Originally posted on ajc.com  |  Last updated 1/29/12
MOBILE — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is gearing up for free agency. With no lockout this offseason, there will be a return to normalcy in the NFL. Free agency will come first, followed by the draft. After last year’s labor dispute was settled, a frenzied free-agency signing period began in late August. The Falcons, who are projected to be about $28 million under the salary cap when it’s announced this week at the Super Bowl, are working on a few contract extensions that could keep some of their 17 unrestricted free agents off the market when it opens March 13. “That’s going to be important for us to really analyze what’s in free agency and really dig into where we are with the draft,” Dimitroff said in an interview with the NFL Network. “It just allows us to be a little bit more creative; whether if we want to make moves and how we are going to approach things.” Dimitroff’s main offseason focus is to improve the offensive and defensive lines. …
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