Updating previous reports, Pro Football Talk.com reports that the Falcons had been shopping imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick for a seventh round pick. The team has gotten no interest in trade talks concerning Vick when they first put him on the market in February. Lack of interest in the former three-time Pro Bowl likely is due to the fact that he has yet to be reinstated into the league and that any team acquiring him would take on the remainder of his contract. There is roughly $45 million remaining on Vick’s contract that runs through 2013.
Vick is set to be released from federal prison to home confinement next month until the end of his sentence in July. After which, he will seek reinstatement into the league. He is currently under indefinite suspension stemming from August 2007.
The Falcons traded with the Dallas Cowboys, moving down from their second fifth round pick. The Falcons, originally set to pick at No. 143, moved down in the fifth round to No. 156. They also picked up a seventh rounder from the Cowboys (which they themselves acquired from the Lions). That seventh round pick is No. 210.
The Atlanta Falcons announced that they have acquired Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez via trade from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a second round pick in 2010.
Gonzalez, a 12-year veteran has made 10 straight Pro Bowls with Chiefs averaging 76 catches and more than 6 touchdowns since entering the league as a first round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.
The Falcons attempted to acquire Gonzalez last year before the trade deadline, but the deal fell through because Gonzalez didn’t want to play for the team. Reports surfaced recently that the Falcons were still interested in Gonzalez, and clearly Gonzalez has decided to change his mind. Likely in part because of the team’s turnaround last season as they went on to an 11-5 record and a playoff appearance.
Gonzalez, 33, despite his age has still managed to continue producing at a high level. He caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, tops among tight ends.
The Falcons have attempted to upgrade their tight end position this off-season, by working out several top prospects at the position as well as showing interest in free agent L.J. Smith. They have done just that with arguably the best possible candidate.
Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons are considering the acquisition of tight end Tony Gonzalez via trade from the Kansas City Chiefs. Lombardi says that the Falcons might even consider sending their second round pick to Kansas City for the perennial Pro Bowl tight end.
The Falcons attempted to acquire Gonzalez last October before the league’s trading deadline, but Gonzalez himself nixed that because of reluctance to rejoin a “rebuilding” Falcons franchise according to the Wisconsin State Journal. It remains to be seen if Gonzalez is any more open to playing for the Falcons that finished last year 11-5.
Although the Kansas City Star reported last month that the Chiefs have not received or tried to garner interest for Gonzalez on the trade market. Per the Star’s report, Chiefs GM Scott Pioli indicated that Gonzalez had yet to approach the team to indicate he wants to be traded.
The team announced today that they have traded wide receiver Laurent Robinson to the St. Louis Rams. Also part of the deal, the Falcons and Rams swapped fifth and sixth round picks.
Robinson was a third round pick by the Falcons in 2007. As a rookie, he started 6 games and caught 37 passes. But injuries and the changing offense cost Robinson last year. He only appeared in 6 games and caught 5 passes.
The Falcons will move up 22 spots in the fifth round, acquiring the 138th overall pick from the Rams. In the sixth round, they will move up 20 spots from 196th overall to 176th overall.
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff indicated earlier today in an interview at AtlantaFalcons.com that the team will explore trade options for suspended quarterback Michael Vick.
Because of his suspension, the Falcons are allowed to trade his contractual rights. Per the AJC, Vick’s base salary for 2009 is $9 million and bonuses of $6.43 million. There are $45.11 million left remaining on Vick’s contract which runs through 2013. The Falcons will be looking to deal that to another team, freeing up all that money going forward.
Vick was suspended indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in August 2007 after he plead guilty to federal charges stemming from a dogfighting operation in Virginia. Vick has been serving time in federal prison since December 2007 and is expected to be released this summer. He is expected to begin serving the final months of his sentence in a halfway house in the coming weeks. Which could potentially allow him to start getting back into football shape for his bid for reinstatement in the league.
Dimitroff indicated that the team has received no word from the league office about a potential time table for if or when Vick will be reinstated.
The Falcons announced even more tweaking of their roster today. Not only did they confirm that the trade of Domonique Foxworth was completed, but also that they added safety Jamaal Fudge as well. To make room for the two new defensive backs, cornerback Blue Adams and fullback Corey McIntyre were cut.
Fudge was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday. Like previously signed linebacker Tony Gilbert, Fudge has past experience working with some of the Falcons coaches due to that shared time in Jacksonville.
Fudge was an undrafted free agent with the Jaguars in 2006. He has played primarily on special teams the past two years. He has played in 20 games, recording 8 tackles on regular defense and 13 on special teams.
Adams was signed by the Falcons in July. McIntyre was added by the team in November 2006. He served as the team’s special teams captain last season. With his release, it’s likely that Jason Snelling will pull double duty as a reserve fullback and tailback.
The Denver post reported on Monday that the Denver Broncos were on the verge of trading cornerback Domonique Foxworth. CBS 4 out of Denver reports that Foxworth will be traded to the Falcons in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick. Foxworth will be a free agent after this season, and according to reports that pick will turn into a sixth rounder if he re-signs with the Falcons after the season.
The Denver Post also reported that the Kansas City Chiefs have shown interest in the young cornerback. Foxworth, a fourth year veteran with the Broncos. The Falcons depth at cornerback was shaken when they lost free agent signing Von Hutchins for the season. In three seasons with the Broncos, Foxworth has started 18 games, recording 173 tackles and 3 interceptions. His best season was as a rookie where he had 70 tackles and 2 interceptions. Foxworth could push Chevis Jackson for the nickel corner spot.
As first reported on ProFootballTalk.com, Joe Horn appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this morning and stated that he would still like to be traded, and mentioned the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles as two ideal places he would like to go.
Also, Horn praised the Falcons young receivers and rookie quarterback Matt Ryan. In the past, Horn has indicated his desire to be traded to a contending team where he could receive more playing time. Horn is currently listed among the team’s third string receivers on their unofficial depth chart, after starting twelve games last season for the team.
Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Falcons are among eight teams according to a league source that the Green Bay Packers are willing to trade Brett Favre to. Wilde cites that the source indicates that the Packers are in their due diligence stage of listing potential trade partners. Wilde’s report does not indicate that the Falcons have contacted the Packers about acquiring Favre, only that the Packers have listed the Falcons as a possible destination for Favre. Also on that list are Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Washington Redskins.
Whether the Falcons have interest in Favre remains to be seen. The Falcons certainly have a quarterback of the future, signing Matt Ryan to a $72 million contract in May. Favre will receive $12.7 million in salary this year, making him a hefty acquisition for any team. Peter King of SI.com did not list the Falcons as one of ten teams that have the cap space to acquire Favre.