INDIANAPOLIS _ Albert Haynesworth said earlier this year that if things didn't work out with the Tennessee Titans, he could see the Atlanta Falcons as an attractive destination that is still a short drive from his Knoxville home.
On Friday, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff downplayed the Falcons desire to improve the team through free agency and spending big on a player like Haynesworth, who is seeking to become the NFL's highest paid defensive player. Haynesworth is believed to be seeking a contract that could pay him in the range of $35 million guaranteed.
"We will continue to grow and get younger, not only in free agency and the draft, depending on what may be available," Dimitroff said. "As for Albert Haynesworth, obviously he's a fantastic football player, but our aim is not to be major players in free agency. It's too get back to focusing on the draft. Last year, we made a lot of moves and a lot of commitment in free agency because we felt we had to kicking our season off and moving toward a rebuild. So this year, we've stepped back and we're really trying to analyze the draft and the availability of the draft."
The Falcons are banking on Jonathan Babineaux at defensive tackle, and are considering swapping end Jamaal Anderson inside more this season.