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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
This post may come back to haunt me, but I really think that Atlanta misunderstood how much of the San Diego RB position should be attributed to the line and FB there.

I like Turner, but I don't like this move. I will root for him, but I think Atlanta messed up.




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I also haven't seen anything from Turner that we haven't seen from Norwood. It seems like that with all of Atlanta's myriad problems, running back was possibly one of their better positions. Very puzzling move.



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Prediction: Turner goes in the first round of every fantasy draft. But I agree, I don't see why RB was a pressing need for Atlanta. I guess the logic is that Turner/Norwood will be a two-headed combo like Jones/Barber in Dallas, and it'll surely make the running game a positive, but unless the Falcons plan on signing/drafting some top quality O-linemen, it won't help a lot.



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I'm confused. Being a Lions fan, I've seen the downside of signing a career backup to a big contract (hello Scott Mitchell). Even so, if the Falcons were so hard up for a running back, why not take McFadden in the draft? You'd pay him less and you might have even worked a deal with someone below you to get another pick if the other team was so hard up for a Chris Long or Jake Long.

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.00
    Originally posted by Reverend J Shaft
    I'm confused. Being a Lions fan, I've seen the downside of signing a career backup to a big contract (hello Scott Mitchell). Even so, if the Falcons were so hard up for a running back, why not take McFadden in the draft? You'd pay him less and you might have even worked a deal with someone below you to get another pick if the other team was so hard up for a Chris Long or Jake Long.

    (Please tell me Justin Shapiro doesn't read this forum.)


The thing is they would be paying more, not less, for McFadden. You a Lions fan so you know how much top 5 picks get guarenteed. At the 3 spot they are looking at somewhere in the 25 million ballpark. Turner "only" got 15.

While I agree that its still too much for a career back-up (Raiders fan here, Lamont Jordan) He is still a better fit for the 1-2 punch than McFadden would have been. McFadden and Norwood are too similar in skill sets, while Turner has shown he can run between the tackels (albeit with a much better line and behind one of the best FB's in the league).
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.32
    Originally posted by Reverend J Shaft
    I'm confused. Being a Lions fan, I've seen the downside of signing a career backup to a big contract (hello Scott Mitchell). Even so, if the Falcons were so hard up for a running back, why not take McFadden in the draft? You'd pay him less and you might have even worked a deal with someone below you to get another pick if the other team was so hard up for a Chris Long or Jake Long.

    (Please tell me Justin Shapiro doesn't read this forum.)


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In related news, Warrick Dunn is...er...done with the Falcons. He's been released.

ESPN - Veteran running back Dunn released by Falcons

Wonder where he ends up?




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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.39
Bizarre move.

From the Falcons point of view they really have more pressing things to spend their money on with Norwood on the roster.

From Turner's, I would've thought he could have gone to a team where he'd either have a chance of being more heavily featured, or at least have a shot of some success. Atlanta seem likely to be hella ugly for many moons.

Dunn may struggle to find work. Demand for declining 30-something backs ain't often high.

EDIT - Or not! Adam Schefter says Tampa and Indy are both interested in Dunn.

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I think Dunn will have to wait it out until after the draft. RB is deep this year and I think most teams will be willing to wait it out to see if they are able to get their guy before bringing in a vet like Dunn.

Personly I think his best fit would be Indy. He goes way back with Dungy, they are incredibly thin at RB and it would give him his best chance at a ring before his career ends.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.79
    Originally posted by brick
    Personly I think his best fit would be Indy. He goes way back with Dungy, they are incredibly thin at RB and it would give him his best chance at a ring before his career ends.


No respect for Saskatchewan's own Kenton Keith?

Okay, fair enough. But I swear he actually could catch the ball when he played for us.



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Falcons had to do something that made them look like a real NFL team after the fiasco that was 2007. Now, they could have Jim Brown in his prime at running back and it really won't matter if they decide that Joey Harrington should still be playing QB. Same goes if they decide to pick up Culpepper for that slot. Would a 2 this year and a 2 or a 3 next year get them Brady Quinn, or would something similar to that get Chad Pennington out of New York?
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Falcons had to do something that made them look like a real NFL team after the fiasco that was 2007. Now, they could have Jim Brown in his prime at running back and it really won't matter if they decide that Joey Harrington should still be playing QB.

Joey Harrington? Oh no no, my friend, as far as I can tell Chris Redman is currently the man in Atlanta. Sigh, you know your team's in trouble when your quarterback controversy is between THOSE two. I want my mommy.

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    Originally posted by StingArmy
      Originally posted by redsoxnation
      Falcons had to do something that made them look like a real NFL team after the fiasco that was 2007. Now, they could have Jim Brown in his prime at running back and it really won't matter if they decide that Joey Harrington should still be playing QB.

    Joey Harrington? Oh no no, my friend, as far as I can tell Chris Redman is currently the man in Atlanta. Sigh, you know your team's in trouble when your quarterback controversy is between THOSE two. I want my mommy.

    - StingArmy

Redman? He is? I'd like to pretend a controversy never occured and think of the QB position currently as a gaping, mystic abstract hole needing to be plugged in the great universe of football.

At least the gaping hole could throw farther than Harrington.



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