General manager Thomas Dimitroff has a lot on his plate this offseason, just like usual, as he starts the path to building the 2014 Falcons. While much of the attention is focused on the NFL Draft, with the Falcons holding the No. 6 pick overall, free agency is just as important.
Every year, the Falcons face the challenge of re-signing or extending different players as contracts run out or come close and Dimitroff is preparing for two in particular.
Wide receiver Roddy White still has a year on his current contract left, but Dimitroff is looking to get an extension done this offseason.
“Roddy’s made it very clear that he wants to be back here for the duration of his career and he’s obviously been a beyond-fine football player for us,” he said. “So we’re hoping that he will be able to do that.”
Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux is facing free agency this offseason after a strong campaign in 2013. He recorded 42 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries during the 4-12 season. A key cog in the defensive line and an influential leader in the locker room, Dimitroff expressed a desire to have Babineaux return in 2014.
“Jonathan has had a really nice season as far as the season we had,” Dimitroff said. “He was disruptive. He was healthy for the majority of the season and he did a really nice job for us. He’s almost becoming a little bit ageless. He’s fallen in line with Tony (Gonzalez) from the standpoint of, he’s produced very well with a lot of energy and a lot of passion and tenacity. It’d be nice to have him back, as well.”