Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 3/2/12
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With only three days left before the deadline to do so, the Falcons announced that they will place the franchise tag on starting left cornerback Brent Grimes, a Pro-Bowler in 2010, keeping him off the market for at least a year and guaranteeing Grimes a salary of approximately 10 million virtually a four-fold increase over his 2.61 million salary of last season. Speaking on the teams flagship radio station, 790 The Zone, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff disclosed the news and provided updates on negotiations with a number of its other 17 pending free agents. NFL free agency starts on March 13. 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 the league and we feel comfortable in his abilities, Dimitroff said. The way hes picked up our system, hes settled in very nicely over the last years since weve been here and we just feel, as we all know, youre always looking for corners who can sett...
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