Young Falcons pass-rusher won’t be returning next year


In yet another sign the Falcons are going to look outside the organization for a replacement for John Abraham, one of their young developmental players can’t wait to get out the door.

Former fourth-round pick Lawrence Sidbury, who has shown flashes of pass-rush ability, won’t be staying with the Falcons, according to his agent.

No, it’s not a place you would stick around considering what took place the previous year in your fourth year,” agent Alan Herman told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “That would not be an option for us. That’s not something he would want to do.”

Sidbury had four sacks in 2011, and seemed poised to become part of the rotation, but never made an impact last year, playing in just nine games.

While he’s far from a household name, young players with any hint of skill at getting to quarterbacks aren’t allowed to freely leave often.

That tells you the coaching staff has some kind of problem with Sidbury, and that they don’t have much faith in the internal options for replacing Abraham, who was released last week. For a team that finally pushed through and won a playoff game this year, which hasn’t shied away from making bold moves, a run at a veteran pass-rusher should be expected.

9 responses to “Young Falcons pass-rusher won’t be returning next year

  1. Appears they will be targeting Mr. Avril. I’m sure all the Roddy White comments about he and Suh being dirty players will be water under the bridge…because now he’ll be their dirty player.

  2. Why does Osi Oumaniora make so much sense here? Not in a rational way, but in an “I can see the Falcons…” kind of way.

    I mean, he sat behind guys that barely rotated, in JPP and Justin Tuck. Who in the league would you bench those guys in favor of? Earlier this century he pushed mildly-overrated 1st ballot HoFer Michael Strahan into early retirement. (Speaking of Strahan, what’s he been up to lately? Haven’t seen him on TV for at least the last 5 minutes.)

    He’s not young, by a long shot, but I can’t recall him having much in the way of an injury problem, and he’s certainly no older than John Abraham has looked the last 2 years. Bigger and faster, too.

  3. He was a reach in the 4th round of the 2009 draft. Unfortunately they don’t always work out. Too bad his agent is airing a little dirty laundry which makes me think it’s Sidbury that has or hasn’t done something.

  4. A lot of the fans do. Mainly because we want to know why they never played him. Now with TWO pass rushers gone, I want to know who the Falcons are going to go after in FA. Dumervil maybe?

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