“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.”
After posting a career-high four sacks on 220 snaps in 2011, Sidbury spent the majority 2012 on the sidelines. He played a total of 31 snaps on the season.
“It’s hard to prove yourself when you’re sitting on the bench,” Herman said. “It was clear that he had more than a decent preseason. He was active in his pass rushes. I thought he put pressure on the quarterback. He just wasn’t afforded that opportunity during the season. You can’t sack anybody from the bench.”
While we can't be entirely sure as to why Sidbury didn't take the field more often, it's hard not to suspect there may have been some friction between the 27-year-old and the coaching staff. After all, there aren't many teams in the league that would so readily allow a skilled, young pass rusher to leave. Especially a team who just released its top pass rusher a week ago.
“I think he’ll have a number of options,” Herman said. “I expect this weekend to be busy with a number of people who I think are going to call and want to talk about Lawrence. I would expect to see him sign somewhere pretty quickly.”
Don't be surprised if Sidbury finds a new home quickly when free agency opens March 12th.