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  • NFL Owners Approve Raiders' Relocation Proposal

    NBC New York "NFL owners have given the Oakland Raiders the green light to continue with their current home in the East Bay in favor of Las Vegas. Stay tuned for updates. Monday could be the day many fans of the "Silver and Black" have feared for years. NFL owners stationed in Phoenix could vote as..." March 28

  • The NFL has an odd rule about refs visiting Las Vegas during the regular season

    CBS Sports "If the Raiders want to have an officiating crew at the first game they play in Las Vegas, then the NFL is going to have change one of its weirdest rules, which you probably didn’t even know about: NFL refs aren’t allowed to visit Sin City during the season. Under current league policy, every..." March 27

  • NFL owners to rake in absurd money in Rams, Chargers and Raiders relocation fees

    Sportsnaut "NFL owners are in Phoenix, Arizona for the Annual League Meeting, and they’re expected to approve a proposal that would send the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. Now we have at least one idea about why there is so much overwhelming support for the proposed move, as it means more money in the..." March 27

  • Brett Favre comes out to throw to Robert Alford

    Atlanta Falcons Blog "Falcons cornerback Robert Alford, who returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown in Super Bowl LI, is working out with Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. We don’t know if Alford was working on covering receivers out of the slot, but the Falcons want to look at option again this..." March 23

  • Hugh Thornton reacts to becoming a Falcon

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution " The Atlanta Falcons Tuesday picked up offensive guard Hugh Thornton, who spent the past three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Thornton took to Instagram to thank fans and announce his new home in Atlanta." March 23

  • ESPN formally announces Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder, Trey Wingo to head NFL studio shows

    Awful Announcing "Three weeks ago, Jim Miller reported that ESPN would replace Chris Berman with a trio of studio hosts: Trey Wingo, Suzy Kolber and Samantha Ponder. On Thursday, ESPN finally confirmed the news, announcing that Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown, Ponder will lead Sunday NFL Countdown and Wingo..." March 23

  • Julio Jones: “The foot’s good”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who recently had foot surgery, gave an update after his appearance at the state capitol Wednesday. “I’m good,” Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The foot’s good. I’m two weeks out now, I think, but it’s good.” Jones was on hand to announce..." March 23

  • Devonta Freeman on Super Bowl loss: ‘Like a scar you’ll see forever’

    Yardbarker "The Atlanta Falcons are now far removed from their Super Bowl LI meltdown against the New England Patriots. The players have moved on to off-season workouts, vacations and spending time with their families. In no way does this mean that members of the Falcons will soon forget about the team..." March 22

  • 3 Potential Returner Options for Falcons

    AtlantaFalcons.com "One of the most intriguing positions battles ahead of the 2017 season could be at returner. The Falcons have a spot to fill on the depth chart at punt and kick returner. With the addition of Andre Roberts, the Falcons now have three viable candidates to fill this role on their..." March 21

  • Falcons sign team president Rich McKay to an extension

    Pro Football Talk "Rich McKay has worked for the Falcons since 2004 and the relationship is set to continue through 2022. The Falcons announced on Tuesday that McKay has signed a five-year contract extension to remain in his roles as team president and CEO. McKay is also the president of AMB Sports &..." March 21

  • 5 reasons why the Chiefs let Dontari Poe become a free agent

    Atlanta Falcons Blog "Back in my days in law school at the University of Cincinnati along with renowned announcer Cris Collinsworth — we took Tax and Corporations together — I learned a lot of new and fancy words. Seldom do I get to use my pretty words in the sports vernacular , but today I do. Two of those..." March 19

  • Dontari Poe has $500,000 weight bonus

    Pro Football Talk "Dontari Poe has 500,000 reasons to get to 330 and to stay there. Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Poe’s one-year contract with the Falcons includes a half-million bonus tied to Poe making weight on a consistent basis. Failure to meet his goals will eat (pun not intended) into his $8..." March 18

  • Slim pickings remain in free agency

    Pro Football Talk "There aren’t many big moves left to make in free agency. Sure, there’s still the question of whether our No. 1 free agent, Le’Veon Bell, will sign a long-term deal in Pittsburgh or play this season on the franchise tag. And there are big names out there like Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and..." March 18

  • Falcons land Dontari Poe

    Pro Football Talk "Five years ago, Scott Pioli drafted Dontari Poe in Kansas City. With Poe a free agent, Pioli has helped bring Poe to Atlanta, where Pioli now serves as assistant G.M. Per a league source, the Falcons have agreed to terms with Poe, who drew interest from several cities after becoming a free..." March 16

  • Poe leaves Falcons without a contract, to see Dolphins

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons had cleared some salary-cap space, presumably to get in better position to sign free-agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe. But it apparently wasn’t enough to help land Poe, arguably the best defensive tackle left in free agency. Poe left Atlanta on Tuesday without a deal after..." March 16

  • Falcons bring back Blidi Wreh-Wilson

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons announced Monday that they’re keeping cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson with a new contract. Wreh-Wilson was signed last November when the Falcons had to place cornerback Desmond Trufant on injured reserve. A third-round pick of the Titans in 2013, Wreh-Wilson only played in one game for..." March 13

  • Falcons expect Dontari Poe visit in “next 24 hours”

    Atlanta Falcons Blog "Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff let it be known that the team is very interested in signing free agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe on Monday. “It’s been reported about Poe coming into visit,” Dimitroff said while appearing on the team’s flagship radio station, 92.9 The Game with John..." March 13

  • Devonta Freeman: Sticking with Atlanta Falcons, won't request trade

    ESPN "Even though his contract is set to expire after the 2017 season, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman says he has no plans to seek a trade out of Atlanta. "This is coming out of my mouth: I definitely know I'm going to be playing for the Atlanta Falcons," Freeman said. "This is the team I want..." March 13

  • Rex Burkhead visits the Falcons

    Pro Football Talk "The running back market hasn’t heated up in free agency, but at least one back has made a visit. Former Bengals running back Rex Burkhead was in Atlanta for a visit with the Falcons, Field Yates of ESPN reports. If Burkhead were to sign with the Falcons, he’d join a crowded backfield that..." March 12

  • Falcons Coach Dan Quinn Super Bowl Regrets? Let's Talk 4th Quarter Playcalling

    TMZ "Why did the Falcons call PASSING PLAYS in the final minutes of the Super Bowl instead of running the ball and kicking a FG that would have put the game out of reach?!?! That's exactly what we asked ATL head coach Dan Quinn. Coach Quinn -- who couldn't have been nicer -- essentially says..." March 12

  • Falcons restructure Schraeder's contract, save $4.8M in cap space

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons have created $4.8MM in cap space by converting offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder‘s $6MM roster bonus into a signing bonus, tweets Field Yates of ESPN.com.Ryan Schraeder (vertical) Schraeder, 28, agreed to a five-year, $30MM extension with Atlanta in November (a deal that, given the..." March 11

  • Falcons wideout Eric Weems heading to Tennessee

    Pro Football Talk "The Titans are apparently serious about improving on special teams. According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Falcons wide receiver Eric Weems is heading to Tennessee. Weems was never really a factor on offense, catching one pass in the last two seasons for the Falcons. But he was a special..." March 10

  • Falcons re-sign Levine Toilolo, LaRoy Reynolds

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons added defensive lineman Jack Crawford in free agency, but they spent more time re-signing members of their NFC title team on Thursday. Defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw and quarterback Matt Schaub were back in the fold ahead of the start of the new league year and the team announced..." March 10

  • Falcons Being Linked To DT Dontari Poe

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jason La Canfora continues to hear the Falcons being linked to free agent DT Dontari Poe. Although, La Canfora says that there’s a “very good” chance Poe will sign a one-year contract and test the open market again in 2018. Last night, ESPN’s Ed Werder mentioned that there are some concerns..." March 10

  • Devonta Freeman’s people have a flair for the dramatic

    Pro Football Talk "You have to give it to the people around Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, they know how to keep his name in the news. It started the week of the Super Bowl, when his agent Kristin Campbell stoked the flames by saying “It’s time for the Falcons to pay him like the elite back he is.” But..." March 10

  • Falcons hang onto Courtney Upshaw

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have bigger deals to do in the coming hours, but they filled in a blank with a versatile player. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Falcons have agreed to terms to bring back linebacker/defensive end Courtney Upshaw. The former Ravens second-rounder played a number..." March 09

  • Falcons to re-sign backup QB Matt Schaub

    ESPN "The Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Schaub have reached agreement on a two-year, $9 million deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schaub, 36, is coming off his 13th NFL season after signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Falcons last year. He played in just four games in..." March 08

  • Desmond Trufant Expected To Get Between $12.5-$14M Per Year In New Deal With Falcons

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jason Cole of B/R reports that the expect CB Desmond Trufant‘s next contract to be in the range of $12.5 million to $14 million per year. Cole adds that Atlanta doesn’t anticipate this being a difficult negotiation for either party. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff previously mentioned that..." March 07

  • Falcons, Trufant heating up contract talks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Negotiations between the Falcons and cornerback Desmond Trufant picked up here on Saturday. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn meet with Trufant’s agents Doug Hendrickson and C.J. Laboy sat together to around midnight at a popular steak restaurant. Dimitroff..." March 05

  • Julio Jones may be having foot surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones said after the Super Bowl that he’d wait a month to have the foot/toe injury that caused him problems in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl evaluated to see if he’ll need surgery. That meeting is set for Monday with Dr. Robert Anderson, the Charlotte foot..." March 03

  • Falcons to place 2nd-round tender on Taylor Gabriel

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons will place the second-round tender on restricted free agent wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, ESPN.com’s Vaughn McClure reported Friday. The Falcons likely feel comfortable that Gabriel won’t receive an offer from another team at that tender level because a team that signs Gabriel would..." March 03

  • Falcons Expected To Re-Sign DE Courtney Upshaw Next Week

    NFL Trade Rumors "Vaughn McClure of ESPN is reporting that the Falcons are expected to re-sign veteran DE Courtney Upshaw but an agreement is unlikely to be in place until next week. There had been talk that Upshaw was likely to return to Atlanta after he proved to be a valuable and versatile player for the..." March 02

  • NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith says he wants weed treated as health issue, like concussions

    USA Today "The NFL Players Association plans to propose updates to the collectively bargained substance abuse policy that repositions marijuana use as a player health and safety issue, along the same lines as revisions to concussion protocol in recent years. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told..." March 02

  • Julio Jones to be evaluated, may need surgery on injured foot

    Yardbarker "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones still might need surgery on his injured foot. According to Falcons coach Dan Quinn, Jones will be checked out by doctors later in the week to determine a treatment plan for his bad foot, which may include a surgical procedure. Jones spent the latter..." March 01

  • Dan Quinn: Falcons 'not over' Super Bowl collapse

    NESN "Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn addressed the media Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. His first topic of discussion? The Falcons’ devastating loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, during which his team blew a 25-point lead in the final 17 minutes of..." March 01

  • Competition Committee discussing centralizing review system

    NFL.com "The NFL's Competition Committee is discussing two proposals that would significantly alter officiating -- whether to make referees full-time employees and how to centralize the replay review system. According to one league official familiar with the committee's conversations during its meetings..." March 01

  • League considering full-time referees, again

    Pro Football Talk "The issue of full-time officials has percolated from time to time over the past five years. Indeed, the 2012 labor deal between the league and the NFL Referees Association gave the NFL the right to hire up to 17 full-time officials. The NFL once again is considering whether to finally follow..." March 01

  • Fantasy football involvement caused NCAA suspension of UR baseball players

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "Two of the University of Richmond’s best baseball players are among five who have begun this season suspended for NCAA rules violations related to fantasy football involvement. Right-hander Keenan Bartlett, a junior who Baseball America recognized in the preseason as the A-10’s third-best..." February 28

  • Mohamed Sanu: SB LI collapse won't define Falcons

    NFL.com "Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu might be guilty of wishful thinking, but he doesn't think the Falcons should be defined by their performance in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI. "I mean, it's however you guys want to interpret it as. Us as a team, we know what we have and what we did..." February 24

  • Falcons Expected To Remake Defensive Line

    Pro Football Rumors "Having already fired defensive coordinator Richard Smith and defensive line coach Bryan Cox, the Falcons are expected to use free agency and the draft in order to bolster their defensive line, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. Free agent defensive lineman Earl Mitchell is expected to..." February 22

  • Kyle Shanahan may bring Jacob Tamme with him to San Francisco

    Pro Football Talk "Jacob Tamme hits free agency after a disappointing 2016 season in Atlanta, in which he caught just 22 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns before spending the second half of the season on injured reserve. But that doesn’t mean the soon-to-be 32-year-old tight end won’t have teams vying for..." February 19

  • Charlie Weis Jr., Kyle Flood among new Falcons coaches

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons coaching staff lost both coordinators and several other assistants in the wake of their Super Bowl loss and they moved quickly to fill the most prominent openings. They’ve now filled out the lower rungs of Dan Quinn’s staff as well and the team announced the completion of their..." February 17

  • Kyle Shanahan has become a scapegoat for Falcons’ Super Bowl collapse

    Fox Sports "Former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had a prolific year in Atlanta, orchestrating an offense that put up historic scoring numbers in the 2016 season - but in the span of one game, he became one of the least popular people in Atlanta after the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in..." February 16

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • Roddy White says Kyle Shanahan 'destroyed a dream' for Atlanta in Super Bowl

    Sporting News "Former Falcons receiver Roddy White blew $100,000 in Las Vegas over Super Bowl weekend, and it still didn't hurt as much as watching his Falcons suffer a historic meltdown in Super Bowl 51. White on Tuesday blasted former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for his overly aggressive..." February 15

  • Falcons hire Georgia high school coaching legend to help with line

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have had plenty of coaching turnover since their Super Bowl loss, and are apparently dipping into the high school ranks to fill one vacancy. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons are hiring Jess Simpson (not that one) to become their..." February 14

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Restricted free-agent Taylor Gabriel wants to be a 'Falcon forever'

    ESPN "Taylor Gabriel wants to continue his career with the Atlanta Falcons. The feeling from the team is mutual. The wide receiver is a restricted free agent, meaning the Falcons have the upper hand with him even if another team has the intent to sign him to an offer sheet. However, it seems unlikely..." February 14

  • Atlanta zoo names cockroach after Tom Brady

    Sporting News "Atlanta fans are still bitter about their devastating Super Bowl loss. With the Patriots' comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl 51, Zoo Atlanta lost a bet with Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., and had to name one of its newest baby animals after Tom Brady. Zoo Atlanta held..." February 14

  • Some late-season Thursday Night Football games could move to Saturday

    Awful Announcing "With the 2016-17 NFL season, it’s time for the league’s TV’s partners to look ahead for the next season and what teams they’ll lobby for. Due to the Dallas Cowboys’ effect on the ratings in the second half of last season, there’s no doubt that all of the networks will want to maximize the number..." February 14

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