, small, fast or slow receivers in this league. We’re encouraged about having him back.”
It’s hard to believe that Grimes went undrafted in the 2006 draft out of Shippensburg, but that is the case.
Since working up the Falcon’s depth chart, Grimes has become the team’s playmaker in the secondary. He has earned a fan given nickname “ Spider Man” for his penchant for seemingly climbing through the air to snatch the ball away from receivers who a split second earlier apparently had a sure handed catch.
All may not be well in the land as the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter has just reported that Grimes will not sign the tender.
“We have no plans to sign the tag at this time,” said Ben Dogra, Grimes’ agent. “We hope to be able to continue to discuss [through] all the issues at the appropriate time.”
With $10 million dollars in tag money at bay, Grimes is obviously not looking for good money this year, he’s looking for a long term deal, which the club is obviously onboard with as indicated by Dimitroff’s statements.
Stay tuned as the Falcons have this and issues with MLB Curtis Lofton and others to sort out.