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Mailbag: Atlanta Falcons edition

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The Atlanta Falcons are the final stop in our tour of team-by-team mailbags.

Cameron in parts unknown writes: What's up with the Falcons? Are they just doing a much better job of keeping things quieter than everyone else? Or, are they really not pursuing anyone?

Pat Yasinskas: The Falcons have been very quiet in free agency so far. I can assure you they're doing their work and have been in contact with a lot of agents. But this early silence was part of the strategic plan and general manager Thomas Dimitroff has made it clear they won't be doing any major deals in free agency. That's true. But I do expect some moves by the Falcons once the first wave of free agency is over and I think that day is coming pretty soon. The Falcons have some needs to fill and they can't fill them all through the draft. It may not be the big names you were hoping for, but Atlanta will be active in free agency before too long.


Greg in CT writes: Are the Falcons really going to go into 2009 with Houston and Hutchins as their CBs? There isn't a #2 CB there, much less a #1. And given that they seemed keyed in on DLine in the draft, they don't seem able to upgrade the secondary with the 24th pick. I know Dimitroff has a plan, but does that plan include trailing the league in passing yards allowed?

Pat Yasinskas: Hey, don't forget Brent Grimes and Chevis Jackson. But your point is well taken. Von Hutchins missed all of last season with an injury. I saw some bright spots from Chris Houston last year and Grimes and Jackson aren't bad. Still, I'm with you. I'd like to see the Falcons go out and get one cornerback with some experience. Heck, I'd like to see them get a safety, too. Like I said, I think it's still early.


Jeff in Atlanta writes: Hey Pat, First thanks so much for your coverage and great work. I am a HUGE Falcons fan and must say, I know that it is still early in Free Agency and the draft is still 2 months away, but I am confused on some of the moves we have made or NOT made. After last year with the Falcons, I have total trust in Dimitroff and Smith, but what is your preliminary reaction to the Falcons moves? Letting Milloy go, understandable... letting our best CB in Foxworth just walk, I'm having a hard time understanding that one. He played his heart out for us last year. I know we have Von Hutchins who was hurt all last year, is he probable/talented fit to replace Foxworth?

Pat Yasinskas: The Falcons did try to keep Domonique Foxworth, but this was a business decision. I liked the way Foxworth played last year, too, and he's also one of the better quotes in the league -- which makes my job easier. But the Falcons placed a value on Foxworth and they weren't going to exceed that. He got a better deal in Baltimore, which is close to where he grew up. Dimitroff found Foxworth on the scrap heap last year and something like that can happen again.