good stuff from AJC-
On their way to a 14-4 final mark, the Falcons won eight games by seven points or less and faced just two playoff teams during the 2012 regular season. They probably can’t count on winning as many close games, will face five playoff teams and could have brutal winter trips to Green Bay and Buffalo. LINK
The Falcons have some key decisions to make on mainstays like center Todd McClure, defensive end John Abraham, running back Michael Turner, cornerback Brent Grimes, linebacker Stephen Nicholas, left tackle Sam Baker and safety William Moore. The team is also waiting to hear from tight end Tony Gonzalez, who is set to retire.
If the Falcons want to bring back Gonzalez and re-sign Baker and Moore, they will have to renegotiate several contracts and make other financial cuts to gain additional cap room.
Releasing Turner and Abraham could net the Falcons $10.4 million of cap space. Other players like Nicholas, Robinson and right tackle Tyson Clabo could be renegotiation prospects. LINK
Glad to know they're right on our heels for cap pain. Methinks their personnel decisions are much tougher than here (Smith, Vilma, etc)
For the two variable games this year they get Washington at home and go to Green Bay (deep December
). Saints have Dallas at home and go to Chicago (early September to coordinate a Wrigley Field visit too)