Steve Wyche of the AJC reports on several developing stories for the Falcons after holding discussions this past week with GM Thomas Dimitroff, including the potential futures of DeAngelo Hall, Chris Redman, and what areas the Falcons may address in free agency.
Wyche reports that the Falcons are currently weighing their trade options with cornerback DeAngelo Hall. According to Wyche, Dimitroff indicated that the team believes Hall makes them a better team, but they have yet to commit whether they will extend his contract. Hall’s contract is set to void following the 2008 season, which could potentially make him an unrestricted free agent. A previous report from Wyche indicated that Hall is prepared to sit out this season without a contract extension.
Also the team has yet to make a commitment on whether they will re-sign quarterback Chris Redman. Wyche indicates that the team likes Redman, but will be keying in on many of the quarterback prospects this weekend at the Combine.
Wyche speculates that the Falcons could pursue defensive tackle Grady Jackson once free agency kicks off on February 29. Jackson was released by the Falcons this past October and finished the season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 7 starts with the Falcons, Jackson recorded 20 tackles and 1 sack. The team is interested in him perhaps due to looming injury concerns over Trey Lewis, who replaced him at nose tackle during the season. Lewis injured his knee in November and ended the season on injured reserve. There are concerns whether he will be ready for the start of next season.