Well, he only had limited participation on Friday practice. He missed both Wednesday and Thursday practices.
Personally, I don't buy it. I don't buy the notion that the team doctors cleared him to play, but he opted instead to shut it down. That doesn't sound like the Brent Grimes I've come to know from his play on the field. I'll buy that if he was 110% intent on playing, then the doctors would have cleared him. But because his head and heart weren't willing to go that extra mile, he sat.
But even still, I ask again, would you rather have Brent Grimes even with his unwillingness to sacrifice for the good of the team, or would you rather have Dunta Robinson and his reckless, undisciplined play on the field where he is nothing more than a licensed thug who gets into shouting matches with his head coach? You're telling me that Brent Grimes is more carcinogenic to the health of this locker room than Robinson?
Three years ago, Robinson sat out of all of training camp trying to get a contract. What makes that OK and what Grimes did so wrong? So you're saying Grimes would have been completely justified for telling his teammates to go screw themselves in August, but not in January?
To me this the crux of the issue: Grimes vs. Robinson. Would you rather have a slightly bad egg (which is still debatable if he is slightly bad) in Brent Grimes who balls on Sunday, or a definitely rotten egg who doesn't ball on Sundays in Robinson?
Because it's about money right? Do you pay Grimes his market value or do you opt instead to keep Robinson? The Falcons paid Robinson a deal that average $9.5M/yr. and had $22.5M guaranteed 2 years ago. Since, then if you look at the Top 7 contracts given to corners in the past 18 months:
1. Darrelle Revis, Jets ($11.5M/yr., $32M guaranteed)
2. Nnamdi Asomugha, Eagles ($12M/yr., $25M guaranteed)
3. Johnathan Joseph, Texans ($9.75M/yr., $23.5M guaranteed)
4. Brandon Flowers, Chiefs ($10M/yr., $22M guaranteed)
5. Stanford Routt, Raiders ($10.5M/yr., $20M guaranteed)
6. Champ Bailey, Broncos ($10.75M/yr., $15M guaranteed)
7. Leon Hall, Bengals ($9.5M/yr., $14M guaranteed)
Robinson has $38.5M left remaining in cap money due to him over the next 4 years. And so basically you'd rather pay that to him rather than pay whatever you think Grimes could make ($10-11M/yr. with $22-25M guaranteed) over the next 5-6 years?
This isn't just about character/sacrifice/toughness, it's about money.https://twitter.com/#!/DParrPFW/status/ ... 8236218368
Robinson's $6M base salary for this year becomes guaranteed if he's still on the roster on the 2nd day of the league year. His cap hit this year is about $7.75M if that base salary comes to bear. The franchise tag for corners this year is projected to be around $10.5M. So that would be what you'd have to pay Grimes until you were able to give him a long-term deal.
So what I'm reading between the lines here is that the Falcons plan on going forward with Robinson's money, which is why they don't think they can afford to pay Grimes what he is worth anymore.
And that's what it boils down to, this team in doing their evaluation think it's smarter to pay Robinson his $$$ and let Grimes walk, rather than any other course of action that involves Grimes staying, then they are foolish, and no offense to you fun gus and Go Falcons, then you too are fools. Sorry.