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Brent Grimes will be looking for a big pay day. The Falcons shouldn't give it to him.
When cornerback Brent Grimes went down for the season with an Achilles injury in Week 1, it looked as though his loss would be a big blow to the Falcons secondary.
But there to step in almost seamlessly was third-year veteran Robert McClain, who went from camp body to starting nickelback alongside Dunta Robinson and Asante Samuel.
McClain went on to impress all year long, proving to be one of the team’s surest tacklers and displaying exceptional ball and cover skills.
The 29-year-old Grimes, a free agent in 2013, will surely be chasing a top-dollar, multi-year deal year after playing at a Pro Bowl-level in the 2009 and 2010 seasons and entering 2011 under the franchise tag.
Yet despite all of Grimes' talent, he's simply an expendable luxury at this point with the blossoming McClain presenting the Falcons with a cheaper and more sustainable long-term option.