Brent Grimes' season is over. Will be placed on IR with Achilles injury. Will have more on it as it comes.— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) September 10, 2012
This is a huge blow to the Falcons defense. Grimes, a former undrafted free agent out of Shippensburg University, made his way to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and was on his way to another one in 2011 before a knee injury cut his season short.
Grimes is currently the Falcons' franchise player and is making more than $10 million. It's a shame that he was lost. However, as long as the Falcons allow starting cornerback Dunta Robinson to play down in the slot on third downs, this could wind up being a bump in the road instead of a devastating team injury.
The new defense has opened up great opportunities for Dominique Franks and Chris Owens to step up. With more man coverage and press duties, the Falcons should take advantage of their players' strengths.
How does this affect a long-term contract for Grimes?
One thing to note about franchise players is the contract issues that can come up after an injury like this. It may force the former Pro Bowl corner to take a smaller contract than what his base talent would be worth.
Despite being one of the better cover men in the NFL, the Falcons could find this to be a blessing in disguise, as it could allow them to sign him for much less money later on.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL draft website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.