Will Falcons pay Lofton?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012

The Cleveland Browns resigned linebacker D’Qwell Jackson today to a five year deal worth $42.5 million. That move has the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wondering whether the Atlanta Falcons pay what they have to to keep Curtis Lofton.

Lofton and Jackson are two very similar players and amongst the best inside linebackers in the league. Jackson is now paid like it, he’s now the fourth highest paid inside linebacker in the league. Lofton has similar numbers in his career, without the injury history, so you have to think he deserves a contract like that.

The team has till March 13th to sign him to an extension and by the sounds of it they’re making an aggressive push to do so. Lofton’s agent Todd France said the team told him that his guy is a three down player and then there’s this comment by head coach Mike Smith.

“He’s been a very important cog in our defense on all three downs,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He has definitely been the leader of our defense and signal-caller. He’s done a very nice job. Curtis is a very active middle linebacker in terms of his ability to play both the run and the pass. He’s one of the leading tacklers. He’s really developed into a top-level linebacker.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The team is definitely showing Curtis some love, will they back it up with the green? It’s something that they need to do because if it hits free agency there could be a bidding war.

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  1. kevin says:

    I THINK YOU HAVE THE LINEBACKERS RATED WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1) D”QWEEL JACKSON 1)CURTIS LOFTON.(period) JACKSON AND LOFTON ARE FAST,QUICK TO THE BALL AS BALL HAWKS AND A MOTOR WHO NEVER STOPS TO THE END OF THE PLAY!!!!!! THERE NOT JUST THE BEST IML’s BUT THE BEST TWO LINEBACKERS IN THE LEAGUE.(period) LOFTON AND JACKSON ARE NOT JUST TACKLING MACHINES BUT THE TWO BEST YOUNG TACKLERS IN THE GAME TODAY.(period) MATTER FACT THERE SO GOOD THEY COULD PLAY BOTH IML OR OLB.(period) IF YOU DON’T APPERICIATE CURTIS, MAN WE WILL BRING HIM HOME TO THE DAWG POUND WERE JACKSON AND LOFTON CAN CRUSH EVERY PLAY UP BEHIND ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG LINES IN THE GAME TODAY.(period) COME TEAR IT UP AT HOME BIG DAWG,AT HOME IN THE DAWG POUND!!!!!! PLAY AND STAY NOT JUST WHERE YOUR NEEDED BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WHERE YOUR WANTED AND A TEAM AND CITY MAIN OR AT THE TOP OF LIST OF FRANCHISE PLAYERS!!!!!!!! WE WILL TREAT YOU HOW YOU DESERVE AND PAY YOU LIKE YOU DESERVE!!!! PREZ MIKE AND GM HECKS AND EVERYONE INVOLED THERE NOW HAVE TURNED OUR DEFENSE AROUND IN JUST TWO YEARS INTO ONE OF THE TOP TEN DEFENCES IN THE LEAGUE NOW. WITH YOUR HELP AND ANOTHER DRAFT OR TWO WE CAN BE ON OUR WAY ON OFFENCE ALSO AND ON DEFENCE MORE!!!!!!HELP US WIN OUR FIRST SUPER BOWL!!!! COME HOME TO THE DAWG POUND WERE YOU WON”T JUST BE ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS AND DEFENCES IN THE GAME BUT COME WERE WE PRAISE AND LOVE OUR PLAYERS LIKE BROTHERS AND FAMILY!!!!!! COME TO THE BROWNS BIG DAWG!!!!!! before pictures,before comments on twitter,and before bookmark. there was a comment made before it reaches free agency? curtis isn’t an it? man come home son!!!!

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