The Atlanta Falcons used their franchise tag on CB Brent Grimes, and he is not happy with the franchise’s move. According to his agent, Ben Dogra, the cornerback does not plan to sign the franchise tag from the Atlanta Falcons. “We have no plans to sign the tag at this time. We hope to be able to continue to discuss all the issues at the appropriate time”, said Dogra.
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said that the franchise is looking forward to having those discussions with Grimes and that the club is looking at giving the cornerback a long-term deal. “We spent a lot of time on this decision and we decided that we will put the franchise tag on Brent Grimes. We are looking forward to continuing discussions with his representatives. We are excited about having him back for the next year, if not more. This is a good thing for us as an organization”, Dimitroff told 790 The Zone on Saturday.
Grimes, soon to be 29, has been the Falcons best cornerback but he was seeking a long-term deal with the franchise. Atlanta signed CB Dunta Robinson to a six-year $57 million dollar contract in 2010, with $25.5 million being guaranteed, but he has failed to live up to expectations with the organizations. In 31 games with the Falcons, Robinson has just three interceptions.Pro Football Focus has Robinson ranked as the 105th corner in pass coverage in 2011 out of 109 corners in the league.
In five seasons with the Falcons, Grimes has recorded 19 interceptions, 56 passes defensed and has 248 total tackles in 58 games played.
If Grimes does not sign the franchise tag from the Falcons, he can sit out until week 10 of the regular season, reporting for the last six games in order to get credit for one year of service and then he can become a free agent heading into the 2013 season. This was exactly what WR Vincent Jackson did with the San Diego Chargers in 2010.
It is apparent that Grimes wants Robinson type money and he is deserving of it. If Grimes decides to sit out any regular season games for Atlanta next season, the Falcons 20th ranked pass defense in 2011 will become even more porous.