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Falcons Quote of the Day: Franchising Brent Grimes?

Falcons fandom isn't easy right now. These are the doldrums. And when I say "the doldrums," I'm not referring to the belt of calm/light winds north of the equator between the northern and southern trade winds in the Atlantic/Pacific oceans. No sir, I'm referring to a dull, listless, depressed time period.

Never fear though, things will eventually get interesting. When they do, the decision to sign Grimes or let him walk will assuredly draw some attention. Bleacher Report columnist Chris Trapasso wrote an article about it. He had this to say about the situation:

If the Falcons want to franchise him, it will cost them a shade over $10 million next season. The 28-year-old Grimes could be in line for a four-year deal, according to sports writer D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

If he hits the open market, there should be a variety of teams looking to add him to their secondary. He's a gritty playmaker who seemingly overachieves every season.

I'm not sure if ten million would be worth it. GMs have to hedge their bets. Is Grimes worth ten million? Maybe. But there are two pressing questions. First, is it in the best interests of the franchise to lock him down long-term? Second, if the plan is to franchise him, would doing so unduly hinder our roster? To be frank, neither answer seems clear to me. At least not yet.