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Friday, February 21, 2014
Dimitroff: No offers to free agents yet

By Vaughn McClure

INDIANAPOLIS -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team has yet to extend any contract offers to its own impending free agents.

The group includes defensive tackles Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters and Peria Jerry along with offensive linemen Mike Johnson, Joe Hawley, Jeremy Trueblood and Sean Locklear, tight end Chase Coffman, linebacker Omar Gaither and cornerback Dominique Franks.

"We have not made any decision as of yet," Dimitroff said Friday at the NFL combine. "Again, we're still in the recalibration mode right now. Coming here and leaving the combine having viewed the next class will give us much more of an idea of where we're going with our moves."

The aforementioned players become unrestricted agents on March 11 after 4 p.m.

The Falcons are allowed to negotiate with representatives of free agents from other teams on March 8.

In other contract news, Dimitroff didn't commit to giving receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White contract extensions before the start of the 2014 season, although such deals are expected to be made at some point. Dimitroff said the emphasis right now is the unrestricted free agents.

"The guys who are under contract right now, they're our focus, they're always going to be our focus, but we're trying to figure out where we're going to go before we dig into restructuring, renegotiating or adding on to contracts," Dimitroff said.

Both Jones and White are signed through 2014.

Here are a few more items from Dimitroff's press conference: