As many expected, the Atlanta Falcons have placed the franchise tag on cornerback Brent Grimes. Using the tag here means Curtis Lofton could end up hitting the open market. They were the two franchise tag candidates on Atlanta's roster. This isn't a surprise.
The franchise tag number for cornerbacks is expected to be around $10.5 million. Other teams could pry him away but the cost of signing another team's franchise tagged player is two first round picks and no one is going to do that.
Grimes, 28, has a good story. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent and even spent some time in NFL Europe before catching on with the Falcons in 2007, mostly as a practice squad guy. Just four years later, he was a full-time starter and in the Pro Bowl.