The Hot Read: Brent Grimes


There has been a lot of talk recently about the possibility of Brent Grimes leaving the Falcons this off season in search of a larger contract.  Many people are leaning towards the belief that if Grimes does test the free agent market successfully and leaves our team, then our secondary will suffer greatly.  I, on the other hand, do not think that the Falcons will suffer that big of a loss if he leaves and I’ll tell you why.

First off, I want to say that I am a fan of Mr. Grimes.  He is without a doubt the best corner back on the Falcons defense.  I also do believe that they should make resigning him a priority this off season.  But, losing him would not hurt us as much because the secondary is already very suspect as it is. The Falcons pass defense was ranked a dismal 20th this season with him in the lineup.  If the Falcons lost him to free agency, there is not much room to fall.

Secondly, Grimes has proven over the last couple of years that he is one of the better corners in the league as he has been a pro bowler.  Knowing this, Grimes is probably going to want to get paid the big bucks this off season.  If the Falcons choose to not resign him then they could use some of that money to help sign draft picks or go after another free agent corner on the same caliber of Grimes.  However, lets hope they do not make the mistake of signing another Dunta Robinson has he has been a very large disappointment.

Another direction the Falcons could go is the trade route.  If the Falcons decide to resign Grimes, one thing they could do is trade him to another team for a few draft picks.  Which as every Falcons fan knows, we are lacking in that department for this upcoming draft.  In my mind, Grimes is worth at least one first rounder or even several late round picks.  This could help the front office gain the building blocks for a defense that under Mike Nolan can be a top echelon type of defense.

Now, like i said at the beginning, I am a huge fan of Brent Grimes.  His athletic ability is at the top tier for his size and position.  But the Falcons have to think about what is best for the team.  Not for one person.  I do hope they resign him, but if they don’t, I personally do not see the down side in letting him go.

 

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  • leaston

    I agree. I like Grimes and no doubt he is the best that the falcons have to offer at cornerback but paying him as much as it would take to keep him probably will not be worth it when you consider how sorry our defensive backfield is. The defensive backfield seems to always be bad for the Falcons. It’s to the point that any team coming to play the Falcons knows their best chance of winning is going to be throwing the ball against us. Just watch what happens anytime any decent passing team is playing the falcons. It’s way too easy for any passing team to move the ball downfield on this team. If you were playing the Falcons why would you not want to pass the ball against them? What is it about our defense that another team would fear? People that have been Falcon fans for years know that we were a large factor in making Jerry Rice famous. With six games certain to be coming every year for what will be quite a while against folks like Drew, Cam and Josh we will continue making quarterbacks and wide receivers famous if we don’t do something different.

  • leaston

    I agree. I like Grimes and no doubt he is the best that the falcons have to offer at cornerback but paying him as much as it would take to keep him probably will not be worth it when you consider how sorry our defensive backfield is. The defensive backfield seems to always be bad for the Falcons. It’s to the point that any team coming to play the Falcons knows their best chance of winning is going to be throwing the ball against us. Just watch what happens anytime any decent passing team is playing the falcons. It’s way too easy for any passing team to move the ball downfield on this team. If you were playing the Falcons why would you not want to pass the ball against them? What is it about our defense that another team would fear? People that have been Falcon fans for years know that we were a large factor in making Jerry Rice famous. With six games certain to be coming every year for what will be quite a while against folks like Drew, Cam and Josh we will continue making quarterbacks and wide receivers famous if we don’t do something different.

  • mattg1975

    If you are a Brent Grimes fan, check out http://www.footballcamps.com. He will be hosting a camp for kids ages 7-18 this summer.

  • mattg1975

    If you are a Brent Grimes fan, check out http://www.footballcamps.com. He will be hosting a camp for kids ages 7-18 this summer.