A soon to be 30 year old cornerback who suffered a major injury wasn't offered a long term deal and it's bad management?
Grimes' "major" injury occurred in September 2012. The time for the Falcons to give Grimes a long-term deal was in July 2012, two months before
his injury. Unless you're counting his knee injury from 2011 as a major injury, which it was not.
I'll reiterate that in terms of Grimes getting a long-term deal they had the time between the lockout (July 2011) and March 2013 to get a deal done (that's 20 months), although again probably by the time September 2012 rolled around, any chance of a deal getting done was over.
If Grimes was "all about the money" then so what? He was worth it
, unlike DeAngelo Hall and Dunta Robinson. He's proven that without a doubt. He was a Top 5 cornerback in 2010 and 2011, and then probably would have been the same in 2012 if he had not gotten injured, because he was a Top 10 cornerback in Miami coming back from the injury.
The real issue here is the same that always plagues this fan base when (good) players leave. People try to spin it as a positive for the team, and how the team was justified for doing it, when in fact more often than not, Dimitroff's record over the past 3-4 years has indicated that he deserves no such benefit of the doubt.
And I find it laughable that the #1 reason why people gave Dimitroff the benefit of the doubt was because Grimes had an annoying wife, not because of football reasons. Because as I said before, Grimes age shouldn't have been a significant deterrent to signing him. His skill set is such that has a much lower chance of declining at the same rate beyond age 30 that most NFL corners undergo because the things he was good at (e.g. ball skills, technique, awareness) DO NOT DECLINE with age. It's the same reason why Asante Samuel, Champ Bailey, and Charles Woodson have been relatively ageless over their careers while a guy like Dunta or Hall seemed to lose it at 29 or earlier.
And his injury only occurred after the point when he could have gotten a long-term deal. But again, people cite his routine knee injury as a red flag from giving him money. But if that's the case, then those same people should be 100% against
giving Julio Jones a 2nd contract when the time comes at some point in the next 12+ months.
fun gus wrote:
I did not expect either Ryan or Grimes to complete the season. I cant explain how that came to pass, but I took a guess and was wrong, again.
The reason you were "wrong" is because you still fail to grasp the fact that injuries are essentially random
fun gus wrote:
Because look at it this way: we have ( barring injury) locked up our CB positions for at least 4 years now.
Maybe, although don't count your chickens before they hatch, particularly in regard to Robert Alford.