Falcons, Brent Grimes have no deal

3/13/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

Since last week teams have been pushing to get deals done by Tuesday’s deadline, signaling the start of free agency. While many teams contemplated new signing to begin the new league year, other made cuts to manage the cap situation.
The Atlanta Falcons have been just as active through this period. Towards the end of last week, the Atlanta Falcons signed safety William Moore to a five-year deal. So when initial reports started coming in Tuesday that Atlanta Falcons had re-signed Brent Grimes, it seemed as if the team had retained another high-end defensive back from its secondary of last season. The Atlanta Falcons had also placed the franchise tag on Brent Grimes last season.
But contrary to the news broken in a report by Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, the Atlanta Falcons have not re-signed cornerback Brent Grimes to a one-year deal. The rumors were sparked due to a miscommunication between Brent Grimes’ agent Ben Dogra, and D. Orlando Ledbetter.
D. Orlando Ledbetter took a lot of criticism for the error on twitter, but such mistakes tend to occur in a confusing day (where deals often suddenly fall apart or pull through in the last moments) while the clock counts down to a tight deadline for teams to get their affairs in order for the beginning of new league year.
This essentially means Brent Grimes will still be available on the open market as a viable alternative for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or a trade for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis doesn’t work out.
But Brent Grimes’ free agent prospects could be a little shaken, after he ended last season on the injured reserve. Bret Grimes tore an Achilles tendon in Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and didn’t play up to expectation in 2011.
However, Brent Grimes earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2010, following a season he ended on five picks and recording 23 passes defensed, emerging as the Atlanta Falcons’ best defender.
While Brent Grimes may not revert to 100 percent form by the early 2013 season, Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said Grimes’ recovery was on track.
“Brent Grimes has been doing an outstanding job with our athletic performance department, working in the training room. He is progressing well,” said Mike Smith. “Again, that was a significant injury that took place in Kansas City on opening weekend. But he has not been out working outside. He's still working in the training room, but he is progressing very well.”
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