Recent reports indicate that the Atlanta Falcons may attempt to acquire two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Dre’ Bly. Bly has spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions, and he and his agent were given recent permission by that organization to seek a trade.
Over the weekend, NFL.com’s Adam Schefter reported that Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall had begun lobbying the team’s front office in order to acquire Bly. Hall and Bly are close friends that grew up in the same hometown of Chesapeake, VA.
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News has reported that the Denver Broncos may be another team interested in Bly. Rasizer’s report suggests that the Lions could be seeking a third round pick as compensation for Bly.
Bly will have a $4.2 million base salary in 2007. Any team that acquires him would have that salary added to their 2007 salary cap. Various sources have reported on the status of the Falcons cap space in 2007. John Clayton of ESPN.com has reported that it may be as low as $3.8 million. If that is the case, then it means that if the Falcons were to attempt to acquire Bly, they would need to restructure contracts and/or release veterans.
A veteran of eight years, Bly was originally a second round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 1999. After four years in St. Louis, he signed a lucrative contract with the Lions in 2003. He has 33 career interceptions, 5 of which he has returned for touchdowns. Last season, he finished the year with 54 tackles and 3 interceptions.