Free agency started with a bang but the Falcons rallied the troops and re-signed our own instead of going after high priced free agents. Then the Falcons reached out and nabbed Steven Jackson but more on that later in the mailbag. Now we hear that Osi Umenyiora is in town. Free agency is far from over as the market isn't bearing the money that some free agents thought it would. Can the Falcons benefit from a soft market at certain positions? As we wait we put out a call to our Twitter followers and many of them responded with questions. Here is the second edition of the Grits Blitz mailbag...
@gritsblitzblog signing Steven Jackson, good or bad decision?
— Sam Purcell (@SamPurcell_) March 19, 2013
When Steven Jackson was first rumored to Atlanta I wasn't sure but after looking at how he fits with the Falcons offense...I'm sold. Jackson is a guy who is very durable (has played in at least 15 games in each of the last four seasons) and he can catch the ball out of the backfield (407 career receptions). When you think about Jackson, he's been stuck on a team that simply isn't very good as of late and other teams have been able to key on him as their best option. With the Falcons, other teams have to worry about Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. That by itself will open up holes for Jackson and will make him a very productive part of this offense.
@gritsblitzblog will the falcons look to trade some of their picks?
— Shannon(@papason100) March 19, 2013
With the four compensatory picks we received earlier this week we now have 11 picks in this draft. We can't trade those four comp picks but I believe that the other picks are now more in play than ever. I would be very surprised if we didn't take pick 127 (the original fourth round pick) and package it with something else to move up (at the very least).
@gritsblitzblog seems like we got a lot of holes on D left to fill especially pass rushers...which DE's are they looking to possibly draft?
— Jackson Webb (@jackinabox_803) March 19, 2013
I picked @GBBZach's brain on this one and he gave me some interesting candidates. His top value picks are FSU's Tank Carradine (top 40 pick), Georgia's Cornelius Washington (2nd-3rd round), Western Kentucky's Quanterus Smith (3rd-5th round) and TCU's Stanlsy Mapunga (5th round). Some other guys that are intriguing are Texas's Alex Okafer (late 1st round), Southern Mississippi DE/OLB Jamie Collins (2nd-3rd round), UConn OLB Sio Moore (2nd-3rd round), UConn's Travardo Williams (3rd-4th round), Auburn's Corey Lemonier (2nd-3rd round) and FSU's Brandon Jenkins (4th round).
@gritsblitzblog any chance that the Falcons can resign Abraham & still draft pass rushers #RiseUp
— Dion Jones (@DionJones38) March 19, 2013
There is a chance for anything, especially with what the market is looking like for defensive ends right now, but I wouldn't hold my breath. I know a lot of Falcons fans would like Abe back and I would welcome him with open arms with a better contract but we cut the guy twice over the last two years. Is he really going to swallow his pride again and come back for even less money then he did last year? I highly doubt it. To answer your other question, if we do sign a free agent pass rusher I would be shocked if we don't add another pass rusher (or two) during the draft.
@gritsblitzblog Guessing the def for the Falcons will solely be from draft? What about Osi or Revis, are they possible pickups? @jakefulcher
— Jacob A. Fulcher (@Jakefulcher) March 19, 2013
This question was submitted before Osi's visit with the Falcons broke so I think we know the answer to that part. Yes, Osi is a possible pickup. As far as Revis? I just don't see it. The Falcons went big and picked up Asante at corner last year but I don't see them going after Revis this year unless he's still sitting around this summer without a new home and the Jets are desperate to move him.
In terms of the draft, I don't think the Falcons will go "solely" on defense. We have 11 picks and some of them will probably be moved but depending on how the draft breaks we could go after a WR, RB, TE or even an interior lineman if the right one falls into our lap. WR is definitely a need with Roddy getting up their in years and HD's contract getting heavy in a year or two and not much being behind him on the depth chart.
@gritsblitzblog on a scale of 1-10, what are the chances Grimes resigns?
— Mr. Randy Watson (@ImSoSouthern706) March 19, 2013
Three? It's possible but I only see it happening if Grimes comes back on a one or two year contract that is very affordable. Right now the market doesn't look good for corners and that's good for the Falcons. Grimes has finished both of the last two years injured so he has a lot to prove before somebody pays him out big bucks on the open market, but it only takes one team to throw money at him and he's one of the best corners available on the market. The longer he sits on the open market, the better the chances that he's back with the Falcons.
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