FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. It happens with every NFL franchise, and it happened with the New York Giants and Osi Umenyiora.
The NFLs hard salary cap and the fleeting nature of careers mean that teams are constantly drafting and developing talent to replace their higher-priced veterans even if those veterans are Pro-Bowlers who have helped your team to win the Super Bowl multiple times.
A few years ago it happened with the Falcons and veteran safety Erik Coleman. Coleman arrived in 2008 with the advent of the Thomas Dimitroff-Mike Smith Era and started 33 straight games, and helped to tutor Thomas DeCoud, a 2008 third-round pick, and William Moore, a 2009 second-round pick. Coleman sprained his knee in the 2010 season opener and Moore started the remaining 15 games of the season. By the end of season, Coleman was out of a job with the Falcons and last season DeCoud and Moore each had flourished into Pro-Bowlers.
While Umenyioras tenure in New York reached greater heights than Colemans ...