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Grading Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: 2011 Free Agency

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Oh god, not this memory...

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Ray “Underwear model” Edwards
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We continue to examine how Thomas Dimitroff has done as GM of the Falcons by looking at the free agents brought in for the 2011 season. Some of you may not remember 2011 free agency, due to the trauma. You’ll soon be re-traumatized below.

For more information about our grading system, you can read our introductory article here: Overview of grading Thomas Dimitroff as GM.

Falcons 2011 Free Agents

Seahawks 2011 Free Agents

Browns 2011 Free Agents

Giants 2011 Free Agents

Quick Thoughts

Ray Edwards (1): At the time, it looked like the Falcons were pursuing Charles Johnson to play alongside John Abraham in trying to fix the pass rush (tell me if this doesn’t sound familiar). When the Panthers opted to pay Johnson a boatload and a half, we settled for Edwards, who was thought to have more room to grow as a pass rusher. All he did was disappoint, eventually being cut mid-season in 2012 after intentionally missing a team meeting after a game. Yikes.

Final Tally

Falcons: I think enough was said above. Good lord this was awful.

Seahawks: Branch and Jackson were decent pickups, though Tarvaris clearly wasn’t the answer at QB. Miller was overpaid for what he delivered, and Rice showed potential but was undone by injuries.

Browns: No real winners here either, though Young did give them decent playing time for his relatively small contract.

Giants: Baas wasn’t a Pro-Bowler, but he did start for the G-men for a couple of years. Carr couldn’t even make the roster, but the money was largely a non-issue.