Monday, March 8, 2010
Falcons already focusing on draft
By Pat Yasinskas
On the same day the Atlanta Falcons are going to introduce a new cornerback, it looks like they might be saying farewell to an old cornerback.
There are numerous reports out there that the Falcons are working on trading Chris Houston to Detroit. The reports are all over the board in terms of compensation, but look for the Falcons to come out of this one holding anything from a fourth-round pick to a sixth-round pick.
Whatever they can get for Houston will be fine. He’s a guy who has always had some ability, but is not a very aggressive player, which has prevented Houston from endearing himself to the coaching staff. He became expendable after the Falcons agreed to a contract with Dunta Robinson, who will be introduced officially at a news conference Monday afternoon.
Robinson instantly becomes Atlanta’s No. 1 cornerback, and the recent re-signing of Brian Williams probably makes him the other starter. But the Falcons also will let Brent Grimes, Christopher Owens and Chevis Jackson challenge for that job in training camp.
That gives them plenty of depth at cornerback, and getting a draft pick -- any draft pick -- for Houston makes sense for a team that probably is just about done in free agency and will now focus on the draft.