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.
In a report by David Elfin of the Washington Times about the Washington Redskins’ chances of acquiring disgruntled quarterback Brett Favre from the Green Bay Packers, Elfin cites a league observer indicating that the Packers would like to see a bidding war commence between Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and Falcons owner Arthur Blank over the rights to Favre.
Favre, 39, began his career in Atlanta in 1991, as a second round pick. But was traded after the season to the Packers, where he played the next sixteen seasons, setting numerous passing records and going to nine Pro Bowls in that span. Favre is the all-time leader in passing attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, and interceptions.
There has been no indication that the Falcons are actually interested in Favre. Nor have the Packers officially indicated that they are going to or willing to trade Favre. Favre has a salary of $12 million this season, which any team acquiring him will have to absorb to their 2008 salary cap barring him restructuring his contract.
According to the AJC’s Steve Wyche, Falcons receiver Joe Horn and his agent have been given clearance to gauge interest of other NFL teams in a prospective trade. Horn told the Wyche in May that he wanted to be traded by the Falcons mainly due to decreased playing time. However per Wyche, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has indicated that there has been no activity on the trade front involving Horn. Per Wyche, Horn’s agent has talked to the Dallas Cowboys about a deal, but there has been no discussions between the Cowboys and Falcons. Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Cowboys were interested in acquiring Horn. However on Friday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones denied interest.
NFL.com’s Adam Schefter reports that the Dallas Cowboys perhaps will have interest in acquiring Falcons wide receiver Joe Horn to shore up their wide receiver depth. The Cowboys are currently embroiled in a dispute with disgruntled reserve receiver Terry Glenn over an injury waiver. Horn has been linked to possibly being a candidate to be released by the Falcons since the spring, and even reportedly requested a trade from the team in May.
Horn’s value to the Falcons was lessened when the team drafted Louisville receiver Harry Douglas in the third round this past April. Horn is not expected to start this season, losing his job to second-year player Laurent Robinson. Horn caught 27 passes in 12 games last season for the Falcons, but only averaged 9 yards per catch and scored 1 touchdown, less production than expected when the team signed him to a four-year $19 million contract in March 2007. As part of that deal, Horn’s 2008 base salary of $2.5 million is fully guaranteed.
So far, the Falcons have indicated that they have no plans on parting ways with Horn. It remains to be seen if that will be the case as the summer progresses.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Ed Werder cites a team source that confirms Schefter’s report that the Cowboys have initiated internal discussion about acquiring Horn. However, Dallas Morning News columnist Brian Davis reports that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones denied interest in Horn to ESPN during an Arena Football game on Friday night.
Steve Wyche of the AJC reports that Falcons wide receiver Joe Horn desires the team to trade him. According to Wyche, Horn wants to be moved due to his desire for increased playing time.
“I want to win a Super Bowl and I want to win a Super Bowl here in Atlanta, but I don’t think I can help this team win a Super Bowl sitting on the bench, waiting for third down… They’re going with the younger guys and I don’t have a problem with that, if that’s the course they’ve chosen. I want to have an opportunity to play with a team that needs a veteran to play and contribute and who helps the young guys… When I came here last year I was promised I’d be on the field and it turned out I was a just-in-case guy with the situation that went on. So far this year, it seems like that’s the case again.”
– Joe Horn
Per Wyche, Horn indicated he would remain professional as long as he remained with the Falcons, but would prefer a more expansive role than that as a mentor to the young guys. Horn signed with the Falcons last off-season to a four-year contract. He is slated to earn a base salary of $2.5 million this year. Previous reports have indicated that Horn was already possibly on the bubble as far as the roster goes. It is unknown if this new revelation changes his status with the team. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff indicated however that the team forsees a future for Horn on the team.
Earlier this off-season, the Falcons traded disgruntled cornerback DeAngelo Hall after public comments indicating he no longer wanted to play for the team. The team also released running back Warrick Dunn after he asked for it as well.