It is currently Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:58 am

All times are UTC - 4 hours [ DST ]





Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Why Brent Grimes Didn’t Get a Long-Term Deal
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:45 am 
Online
Purveyor of Truth & Justice
Purveyor of Truth & Justice
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 23, 2004 3:03 pm
Posts: 25877
Location: North Carolina
http://falcfans.com/why-brent-grimes-di ... -deal-6117

Why Brent Grimes Didn’t Get a Long-Term Deal
July 17th, 2012 Aaron Freeman

The Monday, July 16 deadline for when franchise players could get long-term deals done passed without Falcons corner Brent Grimes getting one. That outcome was not a surprise given how little movement and noise had been made in recent weeks.

The Falcons appear to be in a position to play wait and see with Grimes. The team picked up Asante Samuel this off-season, and the team is trying to get a return on their substantial investment in Dunta Robinson this year by moving him inside in nickel situations. Essentially, if Grimes has a good season then he’ll likely land the long-term deal he seeks next off-season. But the Falcons want to be sure that they are not committing another huge deal to a player that does not deserve it. Because while the Falcons brass won’t admit it, they aren’t too thrilled about the Robinson deal they gave out two years ago.

Robinson received $57 million over six years, and nearly $25 million in guaranteed money. That was and remains roughly market value for a top No. 1 corner. Unfortunately, Robinson has been anything but that caliber of player. On the other hand, Grimes has been. You would be hard-pressed to find a corner outside Darrelle Revis and Samuel that has collectively played better the past two seasons than Grimes. Yet the Falcons appear to be reluctant to make such a big investment unless they deem that player to be essential. And right or wrong, it’s clear that this team doesn’t view Grimes as an essential piece.

And from a certain perspective that is understandable, now that the team has added Samuel and decided to move Robinson inside to the slot. If Samuel continues to play at a high level, and there is a significant uptick in Robinson’s play so that he appears to solidify a nickel spot that has been a major weakness for this defense for three years running, then committing $50 million or more to Grimes isn’t the smartest financial decision. Especially when you have players like Dominique Franks and Chris Owens on the roster. While they are not nearly the players that Grimes is, the Falcons only have to commit roughly $1.9 million to the pair over the next two seasons. Had the Falcons given Grimes the exact same contract as Cortland Finnegan received from the Rams this off-season (5 yrs., $50 million), that figure would be around $24 million. So while you may only be getting one half of the player, you’re getting him for one-twelfth the price.

The other looming financial issue for the Falcons is that a new deal for Matt Ryan is on the horizon. And given the success of his agent Tom Condon in recent months of landing blockbuster deals for his clients (e.g. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees), they are going to come to the negotiating table wanting to be paid like a Top 5 QB, regardless of whether people think Ryan deserves that money. Condon knows that the Falcons aren’t going to find a better option between now and 2014 and Ryan is the biggest reason why the Mike Smith Era has been so successful, so he holds most of the leverage in any potential negotiations. And that looming contract situation is just another reason why the Falcons are wary of committing another big money deal to Grimes.

And that’s a major contributing reason why the Falcons didn’t commit big deals this off-season to any of their free agents. And while the $21 million they gave John Abraham is not a small deal, given half that money is tied exclusively to performance through escalators and per-game roster bonuses, it’s a relatively small and safe commitment. Even the long-term deals signed by Kroy Biermann, Thomas DeCoud, and Harry Douglas are structured so that the team could easily get out of them by 2014.

The other issue that the Falcons have to deal with is the age of their team. A large chunk of their key contributors such as Abraham, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Turner, Jonathan Babineaux, etc. are older players. And a lot of those guys may not be Falcons next year or the year after. There is a good possibility that over the next few years there will be significant upheaval of the roster, to the point that potentially 50-75% of the projected starters this year won’t be on the team come 2015. Grimes turns 29 this week and it’s feasible that he could play another three or four years at a high level. But the Falcons are reluctant to be in a situation where three years from now they are looking back and seeing that they overpaid a declining player. Similar to how the team may confidentially view the Robinson deal as of today, who was weeks away from his 28th birthday when he signed on the dotted line back in 2010.

Unfortunately all of these factors, few of which are under Brent Grimes’ control, coalesce to prevent him from getting a long-term deal. There are no bad guys here. The only thing that Grimes can control is going out and playing at a high level this year. If he does so, then the Falcons should be more amenable to give him a long-term deal next off-season. And if not, then he should be able to get it from someone else. And whether that deal comes from the Falcons brass or some other team, really doesn’t matter to me. Brent Grimes has worked as hard as anybody at this level, from going from an undrafted free agent at a Division III school to one of the league’s top corners in six years. That story deserves a happy ending, one in which I hope occurs in Atlanta.

_________________
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Why Brent Grimes Didn’t Get a Long-Term Deal
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:27 am 
Online
Superstar
Superstar

Joined: Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:31 pm
Posts: 3114
Quote:
Grimes turns 29 this week


That's the key IMO. Big difference if he was turning 26 or even 27. I like Grimes, and hope he stays, but we can't break the bank on a smallish CB who's skills will be diminishing sooner rather than later.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Why Brent Grimes Didn’t Get a Long-Term Deal
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:45 am 
Offline
Superstar
Superstar

Joined: Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:15 pm
Posts: 4224
I have to say that I feel badly for Grimes in this. Dude has put it all out on the field, and has turned this board from a bunch of doubting Thomases, into a group that respects Grimes. Some even consider him among the best in the league. But he can't get a big payday. Granted, his one-year franchise pay will be more than most people make in a lifetime, but if anyone has EARNED their way to a big paycheck, it's Grimes.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Why Brent Grimes Didn’t Get a Long-Term Deal
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:08 pm 
Offline
Superstar
Superstar
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:30 pm
Posts: 2347
Quote:
but if anyone has EARNED their way to a big paycheck, it's Grimes.


Thats the thing about today's nfl, teams don't pay anyone based on "earned" anymore. Ie. Patriots and Welker. Better to not overpay and cut bait too soon, versus do like old school and give a vet who produced that 2nd huge contract, only for that player to never see the end of it. We're being smart here (plus we've not received good ROI from Daunta too).

_________________
Good is the Worst Enemy of Great


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 4 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: AngryJohnny51, Pudge and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to: