Three days ago, the Falcons retained an important part of their secondary by signing safety William Moore to a five-year deal. On the first day of free agency, they reportedly brought back another high-end defensive back in Brent Grimes.
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According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Falcons gave Grimes a one-year deal, and it would have been the second-straight one-year contract signed by Grimes -- he was franchise-tagged last season but missed most of the year with a torn Achilles tendon.
Except the AJC reporter then tweeted this:
Misread a text: Grimes has not reached a one year deal with the #Falcons— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) March 13, 2013
Grimes was a Pro Bowler in 2010, and he was ranked No. 27 on our top-100 free agent list. But after a stellar 2010 campaign, Grimes didn't play as well in 2011, and you have to wonder about his free agent prospects because of his injury last season.
Though Grimes might not be 100 percent healthy early into the season because of his injury, Falcons coach Mike Smith said at the NFL combine that Grimes' rehab was going well.
“Brent Grimes has been doing an outstanding job with our athletic performance department, working in the training room,” Smith said, via the AJC. “He is progressing well. Again, that was a significant injury that took place in Kansas City on opening weekend. But he has not been out working outside. He's still working in the training room, but he is progressing very well.”
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