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Sidbury is not about that Falcons' life; can't wait to leave the team
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
Defensive end Lawrence Sidbury is ready to put his four-year stint with the Falcons in his rear view mirror.
The team and the player are both apparently ready to move on.
“No, it’s not a place you would stick around considering what took place the previous year in your fourth year,” said Alan Herman, Sidbury’s agent, when asked if returning to the Falcons was an option. “That would not be an option for us. That’s not something he would want to do.”
Sidbury posted four sacks in 2011 and appeared ready to bust into the rotation and provide the pass-rush starved Falcons with some help. After another strong preseason, he never got the opportunity to play last season
“I had a few talks with Thomas Dimitroff and it was just one of those things; coaches decision,” Herman said. “Most general managers in the league . . . have to go along with coaching decisions.”
Dimitroff drafted Sidbury in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2009 draft out of Richmond. Sidbury started 31 of 52 games at Richmond and recorded 145 tackles (71 solo), 20.5 sacks, 38 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed. His 20.5 sacks rank fourth in school history and his 11.5 quarterback takedowns in 2008 placed him third on the school's single-season record list.
He set the NCAA record for the most sacks in a playoff game against Montana in a 2008 FCS title game with four.
But his career with the Falcons never took off.