Will Falcons pay Lofton?
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.