Falcons Rumors & News

  • Falcons WR Julio Jones claims the swagger is returning

    Clutch Points "After a slow start to the 2017 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons finally seem to be back on track following a clutch 34-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Atlanta has now picked up their second key win is as many weeks to keep themselves within striking distance of first place in the NFC..." November 22

  • Agent’s Take: A look at the quarterbacks who could be available in the offseason

    CBS Sports "Quarterback stability is highly coveted in the NFL because it's a vital ingredient for sustained success. Some of the NFL's most significant transactions occur in an effort to get the position settled. The 49ers made an unexpected move at the October 31 trading deadline by acquiring Jimmy..." November 22

  • President Donald Trump criticizes idea of keeping players in locker room for anthem

    ESPN "President Donald Trump says a reported plan that would keep NFL teams in the locker room during the national anthem next season is "almost as bad as kneeling." Trump tweeted Wednesday morning about the possibility, reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday. According to the Post, some NFL..." November 22

  • Falcons cut Jalen Collins

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons are saying goodbye to a talented but troubled cornerback. Jalen Collins has been released, the Falcons announced. Collins hasn’t played at all this season and his 10-game suspension for a second violation of the league’s PED policy just came to an end. Collins will now be..." November 21

  • Roger Goodell To Soon Sign Five-Year, $200M Extension

    Real GM Football "Roger Goodell's contract extension is expected to be completed in December at the owners' meetings. Momentum to delay the deal has dissipated "meaningfully," in the estimation of one league source. Jerry Jones has been attempting to block Goodell's extension." November 20

  • Sack champ Vic Beasley looking for ex-teammate Dwight Freeney's jersey

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons pass-rusher Vic Beasley, the reigning NFL sack champ, was giddy like a kid when talking about the possibility of swapping jerseys with former teammate Dwight Freeney, now with the Seattle Seahawks. The 25-year-old Beasley appreciates how the 37-year-old Freeney took him under..." November 19

  • Falcons elated that Adrian Clayborn didn’t retire after last season

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "After his latest injury, Adrian Clayborn was ready to retire. He suffered a torn biceps in the Falcons’ 36-20 win over Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs Jan. 14. A one-time first-round pick, Clayborn’s career had been marred by two other season-ending injuries and that led to..." November 18

  • Devonta Freeman to miss Week 11 game with concussion

    Yardbarker "Devonta Freeman will miss Monday night’s game at Seattle due to a concussion. Freeman was knocked out of last weekend’s game against Dallas in the first quarter and was later determined to have suffered his second concussion of the season. The Atlanta Falcons running back did not practice..." November 18

  • Players to Goodell: We'd like a jet, lifetime insurance and $50 million, too

    ESPN "ESPN reported Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell had asked for a salary of $49.5 million a year, lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family in negotiations for a contract extension. Here’s how NFL players are reacting to Goodell’s reported demands: Oakland..." November 16

  • Michael Vick set to complete final payment in bankruptcy case

    USA Today "Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick listed his mailing address in his 2008 bankruptcy filing as Leavenworth, the federal prison in Kansas where he was detained at the time. The bankruptcy filing -- which came a year after he pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge related to running a..." November 16

  • Papa John's tweets apology for being 'divisive' when ripping NFL

    USA Today "A couple weeks after CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for sagging pizza sales, Papa John's is trying to tone down the vitriol. Tuesday, the company apologized, said it supports players' protests and denounced neo-nazis, via its Twitter account On the company's earnings call earlier this..." November 15

  • Adrian Clayborn: I only have one move and it worked

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn became the fourth player in NFL history to record six sacks in a game on Sunday when he dominated Cowboys left tackle Chaz Green in a 27-7 win. Those six sacks triggered an incentive bonus and were just 1.5 less than Clayborn’s previous career high for an..." November 13

  • Matt Ryan gets to 40,000 passing yards faster than anyone

    Pro Football Talk "Currently, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan doesn’t get mentioned much when listing the game’s all-time greats. That could be changing, soon. Ryan reached 40,000 career passing yards on Sunday, getting to the landmark in fewer games than any quarterbacks in league history. According to the NFL,..." November 13

  • Adrian Clayborn’s six sacks triggers $750,000 bonus

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Clayborn’s monster day against the Cowboys helped trigger an incentive bonus in his contract worth nearly one million dollars. The Falcons defeated the Cowboys on Sunday 27-7 thanks, in part, to a huge performance from Clayborn. The defensive end tormented Dallas’ offensive line and Dak..." November 13

  • Alfred Morris on what Falcons did to stifle Cowboys' running game

    Sports Day "Alfred Morris carried the ball 11 times Sunday. It was the most carries he's had in a game since a blowout win in Cleveland a year ago. It was only the second time in his two seasons with the Cowboys that he had double-digit rushing attempts in a game. Morris averaged 4.8 yards per carry..." November 13

  • Committee head Blank: Roger Goodell's extension negotiations moving forward

    CBS Sports "Roger Goodell's extension negotiations are moving forward as planned, according to Falcons owner Arthur Blank. After soundly routing the Cowboys on Sunday, Blank's claims insinuate that Jerry Jones isn't making much headway off the field in his reported efforts to hinder negotiations with Goodell..." November 13

  • Devonta Freeman expected to miss Week 11 with concussion

    Fanrag Sports "Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is not likely to play next Monday night during his team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a concussion, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Freeman is dealing with his second concussion of the season and Schefter adds that he may end up missing..." November 13

  • Jerry Jones and Arthur Blank avoid each other pregame

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Jerry Jones and Arthur Blank had plenty of opportunities to exchange pleasantries before the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons game. Each strolled the field during pregame warm-ups, but didn’t bother saying hello or shaking hands with each other. According to a Cowboys staffer, it’s..." November 13

  • DeMarcus Lawrence excited for rematch against JUCO teammate

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will see a familiar face across from him against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Lawrence and Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder played together for a season at Butler Junior College in El Dorado, Kansas. The 2010 Grizzlies – with Lawrence on the..." November 12

  • Cowboys-Falcons inactives: Chidobe Awuzie will miss another week

    Pro Football Talk "Rookie cornerback Chidobe Awuzie will have to wait another week before returning to game action. Awuzie, the team’s second-round pick, returned to a full practice last week from a lingering hamstring injury. He will miss his sixth game this season. Because Awuzie aggravated the injury with a..." November 12

  • Panthers star claims Devonta Freeman was injured last week

    247 Sports "Devonta Freeman is out of Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a concussion, but one NFC South rival seems to think the Falcons running back actually suffered the issue last week. Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis tweeted that he believes Freeman was injured during their game..." November 12

  • Falcons' Devonta Freeman Out With Concussion

    SI "Falcons running back Devonta Freeman will not return to the Falcons' game against the Cowboys as he participates in the league's concussion protocol. The injury happened in the first half when Freeman was hit by Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Tevin Coleman's workload should increase..." November 12

  • Julio Jones to play Sunday vs. Cowboys

    Sporting News "The Falcons have lost four of their last five games, but they received some good news ahead of Sunday's game against the Falcons. Atlanta announced Friday that wide receiver Julio Jones will play this weekend despite nursing an ankle injury." November 10

  • Falcons C Alex Mack has unique opinion of ‘Thursday Night Football’

    Sportsnaut "This year’s slate of games on Thursday Night Football has not been very kind to many of the teams that have played in them so far. Players often complain about having a short week to prepare, not to mention the increased risk for injuries and the fact it’s hard to have success on a short..." November 10

  • Julio Jones misses second day of practice with ankle injury

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons coach Dan Quinn said early this week that he expected wide receiver Julio Jones to be limited in practice because of an ankle injury he suffered in last Sunday’s loss to the Panthers. So far, Jones has been more than limited. He was a non-participant in practice for the second straight..." November 09

  • NFL: Owners voted unanimously to extend Goodell’s contract in May

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps the most important point regarding the ongoing effort by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to block the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to a decision that all 32 owners made in May, including Jones. “I’d say that, on the issue of extending the Commissioner’s contract that in the..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell “Furious” Over Contract Delay

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly “furious” over the league’s insistence that he accept a contract that includes performance-based incentives that could still allow him to reach his prior salaries, according to Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com. A potential Goodell..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell: NFL fans don’t come to stadiums ‘to be protested to’

    Sportress of Blogitude "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell perhaps made his strongest remarks regarding the league’s national anthem protest controversy by stating, “People come to our stadiums to be entertained and have fun, not to be protested to.” Goodell was a speaker at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York..." November 08

  • NFL TV numbers decline infecting ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' other pregame shows

    Sporting News "Sunday NFL pregame shows are known for their hearty laughter. But there has been little to guffaw about this season. The NFL's TV numbers slide has infected long-running pregame shows on ESPN, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. The hardest hit has been ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" (10 a.m. to 1 p.m...." November 08

  • Bob Costas on the future of football: 'This game destroys people's brains'

    USA Today "As far as longtime sports broadcaster Bob Costas is concerned, the future of football in the United States is clear — and bleak. “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he said Tuesday night. Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the University of Maryland, Costas, who..." November 08

  • Falcons Work Out CB Byron Maxwell

    Pro Football Rumors "Byron Maxwell worked out for the Falcons on Monday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). This marks the cornerback’s first known workout since being released by the Dolphins. Maxwell has some ties to the staff in Atlanta thanks to his time spent with head coach Dan Quinn and..." November 06

  • Falcons' Julio Jones makes no excuses for dropping 39-yard TD in fourth quarter

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones made no excuses for dropping what would have been a 39-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. "I didn't take advantage of the opportunity,'' Jones told reporters following the game. "It was no excuses or..." November 06

  • No-huddle could help Falcons wear down Panthers

    ESPN "As an offensive lineman, Atlanta Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder loves going no-huddle. Schraeder has been around long enough to see how effective it can be, particularly with a quarterback like Matt Ryan running it. "For us, there's a lot of different factors involved," Schraeder said...." November 05

  • NFL owners called for depositions, cellphone records in Colin Kaepernick collusion case

    ESPN "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, among others, will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL, a league source told ESPN's Adam..." November 03

  • CBS boss Les Moonves: NFL player protests not affecting advertising

    Sporting News "While Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is blaming “poor leadership” at the NFL, vis a vis player protests during the national anthem, for a decline in the company’s pizza sales, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves insists there is no evidence of advertiser erosion during broadcasts of the league’s..." November 03

  • James Andrew Miller: Why ESPN Could Abandon NFL Football

    The Hollywood Reporter "It’s not outlandish to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games? ​In a span of less than five years, industry giant ESPN has seen its narrative transformed from that of a mighty colossus into the hard-luck tale of a ragtag warrior. As it..." October 30

  • Why NFL trade deadline does not produce NBA-, MLB-like blockbuster deals

    Sporting News "Every year as the NFL trade deadline nears, we speculate about player trades. And every year, the trade deadline comes and goes with almost no action. To many, it seems odd that the NFL has not embraced trades the way other leagues have. Bad teams in other sports become sellers, and the trade..." October 30

  • Arthur Blank avoids question on report about attempt to halt Goodell extension

    Pro Football Talk "As the head of the NFL’s compensation committee, Falcons owner Arthur Blank is one of the point men in negotiations about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract. Blank has routinely expressed confidence that an extension of Goodell’s contract will get done, including comments to that effect..." October 29

  • Offensive crisis for Falcons has roots in loss of Shanahan and top assistants

    CBS Sports "The Falcons offense has regressed mightily from its league-leading pace in 2016, despite keeping all key players on that side of the ball, with rival scouts and coaches attributing much of the decline to the loss of offensive coordinator and play caller Kyle Shanahan. Some who have studied..." October 29

  • Despite ‘Disorganized’ Offensive Approach, Moving on From Steve Sarkisian Not an Option for Falcons

    SI "It’s Week 8, and the Fire Steve Sarkisian movement is already gaining steam among Falcons fans. Atlanta hired Sarkisian away from Alabama this offseason to take the reins of the NFL’s top offense after Kyle Shanahan departed to take the head-coaching position in San Francisco. Instead, he’s..." October 26

  • Chris Christie calls NFL “hypocrisy” on gambling “overwhelming”

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL paves the way for putting a team in Las Vegas, it continues to push back against the ongoing effort to pave the way for sports wagering in all 50 states. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose state’s effort to launch sports wagering sparked the lawsuit that will be resolved by the..." October 25

  • Seahawks to sign veteran Dwight Freeney to add to pass rush

    Seattle Times "Seeking to add to their pass rush after putting Cliff Avril on Injured Reserve last week, the Seahawks on Tuesday night agreed to terms on a contract with veteran defensive end and likely future Hall of Famer Dwight Freeney. The Seahawks had not filled Avril’s spot on the 53-man roster leaving..." October 25

  • Falcons to re-sign Sean Weatherspoon, Duke Riley to have surgery

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons are set to re-sign linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, for his third tour of duty with the team, according to his agent Ryan Williams. Rookie weakside linebacker Duke Riley suffered a knee injury against New England Sunday and is set to have surgery. “Spoon is back where he wanted to..." October 24

  • President Trump notes players still kneeling during national anthem

    Pro Football Talk "President Trump’s push to keep NFL players who don’t stand during the national anthem a major storyline continued on Monday morning. Players from the Giants, Seahawks and 49ers did not stand for the anthem before Sunday’s games and the President took note of it as well as the fact that the..." October 23

  • Blank: Falcons don't need SB closure vs. Pats because 'there's nothing open'

    NFL.com "An offseason full of storylines comes to an end Sunday night. The Falcons play the New England Patriots, a rematch of the epic Super Bowl LI, and finally Atlanta can cease answering questions about their 28-3 lead disappearing as the nation watched in awe. This will be, at least,..." October 22

  • Dan Quinn says Falcons are edgy; players say, “Well, yeah” . . . sort of

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "These are antsy times for your Atlanta Falcons, who began the season with a “Super Bowl hangover” ether draping them like a blanket only to lurch their way to a 3-2 start, and their pending rematch of the big game with the Patriots Sunday night does night does not loom comfortably. Asked..." October 21

  • Patriots' Super Bowl hero James White on rematch: 'Nothing to do with this game'

    CBS Sports "A little more than eight months ago, the New England Patriots made one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history, storming back from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady won the Most Valuable Player award for his performance, but there was arguably no player more..." October 21

  • Donald Trump’s Petition Seeks ‘Stand For National Anthem’ Supporters

    NESN "Donald Trump now is trying to combat an athletes’ movement with one of his own. The president released a petition Thursday on the Republican National Committee website, in which he asks people to register their support for standing for the national anthem. “The President has asked for a..." October 20

  • President Trump slams NFL for not forcing players to stand for anthem

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is back on President Trump’s radar Wednesday. The President went on a Twitter spurt Wednesday morning and the NFL’s announcement that there will be no change to league rules regarding the national anthem was part of his agenda. After a day that included a meeting between players and..." October 18

  • Eric Reid doesn’t think rule change on anthem is coming

    Pro Football Talk "In a statement about Tuesday’s meeting between the NFL, NFLPA, players and team owners in New York, the NFL and NFLPA said that everyone in the NFL community has “a tremendous respect” for the national anthem but it doesn’t sound like the anthem was a focal point of the meeting. Albert Breer of..." October 17