No discussions on new deal for Brent Grimes yet

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The Falcons will start their offseason program on Monday and cornerback Brent Grimes is not expected to be with his teammates.

That’s not surprising. Grimes hasn’t signed his franchise tender and players in that position tend to avoid voluntary workouts as part of the process of working toward a long-term deal with their team. There’s no big problem on the Falcons’ end with Grimes choosing to skip the sessions.

“The workouts or phase one, will be voluntary and that’s something that we can’t control,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “Obviously, we’d like to have him in the building, but those are voluntary.”

There hasn’t been much work on a long-term deal, either. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that no in-depth discussions have occurred between Dimitroff and Grimes’ representatives. Both sides have been busy with draft work so perhaps things will pick up after this week.

Until they do, it’s unlikely that we’ll see Grimes working with the Falcons.