Falcons Rumors & News

  • Vick clarifies he hasn't talked to Falcons about 1-day retirement contract

    Bleacher Report "Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick clarified to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com on Sunday that he has not yet spoken to the Atlanta Falcons organization about his desire to sign a one-day contract and retire with the team. On Friday, he revealed his desire to retire with the team during an..." May 28

  • Michael Vick plans to sign a one-day contract, retire as a Falcon

    Pro Football Talk "It’s been a decade since Michael Vick went from a Falcons superstar to a convicted felon, and after his release from prison he’s been an Eagle, a Jet and a Steeler. But he’ll be remembered for his greatness in Atlanta, and that’s where he wants his career to come to an official end. Vick told..." May 27

  • Arthur Blank on NFL touchdown celebration, overtime rule changes

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday to discuss the new NFL rule changes. On Tuesday, the NFL announced touchdown celebration rules would be relaxed in 2017, allowing players to use the football as a prop, celebrate on the ground and take part in group..." May 26

  • Falcons visited league office to determine limits of OTA contact

    Pro Football Talk "Last year, excessive contact during offseason workouts resulted in the Falcons losing a week of Organized Team Activities. This year, the Falcons left nothing to chance. G.M. Thomas Dimitroff, appearing on a special 70-minute special edition of PFT Live, explained that he and coach Dan Quinn..." May 26

  • Thomas Dimitroff reflects on trading up for Julio Jones

    Pro Football Talk "When Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff gave up two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two fourth-round picks to get the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft, plenty of people thought he was crazy. Even Bill Belichick advised Dimitroff not to give up that kind of draft capital for one..." May 26

  • NFL continues to punish top assistant coaches

    ALL 22 "There are probably a lot of disappointed assistant coaches around the NFL this week. At the beginning of the week, there was a sense of joy and triumph amongst them. However, that elation and satisfaction has been tabled. On Tuesday, when the NFL owners met in Chicago for their annual May..." May 26

  • Dirk Koetter criticizes Bucs’ Twitter for trolling Falcons with ’28-3′

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons got into a friendly Twitter joust Wednesday, with the end result being the Bucs account trolling the Falcons with a 28-3 reference. As you might be aware, that represents the score of Super Bowl LI before the Falcons allowed the New England Patriots..." May 25

  • Falcons ranked NFL’s third-most talented team

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "NFL.com’s Gil Brandt ranked the NFL’s 10 most talented teams, and the Falcons came in third in the league, along with being the top team in the NFC. “The Falcons’ roster is loaded with players who are the best in the NFL -- or close to it -- at their respective positions,” Brandt wrote, going..." May 25

  • Falcons sign England rugby sevens star Alex Gray to practice squad

    The Telegraph "ormer England Sevens player Alex Gray has become the first English rugby union professional to quit the sport to take up American Football, signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Gray was England Sevens player of the year in 2015 and made over 40 Premiership appearances for London..." May 25

  • How the Falcons vetted coordinator Steve Sarkisian

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons decided to replace one of the best offensive coordinators in franchise history with a bit of a wild card this offseason. Surprising the football world, they tapped former USC and University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, who, before resurfacing at the University..." May 24

  • Seahawks, Falcons enter OTA season with fewer OTAs than others

    Pro Football Talk "Organized Team Activities, a fancy, word-wasting synonym for “football practice,” begin Monday throughout the NFL. For two of the final eight teams from a year ago, however, three of the 10 practices won’t be happening. Both the Seahawks and the Falcons lost a week of OTA sessions — three each..." May 22

  • Falcons confident Devonta Freeman deal will get done

    NFL.com "For the last five months plus, Devonta Freeman and his party have made it well known that he deserves to be paid like the best backs in the league. Ahead of the Super Bowl, NFL Network's Michael Silver reported that Freeman's agent claimed the back deserved "elite pay," a comment that, due to..." May 20

  • Michael Vick to play in trial game for American Flag Football League

    ESPN "Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick is coming back to the gridiron in a new professional flag football league that is testing out the concept in a game next month. The American Flag Football League, which aims to launch eight league-owned franchises in 2018, is hosting a game featuring Vick and..." May 18

  • Falcons sign lineman, waive wide receiver

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons signed center/guard Cornelius Edison and waived wide receiver Reginald Davis III on Wednesday. Edison, who’s 6-foot-3 and 309 pounds, played at Portland State and was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent after the 2015 draft. Davis finished his collegiate career..." May 18

  • Falcons' Devonta Freeman: 'I want to be elite paid'

    NFL.com "Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has lofty financial expectations from general manager Thomas Dimitroff. "I want to be the best," Freeman told ESPN.com. "I want to be elite paid. Whatever that is, that's where I want to be -- straight up." He added that he will not hold out, given that..." May 17

  • NFL owners expected to approve proposal reducing overtime to 10 minutes

    Sportsnaut "The NFL’s overtime rules are expected to receive a major change in the form of how long the overtime period will last. NFL owners are expected to pass a proposal that would reduce the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10 during regular season games, per Judy Battista of NFL Media. This was a..." May 17

  • Falcons RB Devonta Freeman Reiterates He Has No Plans To Holdout For New Deal

    NFL Trade Rumors "On Tuesday, Falcons RB Devonta Freeman told reporters that he still has no plans to holdout for a new contract and his focus remains on football. “It ain’t hard at all, because I’m good,” Freeman said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “I play football because I love it. … I spoke to other guys about..." May 16

  • Devonta Freeman wants to be ‘real disrespectful’ to defenders this season

    Larry Brown Sports "Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is not planning to show much respect during the 2017 NFL season, and he means that in the best way possible. Freeman, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, told reporters on Tuesday that his goal is to be more physical. “Little..." May 16

  • Falcons’ motto for 2017: ‘Embrace The Suck’

    Sportsnaut "The Atlanta Falcons are doing everything they can to not fall victim to the slump that occurs for most Super Bowl-losing teams. We saw what happened last year to the Carolina Panthers, who lost in a squeaker to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. They took a serious tumble and finished dead last..." May 15

  • What Dan Quinn had to say after final Falcons rookie camp practice

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons on Saturday held their final practice of the three-day rookie minicamp. Coach Dan Quinn addressed media afterward. Here are some excerpts: Opening statement “We had an awesome on-field camp. The next portion for the guys is we are back into the classroom tonight and we will..." May 14

  • Jets Worked Out Veteran RB Stevan Ridley

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the Jets brought in veteran RB Stevan Ridley for a workout in recent days. According to Garafolo, Ridley has interest from a few teams right now, as he works to get healthy. Ridley, 28, is a former third-round pick of the Patriots back in 2011. He..." May 11

  • Takkarist McKinley agrees to deal with Atlanta Falcons

    NFL.com "The man with the self-proclaimed "best motor" in the 2017 NFL Draft class now has a contract. The Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday they have agreed to terms with first-round pick Takkarist McKinley, who was selected No. 26 overall last month." May 11

  • Takkarist McKinley: I have 'best motor in this class'

    NFL.com "We know he's fired up about landing in the first round of last month's NFL draft. Takkarist McKinley, though, isn't done talking, insisting the Falcons got a steal with the No. 26 overall pick and telling the team's official website that he brings something no other rookie can. "I'm..." May 10

  • Alberto Riveron named NFL senior VP of officiating

    NFL.com "The NFL has a new team atop their officiating department. According to a release sent out by the league Wednesday, Alberto Riveron was named the senior vice president of officiating, filling the role vacated by former officiating head Dean Blandino. Russell Yurk, an NFL replay veteran of..." May 10

  • Hugh Thornton announces retirement

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons signed a guard they drafted in the fourth round on Tuesday and announced the retirement of another one a short time later. Hugh Thornton has decided to call an end to his playing days. Thornton signed with the Falcons as a free agent this offseason. Thornton was a third-round..." May 09

  • Falcons sign a pair of draft picks

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have two members of their 2017 draft class under contract. The team announced on Tuesday that they have reached agreements with fourth-round guard Sean Harlow and fifth-round safety Damontae Kazee. Both players will be under contract to the Falcons for the next four..." May 09

  • How Dan Quinn is building the “Legion of Zoom”

    iSportsweb "Under defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, the Seattle Seahawks appeared in two straight Super Bowls and the most notable part of their team wasn’t Russell Wilson or Marshawn Lynch, it was the “Legion of Boom.” During his tenure, the Seattle defense was feared around the league for their hard hits,..." May 07

  • Air Force’s Sam Byers faces challenges before mini camp with Atlanta Falcons

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Few of the players at next week’s Atlanta Falcons rookie mini camp will have faced as many obstacles to be there as the Air Force Academy’s Sam Byers, according to a story by Brent Briggeman in the Colorado Spring Gazette. In addition to the regular hurdles for any undrafted player trying to..." May 06

  • Mack on the vacancy at right guard

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons center Alex Mack looks forward to having a new neighbor on the offensive line. For all 19 games last season, Mack, who was named second-team All-Pro, worked in unison with Chris Chester on combination blocks in the run game and pass protection as the Falcons won the NFC title and..." May 05

  • WWE wrestler reached out to Takk McKinley to tell him to make his grandmother proud

    CBS Sports "Atlanta Falcons first-round pick Takkarist McKinley stole the show at the NFL Draft last week when he showed up with a picture of his late grandmother, who he had promised he would make the NFL one day, and carried it with him everywhere he went. He brought it on stage , brought it on the plane to..." May 04

  • Takkarist McKinley won't be fined by NFL for swearing

    NFL.com "New Atlanta Falcons pass rusher Takk McKinley was so fired up after being drafted in the first round Thursday night he dropped an f-bomb on stage when talking to NFL Network's Deion Sanders on live TV. After using the naughty word, McKinley famously said: "Fine me later." There will be no..." May 01

  • Bettors quickly push Patriots' win total up to 11.5

    ESPN "A Las Vegas sportsbook on Sunday opened the New England Patriots' season win total at 11, the highest of any team. That number didn't last long. Shortly after posting the first NFL win totals in Las Vegas, the sportsbook at the South Point casino took multiple $1,000 bets on New England to..." May 01

  • 10 best players still available in 2017 NFL Draft

    Larry Brown Sports "The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has officially come to a close and 32 players now have a new home. But what about all the players who remain? What about those who unexpectedly fell? And just how far will those with question-mark players continue to fall? Each of those are legitimate..." April 28

  • Takkarist McKinley on emotional F-bomb: 'Probably got fined already'

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley poked fun at himself after using the F-word in a live draft night interview Thursday with NFL Network analyst and Falcons Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. The Falcons traded with the Seattle Seahawks to move up from the 31st overall pick to..." April 28

  • Falcons could trade up in first round

    Pro Football Talk "We’ve heard a lot this week about teams drafting early that would like to trade down in the first round and the lack of interest from buyers, but there are some teams that are reportedly open to such a move. The Broncos are reportedly looking to move up from No. 20 and the 2016 NFC champions..." April 27

  • Falcons looking to swap first-round picks with Seahawks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Atlanta Falcons might be interested in trading first-round picks with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Draft Analyst. Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline writes the Falcons might trade for Seattle’s 26th overall pick to acquire a top-rated pass rusher, possibly Missouri’s Charles..." April 27

  • Deshaun Watson has special connection to Falcons, Matt Ryan

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson grew up in Gainesville, Ga., just a few minutes away from the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility in Flowery Branch. In an interview conducted by DraftKings, Watson discusses how he became a ball boy for the Falcons through the Boys and Girls Club when he was..." April 26

  • Report: Falcons Discussing Trade Up With Seahawks For Pass Rusher

    NFL Trade Rumors "Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reports that that the Falcons and Seahawks are discussing a potential trade that would involve them swapping first-round picks. According to Pauline, the Falcons would like to get ahead of the Steelers, Packers, and Cowboys to ensure that they’re able to come..." April 25

  • 'Bloodbath' in Bristol: ESPN could cut 70 people

    Sporting News "The layoffs at ESPN might turn out worse than predicted, sources tell Sporting News. The Worldwide Leader in Sports could cut around 70 TV/radio anchors, reporters, analysts and online writers over coming days and weeks, sources said. That would be worse than the 40 to 50 on-air talents..." April 25

  • First college games at new Falcons stadium will have roof closed

    Pro Football Talk "Atlanta’s new stadium has a roof that is supposed to open and close with the flip of a switch. Until further notice, the switch will be in the “off” position. Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the college football games due to be played on Labor Day weekend at the new venue will proceed..." April 24

  • Joe Mixon off Falcons' draft board

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons are in the final stages of rating and stacking players on their board for the NFL draft, which will be held Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who has been involved domestic violence case, is not on the team’s draft board, The..." April 24

  • Dan Quinn comfortable with Dontari Poe's reporting weight

    ESPN "Without revealing the specific number, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he was comfortable with new defensive tackle Dontari Poe's weight upon reporting for offseason workouts this week. Quinn previously said weight was going to be factor in Poe playing at his best in a new defensive..." April 23

  • Falcons' Taylor Gabriel signs second-round tender

    NFL.com "Taylor Gabriel is officially under contract for the 2017 campaign. Fresh off a breakout 2016 season, the unrestricted free agent signed his second-round tender worth roughly $2.8 million with the Falcons, the team announced Saturday. Atlanta was never really at a risk of losing Gabriel to..." April 22

  • Dan Quinn: Several edge rushers in draft will have immediate impact

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn sees a wide variety of edge rushers in this year's draft class, but the pass-rush expert dissected enough of them to realize how many are capable of making an immediate impact. The draft is an inexact science, of course. But Quinn tried his best to quantify how..." April 21

  • Julio Jones, others limited for Falcons in offseason program

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A few players for the Falcons are not participating fully in the team’s offseason program, yet team officials expect wide receiver Julio Jones, center Alex Mack, cornerback Desmond Trufant, and defensive linemen Derrick Shelby and Adrian Clayborn to be recovered from injuries for training..." April 20

  • Falcons GM open to drafting red-flagged prospects: ‘We’re not looking for angels’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons may be willing to take a risk on a prospect with potential character concerns in the NFL draft later this month. Speaking on Thursday about Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and other red-flagged prospects, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, according to Knox..." April 20

  • Falcons plan to exercise Jake Matthews’ 2018 option

    Pro Football Rumors "Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff plans to exercise the fifth-year option on tackle Jake Matthews, as D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets. For now, a new long-term deal is on the back burner. The decision to exercise Matthews’ option was not necessarily a hard one for..." April 20

  • Falcons GM open to drafting red-flagged prospects: ‘We’re not looking for angels’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons may be willing to take a risk on a prospect with potential character concerns in the NFL draft later this month. Speaking on Thursday about Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and other red-flagged prospects, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, according to Knox..." April 20

  • NFL owners chipped in millions to fund President Trump’s inauguration events

    Sporting News "Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was among many high-rolling sports figures to contribute to President Donald Trump's inaugural festivities, including six other NFL owners who donated $1 million, The Washington Post reported, citing a Federal Election Commission filing it obtained. The Republican..." April 20

  • Phil Simms joining CBS’ The NFL Today as studio analyst

    Sportsnaut "CBS announced Wednesday that Phil Simms will be joining the show The NFL Today as a studio analyst. Simms had previously made it clear he wasn’t done working in broadcasting after being bumped for Tony Romo in the live booth next to Jim Nantz. A consummate professional, we expect Simms to..." April 19