Falcons Rumors & News

  • Vikings send Super Bowl gift to charitable Eagles fans

    Pro Football Talk "After the NFC Championship Game, we shared news about Eagles donating to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s foundation as a way of apologizing for bad behavior by other fans before, during and after the game. Some Eagles fans also donated to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation and some of them got a..." February 21

  • 15 NFL players who could be cut before free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The official start to the new league year is less than a month away, which means all 32 NFL teams are gearing up for their annual free agency frenzy. In preparation for said frenzy, each team is currently deep in evaluation mode, looking not just at the crop of impending free agents, but also..." February 21

  • Falcons open contract talks with Matt Bryant

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons have opened contact discussions with kicker Matt Bryant, who could become an unrestricted free agent on March 14. “We have talked and more talks are scheduled,” Bryant’s agent Jordan Woy wrote in an e-mail to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “Nothing yet, but both..." February 21

  • Fox is reportedly pushing for a stronger TNF schedule, might move some Sunday matchups to Thursday

    Awful Announcing "Whether Fox’s move to acquire rights to Thursday Night Football for the next five years at an estimated rate of $550 million per year is a good one or not may have a whole lot to do with how good the schedule is. TNF has taken a lot of criticism over the past few years for a weaker schedule than..." February 20

  • NFL Rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 20

  • Taylor Gabriel “grateful” Falcons wanted him, but free agency is “a business”

    ESPN "There was a time not too long ago when Taylor Gabriel said he wanted to be with the Atlanta Falcons "forever." Unfortunately, the soon-to-be free agent wide receiver knows fulfilling such a desire is out of his control. Gabriel set the bar high with an impressive 2016 season when he topped all..." February 19

  • NFL free agency rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 14

  • NFL Rumors: Who will be most active teams in NFL Free Agency?

    Fanrag Sports "We’re roughly one month from the NFL‘s annual free-agent shopping spree, when — despite general managers’ best efforts to build rosters primarily through the draft — executives often cannot resist the temptation of landing splashy free agents. With Kirk Cousins, Ziggy Ansah, Le’Veon Bell and..." February 13

  • Devonta Freeman will “possibly” be ready for OTAs

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons running back Devonta Freeman played through a MCL and PCL injury in his knee at the end of the 2017 season. Three weeks removed from his team’s final game, Freeman provided an update on his status during a Friday visit to the set of PFT Live. “I’m getting better,” Freeman said. “I just..." February 03

  • Atlanta Falcons owner: We want Matt Ryan here for life

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons reached the Super Bowl last year on the heels of a fantastic season by Matt Ryan, and the team understands that signing their franchise quarterback to a long-term contract will be critical to the franchise's success in the years ahead. Falcons owner Arthur Blank replied..." February 02

  • NFLPA: More concussion evaluations says we’re smarter about delivering care

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL announced last month that players were diagnosed with 281 concussions in 2017, which represented a new high since the league started tracking total concussions six years ago and was a number that NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills called a “disappointment.” During a press conference..." February 02

  • Falcons Open To Signing S Ricardo Allen To Long-Term Extension

    NFL Trade Rumors "Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said they would be open to signing S Ricardo Allen to a long-term deal, as opposed to having him play out the 2018 season under a restricted tender. “Yes, I believe we can create space for Rico and a number of other players,” Dimitroff said when asked if they could..." February 01

  • Arthur Blank was not happy that Robert Kraft put 283 diamonds in Patriots’ rings

    Pro Football Talk "After New England came back from a 28-3 deficit to beat Atlanta in last year’s Super Bowl, Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrated that comeback by putting 283 diamonds in his team’s Super Bowl rings. Falcons owner Arthur Blank was not amused. Blank told the New York Times that he found it..." February 01

  • Report: Fox paying $550 million a year for Thursdays

    Pro Football Talk "Here’s why Thursday Night Football isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. According to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily, the winning bid submitted by Fox for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package is worth $550 million a year. He also reports that the top Fox broadcast team of Joe Buck and..." January 31

  • The NFL Lost $30 Million In Ad Revenue Thanks To Plummeting TV Ratings in 2017

    Total Pro Sports "It has been an ongoing issue for two seasons now with the NFL losing viewers for various reasons. While many pointed to Colin Kaepernick and his stance to kneel during the National Anthem which caused hundreds of other players to follow suit, you’d also have to count in the fact that many people..." January 31

  • Fox reportedly near deal to win broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football

    Awful Announcing "Scott Soshnick and Lucas Shaw of Bloomberg report that Fox is close to a deal for the broadcast rights to Thursday Night Football. Fox’s Thursday Night Football bid is reportedly higher than the $45 million per game price ($450 million over 10 games) that CBS and NBC combined to pay last..." January 31

  • Roger Goodell: NFL is prepared for legalized gambling

    Sportsnaut "The NBA might very well be fully supportive of legalized sports gambling around the United States, but that doesn’t mean the NFL will fall in line. The league has consistently opposed any expansion of legalized sports gambling, something that’s not going to change any time soon. But NFL..." January 30

  • Roger Goodell 'concerned' about NFL catch rule

    NFL.com "The confounding catch rule is the bane of many football fans' existence. Count NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as one of those perturbed viewers fixated on simplifying and clarifying the rule this offseason. "I'm not just somewhat concerned. I am concerned," Goodell told FOX Sports' Colin..." January 29

  • How much do Super Bowl commercials cost in 2018?

    Sporting News "Super Bowl 52, also known as Super Bowl LII, is set for Sunday, Feb. 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings since the 2016 season. The game will be the first Super Bowl hosted by Minnesota since Super Bowl XXVI on Jan. 26, 1992. This year it's the Eagles vs. the Patriots, but..." January 29

  • NFL Pro Bowl ratings up 28% from last year

    247 Sports "The NFL's decision to move the Pro Bowl to an afternoon slot paid dividends when it comes to the game's ratings. A considerable amount of people tuned into watch this year's Pro Bowl than in 2017, as the league decided to kickoff their all-start game this past Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The Pro Bowl..." January 29

  • Which quarterbacks will be released or traded?

    Sporting News "Free agency and quarterbacks normally are not words used together, but this year could be different, as a few passers should make their way to the open market. Here we look at some of the top quarterback free agents and players who could be released or traded in 2018. Kirk Cousins,..." January 29

  • NFL ratings decline leads to an increase in makegoods, $300 million drop in ad revenue

    Awful Announcing "Whatever the reasons behind the NFL’s decline in ratings, and they’re likely myriad, it was always going to be tough for that big of a drop to not impact the bottom line. According to AdWeek, that’s exactly what happened: It didn’t happen until the final month of the regular season, but the..." January 26

  • Falcons drop concession prices, sales increase

    ESPN "Sports fans who have long criticized their favorite teams for the prices they charge at the stadium might finally get their wish of cheaper concessions. That's what could happen if others follow the lead of Atlanta Falcons and United owner Arthur Blank, whose group revealed Thursday that,..." January 25

  • XFL 2.0: Vince McMahon’s company teases “major sports announcement”

    Pro Football Talk "Vince McMahon’s plans to give the XFL a second try appear closer than ever, with a “major sports announcement” set for today. Alpha Entertainment, the sports business McMahon funded by selling $100 million of WWE stock, today said it will have a major announcement at 3 p.m. Eastern. That..." January 25

  • Falcons to prioritize Matt Ryan contract extension

    Fanrag Sports "Upon making an appearance on PFT Live, Atlanta Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay made a point to note that the NFC South franchise expects to sign quarterback Matt Ryan to a longterm contract extension. However, it still remains to be seen as to when exactly such a pact comes into..." January 25

  • Report: NFL could keep teams in locker room for anthem in 2018

    247 Sports "Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and his teammates may have to find a different way to protest racial inequality in 2018. According to ESPN's Jim Trotter, the NFL plans to keep all players in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem next season, which would the..." January 24

  • Report: Falcons emerge as potential trade partner for Siemian

    247 Sports "Trevor Siemian's trade market reportedly is growing strong. Sources tell RosterWatch.com that "several suitors" have surfaced for the veteran quarterback. The Atlanta Falcons, in particular, are considered a landing spot due to the presence of Greg Knapp, the Broncos' former quarterbacks coach..." January 23

  • Falcons hire Greg Knapp as quarterbacks coach

    Sporting News "Matt Ryan has a new tutor. A source told Sporting News that Atlanta has hired Greg Knapp as its new quarterbacks coach. The well-traveled Knapp is returning to the franchise where he was offensive coordinator from 2004 to 2006 when Michael Vick was at quarterback. Besides holding that..." January 21

  • GM: Falcons Could Extend RB Tevin Coleman

    Pro Football Rumors "Prior to the season, the Falcons signed running back Devonta Freeman to a lucrative contract extension. Pretty soon, the front office will have to think about extending fellow running back Tevin Coleman, which could prove to be a tricky situation. However, as general manager Thomas Dimitroff told..." January 20

  • 2018 Salary Cap Could Exceed $180M?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Jurecki recently spoke to a source who suggested that the 2018 NFL salary cap could end up exceeding $180 million once it’s finalized for the upcoming league year. Last we heard, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported a month ago that the NFL distributed 2018 salary cap projections to teams..." January 19

  • Falcons' Quinn: Blame isn't on Steve Sarkisian alone

    NFL.com "Atlanta's season ended in disappointing fashion, topped off by a peculiar play call on fourth and goal. Immediately (and understandably), thousands of index fingers extended in the direction of offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. On Thursday, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn deflected blame from..." January 18

  • Falcons To Open Extension Talks With K Matt Bryant

    NFL Trade Rumors "Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said Thursday that they plan to discuss a contract extension with veteran kicker Matt Bryant at some point in the near future, per Vaughn McClure. Bryant, 42, began his NFL career with the Giants back in 2002. He had stints with the Cowboys, Colts, Dolphins and..." January 18

  • NFL could reportedly force players to stay in locker room during anthem in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "Forcing players to stand for the national anthem has never really been an option for the NFL, but the league could still explore other means of preventing protests prior to the 2018 season. According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, the NFL is considering implementing a policy that would require players..." January 18

  • Falcons’ “Main Focus” Is Signing Matt Ryan To Extension

    NFL Trade Rumors "On Thursday, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff told reporters that their “main focus” this offseason will be to sign QB Matt Ryan to a contract extension, per Kelsey Conway. Ryan is one year removed from an MVP season in which he took the Falcons to the Super Bowl and considering that he’s entering..." January 18

  • Falcons Interviewing Jedd Fisch For QBs Coach Job

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is reporting that the Falcons are interviewing for UCLA OC/Interim HC Jedd Fisch for their QBs coaching position. This, of course, implies that Bush Hamdan could be out as the team’s QBs coach for the 2018 season. Fisch, 41, began his NFL coaching career with..." January 16

  • Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian Expected To Return For 2018 Season

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport reports that Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian is expected to return for the 2018 season and will have the full confidence of HC Dan Quinn and his staff. A report surfaced last week that many in coaching circles expected Sarkisian to end up with the Seahawks as their new offensive..." January 16

  • Matt Ryan on final play: We had right players in mind, just fell short

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons won’t be returning to the Super Bowl this year as they lost 15-10 to the Eagles in Philadelphia on Saturday. They had a chance to take the lead on their final offensive play when they tried a rollout pass to wide receiver Julio Jones on fourth-and-two with just under a minute left..." January 14

  • Falcons RB Devonta Freeman played through sprained knee during playoffs

    Sporting News "Devonta Freeman played through a sprained posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee during both Falcons playoff games this year, the Atlanta running back told ESPN after the team was ousted from the postseason with a 15-10 loss at the Eagles on Saturday. Freeman said..." January 14

  • Nick Foles not scared of Falcons’ D: ‘Someone is going to be open’

    Sportsnaut "It seems like everyone is talking about how Nick Foles is going to doom the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday when they host the Atlanta Falcons. But Foles himself isn’t worried in the least about going up against Atlanta’s Cover 3 defense. “What they’re saying is, ‘Hey, we’re going to show..." January 13

  • Dan Quinn: “Zero Chance” Of Steve Sarkisian Leaving For Seahawks’ OC Job

    NFL Trade Rumors "Falcons HC Dan Quinn told reporters on Wednesday that there’s “zero chance” of OC Steve Sarkisian leaving for the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator job, per Vaughn McClure. According to Jason La Canfora, many in coaching circles expect current Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian to end up with the..." January 10

  • Steve Sarkisian’s name surfaces after Seahawks fire OC

    247 Sports "Steve Sarkisian had his ups and downs in his first year as the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator, but after a mid-season scoring slump and losing skid, eventually helped get the defending NFC champs back into the playoffs. Now, it appears he could be courting attention from rival NFL..." January 10

  • NFL wild card ratings all drop by double digits, continuing a bad year for the league

    Awful Announcing "The ratings news is in for the first round of the NFL playoffs, and it doesn’t look great for the networks and the NFL, with every single game suffering double-digit drops year over year relative to comparable slots. First, the Tennessee Titans-Kansas City Chiefs broadcast on ESPN and ABC..." January 08

  • Eagles are first No. 1 seed to be underdogs to No. 6 seed

    Pro Football Talk "The Eagles are the top team in the NFC playoffs. The Falcons are the bottom team in the NFC playoffs. But when they meet in Philadelphia on Saturday, the Falcons will be the favorites. Sports books have Atlanta as a three-point favorite over Philadelphia. It’s the first time the No. 6 seed in..." January 08

  • Eagles made underdog for division game against Falcons

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Eagles are poised to do something no other No. 1 seed ever has -- begin the playoffs as an underdog. The Atlanta Falcons opened as 2.5-point favorites over the Eagles in Saturday's divisional round game in Philadelphia. Since 1975, when the NFL began basing home-field..." January 07

  • Matt Ryan, Falcons upset Rams, will play Eagles next

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons held the NFL's top scoring offense to 13 points Saturday night in Los Angeles, beating the Rams 26-13 to advance to the NFC Divisional Round to play the Philadelphia Eagles. Here is what you need to know: 1. The Atlanta Falcons didn't blow a lead this time. Dan Quinn's team..." January 07

  • Snoop Dogg will be halftime performer for Falcons-Rams game

    Yardbarker "The Rams will host a playoff game in Los Angeles for the first time since 1979. In addition to the game, which should be amazing in its own right, fans will be entertained at halftime by Snoop Dogg. Perhaps this news might spark some last-minute sales in tickets which reportedly have been low..." January 06

  • Devonta Freeman off Falcons injury report

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have a clean injury report heading into Saturday night’s Wild Card game against the Rams. Coach Dan Quinn said on Thursday that no members of the team will be given injury designations on their final injury report of the week. That means they expect everyone on the active roster to..." January 04

  • Terrell Owens, Randy Moss headline 15 finalists for Hall of Fame class of 2018

    CBS Sports "From 108 to 27 to 15. The list of candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018 continues to shrink. On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame whittled down the list of candidates for the Class of 2018 to 15 all-time greats. The process started with 108 nominees in September...." January 03

  • Falcons place Andy Levitre on injured reserve

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Andy Levitre will be placed on injured reserve after the starting left guard was re-injured in Sunday’s regular-season finale. The team will call up running back Terrence Magee from the practice squad to fill the roster sport ahead of the Falcons Wild Card playoff..." January 02

  • Matt Ryan, Julio Jones make history

    Pro Football Talk "The best news for the Falcons is that they managed to secure a playoff berth in Week 17. The good news is that a couple of their key offensive players have made some history. According to the NFL, quarterback Matt Ryan finished the season with 41,796 yards. That’s the highest total for any..." January 01