Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Falcons still working on secondary
By Pat Yasinskas
Had a couple of obligations to take care of this afternoon and am just catching up on e-mail. The Falcons sent out a release a couple of hours ago, announcing two roster moves.
The Falcons signed safety Matt Giordano, but the exit move might be more interesting. The Falcons released cornerback Tye Hill. A former first-round pick by St. Louis, Hill was picked up in a trade at the start of last season after the Falcons had some injuries at cornerback.
The Falcons hoped Hill might thrive with a fresh start. But that didn’t come close to happening and they’ve decided to part ways. No harm, no foul on this one. All the Falcons gave up was a seventh-round pick. If it had worked out, they would have looked brilliant. It didn’t work out, but the damage was minimal.
Giordano adds depth and experience at a position where the Falcons may be going through a transition. Thomas DeCoud fared pretty well in his first season as the starting free safety. But Erik Coleman didn’t have a great year at strong safety.
The Falcons expect last year’s second-round pick, William Moore, to come back from an injury that kept him out for almost his entire rookie season. They’d like Moore to claim a starting safety job, but Giordano, who has spent five seasons with the Colts and Packers, provides a fall-back option and is likely to be a contributor on special teams.