Falcons Rumors & News

  • Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman likely to split reps in Atlanta

    Pro Football Talk "Steven Jackson is out after two years as the Falcons’ top running back. At the moment, the plan is for last year’s fourth-round pick and this year’s third-round pick to split the job of taking Jackson’s place. Devonta Freeman, who had 65 carries for 248 yards as a rookie last year, and Tevin..." May 24

  • Brooks Reed could miss start of Falcons' OTAs

    ESPN.com "Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Brooks Reed suffered a "minor" groin injury, according to multiple sources, but the injury could keep Reed sidelined for the start of organized team activities next week. Reed apparently injured his groin during the team's recent voluntary minicamp. The..." May 24

  • Bartu’s two-game suspension lifted

    Atlanta Falcons Blog "Falcons linebacker Joplo Bartu had a two-game suspension lifted, but was fined $50,000 by the league, according to league-outlet NFL Media. Bartu had a driving under the influence no contest plea in 2014. He reportedly received a two-day suspended sentence and 12 months of probation, along..." May 24

  • If the Falcons are working towards a Julio Jones extension, how much is too much?

    The Falcoholic "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is a beast among men. He doesn't need an introduction, because his track record speaks for itself. Jones is entering the final year of his contract; he's owed just north of $10 million in 2015. Aside from some injury history, he's been an absolute dream..." May 23

  • US appeals court upholds $50M settlement for retired NFL players

    CBSSports.com "The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a $50 million lawsuit settlement regarding publicity rights for retired NFL players, according to the Associated Press. The appeals court rejected arguments by several retirees -- including Jim Marshall, Joe Senser and Dan Pastorini -- that..." May 21

  • The South will host 2019, 2020 Super Bowls

    SB Nation "The NFL narrowed the potential host cities of the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls at the owners meetings on Tuesday, naming Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Miami as the four that will bid for the games. Each of the four cities has experience hosting the NFL's biggest event, including 10 Super..." May 20

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    Dean Blandino @DeanBlandino

    The extra point rule for 2015 just changed. Snap for kick from the 15-yard line, 2-pt try stays at 2-yard line and defense can return.

  • Extra point tries moved to the 15-yard line

    Pro Football Talk "One of the NFL’s staid elements is getting a shake up. Extra points will be attempted from the 15-yard-line beginning in 2015, the NFL announced Tuesday. Owners approved the rules change, which makes the extra point a 32- or 33-yard attempt, at the league’s spring meeting in San..." May 19

  • Falcons safety William Moore (shoulder) hopes to be cleared soon

    ESPN.com "Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore, who underwent major shoulder surgery following the 2014 season, hopes to be cleared for at least limited activity before the offseason concludes. ``When will I be back on the field? When I get cleared,'' Moore said. ``Seriously though, I don't know...." May 18

  • Bruce Irvin Tells BSO He Wants to Play For Falcons

    Black Sports Online "After the Hawks game on Wednesday, Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin, told me a very bold statement. “I’m going to be in Atlanta next season. I’m ready,” said Irvin in response to my question about where he wants to be after his contract his up. Irvin, who is from Atlanta, was informed by the..." May 14

  • PAT change coming? NFL owners to consider 3 proposals at May meetings

    CBSSports.com "The extra point as we know it could be coming to an end. When the NFL Spring Meeting kicks off in San Francisco next week (May 18-20), the league's 32 owners will be presented with three proposals on how to make the extra point better. If 24 out of the NFL's 32 owners vote to pass any of the..." May 13

  • Falcons sign rookie RB Tevin Coleman

    NFL.com "The Atlanta Falcons have Tevin Coleman under contract. Play NFL Fantasy Football! The third-round running back signed his rookie contract on Tuesday, according to the team's official website. Drawing comparisons to a young Darren McFadden, Coleman figures to play a major role in Atlanta's..." May 12

  • Falcons sign Jonathon Mincy, Matt Huffer

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons added two undrafted rookies to the roster and waived three others Sunday, with Auburn defensive back Jonathon Mincy and South Dakota offensive tackle Matt Huffer joining the fold, the team said. A collegiate cornerback, Mincy (5-10, 196) notched 70 tackles (55 solo), defended eight..." May 11

  • Falcons hope to sign Julio Jones to extension in ‘near future’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "With the draft and rookie minicamp over, the Falcons will shift their front-office focus to working on a long-term contract for wide receiver Julio Jones. “That’s where we’ll continue to focus right now,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “He’s an important part of making sure that..." May 11

  • Mike Vick Police Report QB Allegedly Threatens Ex-Business Partner, Vick Calls B.S.

    TMZ.com "Mike Vick's ex-business partner claims he's been on the receiving end of some nasty threats from the QB ever since their hairbrush company hit the skids .. and now he's filed a police report against the NFL star. Though Vick's reps say the whole thing is a bunch of crap. The man behind the..." May 11

  • Falcons sign five draft picks

    Pro Football Talk "Cornerback Jalen Collins didn’t practice with his fellow Falcons rookies during this weekend’s rookie minicamp, but he was able to take care of some business. Collins was one of five Falcons draft picks to sign their four-year contracts with the team this weekend. Collins, who sat out as a..." May 10

  • Falcons sign draft pick DT Grady Jarrett

    The Falcoholic "The rookie wage scale has helped teams sign their rookie class starting within a week of drafting players. The Atlanta Falcons are no exception. The signing bonus should help Jarrett's family after his family home caught fire the day before he was drafted. Jarrett was considered a great value..." May 08

  • Former NFL LB Scott Fujita: 30 to 50 percent of players smoke pot

    CBSSports.com "We live in a society where marijuana is becoming increasingly destigmatized. It has been completely legalized for recreational used in four states, decriminalized in 17 states and the District of Columbia, and allowed for medicinal purposes in 23 states. Even the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence..." May 07

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    Field Yates @FieldYates

    Source: the Falcons tried out free agent OT Joe Barksdale (Rams).

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    D. Orlando Ledbetter @DOrlandoAJC

    Beasley will play LEO. Basically a DE that stands up. He'll primarily be a pass rusher, with some cover duties. #Falcons

  • Falcons waive TE Kyle Miller

    The Falcoholic "Kyle Miller, a tight end who spent last season on Atlanta's practice squad, has been released. The Falcons announced today that they have waived tight end Kyle Miller. Miller, who is 6'5" and 262 pounds, spent last season on Atlanta's practice squad. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out..." May 04

  • Falcons sign fullback Collin Mooney; Patrick DiMarco eyes him warily

    The Falcoholic "The former Titans fullback will join Atlanta and compete for the starting fullback gig. The Falcons are trying to inject competition into nearly every level of their roster. Even fullback. Mooney was present at last week's minicamp and must have shown enough to warrant another look. The..." May 04

  • Draft concluded, Falcons can address Julio Jones' contract

    ESPN.com "The conclusion of the NFL draft means the Atlanta Falcons can focus on another important matter: a long-term contract for Julio Jones. There have been no discussions between the team and Jones' agent, Jimmy Sexton. However, general manager Thomas Dimitroff continues to indicate that Jones is a..." May 04

  • Falcons trade up with Vikings, select Clemson DT Grady Jarrett

    Pro Football Talk "At the top of Round Five, the Falcons struck for one of the top defensive tackles still on the board, trading up with Minnesota to select Clemson’s Grady Jarrett at No. 137. In exchange, the Vikings received a fifth-round pick (No. 146) and a sixth-round choice (No. 185). Jarrett (6-1, 304)..." May 02

  • Falcons CB Jalen Collins subject to substance-abuse program

    ESPN.com "Atlanta Falcons second-round draft pick Jalen Collins, a cornerback from LSU, is now subject to the NFL's substance-abuse program after previously failing multiple drug tests. "Yes, a player in that situation is subject to being entered into the program," league spokesman Greg Aiello said..." May 02

  • Falcons select LSU CB Jalen Collins at No. 42

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have added a cornerback with good size in Round Two, taking LSU’s Jalen Collins 42nd overall. Collins (6-1, 203) fits the mold of the longer corners featured in Seattle, where new head coach Dan Quinn rose to prominence as an assistant. He’ll vie for playing time in a secondary that..." May 02

  • Falcons snag Tevin Coleman in Round Three

    Pro Football Talk "A running back who reportedly drew some first-round consideration finally came off the board early in Round Three. Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards as a junior, was the No. 73 overall pick of Atlanta on Friday night." May 02

  • Rough 24 hours for new Falcons pick: Slips in draft, house catches fire

    CBSSports.com "Former Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was selected in the fifth round by the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. Though he entered the draft considered a possible second-day pick (i.e. Round 2 or 3), Jarrett wound up falling much farther. Jarrett had bigger problems than slipping in the draft,..." May 02

  • Atlanta Falcons select Clemson’s Vic Beasley in the 2015 NFL Draft

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons selected Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley with the eighth overall pick in the the NFL Draft on Thursday. Beasley weighed in at 246 pounds and wanted to show teams that he could drop into coverage and rush the passer as a linebacker during Clemson’s Pro Day. The native of..." May 01

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    Nate Ulrich @NateUlrichABJ

    #Falcons pick Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley eighth overall in #NFLDraft.

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    Russell Lande @RUSSLANDE

    Heard that Falcons told Missouri DE S. Ray that they will draft him 7th overall, The Packers are targeting LB D. Perryman with the (2 of 3)

    2015 NFL Draft Day Rumors - Live Blog

    PSD Staff NFL Draft day is finally here. Teams begin re-loading tonight and the new NFL season will be here before we know it. I'm going to post rumors in this live blog all day. Pick rumors, trade rumors, etc. April 30

  • Next move for Irvin could be a trade to Atlanta

    Pro Football Talk "Earlier this year, a report emerged that Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett wanted to be traded to the Falcons. Another Seahawks pass-rusher ultimately could be the guy who gets shipped to Atlanta. Per a league source, chatter already has emerged regarding a possible trade that would send..." April 30

  • 2015 NFL mock draft: Saints, Dolphins, Eagles, Jaguars making trades

    CBSSports.com "It's finally time to bite the bullet. It's time to mock it up. Hopefully, I can do better than last year, where I hit for a pretty strong average – 26 of the 32 players I put in my mock ended up going in the first round – but didn't land nearly enough homers (getting the right player and team..." April 29

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Its interesting. Rumors swirl that #Falcons may trade up for a pass-rusher. Most teams I talk to think they trade back & take an O-lineman

  • Falcons will borrow $850 million for stadium construction

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Atlanta Falcons plan to take out construction loans totaling $850 million to help fund the team’s portion of the cost of building the new retractable-roof stadium downtown, a team official told a state agency Tuesday. Greg Beadles, the Falcons executive vice president and chief financial..." April 28

  • NFL to end tax-exempt status

    The Score "The NFL will relinquish its tax-exempt status, commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a memo to owners Tuesday. Goodell said the move was made to "eliminate (a) distraction." The memo states the move will not have a significant impact on the operation of the league: Every dollar of..." April 28

  • NFL Commissioner Goodell: "We didn't get it right"

    CBS News "The NFL draft begins Thursday in Chicago. It's a change of venue for a league re-defining itself both on and off the field. The NFL will follow a new personal conduct policy, and two new employees will help investigate player misconduct. In an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie..." April 28

  • Judge approves concussion settlement, could cost NFL $1 billion

    CBSSports.com "A federal judge has approved a plan that brings the NFL and more than 5,000 former players one step closer to a settlement in a concussion lawsuit that could end up costing the league more than $1 billion over 65 years. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody had twice sent the deal back to..." April 22

  • 2015 Sunday Night Football schedule

    SB Nation "The NFL has released the full schedule for the upcoming 2015 NFL season, which means we know the primetime matchups for Sunday Night Football. Typically some of the best matchups on the schedule (especially with flex scheduling), Sunday Night Football might not be as well-known a phrase as Monday..." April 22

  • Falcons "in the mix" for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

    The Falcoholic "Many have been wondering where the best running back in the last decade will play in 2015. Not many considered it to be Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons need to rebuild a team that has been, at their very best, watchable the last two seasons. They could potentially look to add another running back..." April 21

  • Six teams 'in the mix' for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

    CBSSports.com "It's not clear yet where Adrian Peterson will play in 2015, but we should know for sure by May 2. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings plan to hold onto Peterson if they can't find a trading partner by the end of the NFL Draft, which runs from April 30-May 2. "If he's not..." April 21

  • NFL schedule will be released on Tuesday

    Pro Football Talk "The wait to find out the 2015 schedule will end on Tuesday evening. The NFL has announced that the schedule will be unveiled during a three-hour show on NFL Network that gets underway at 8 p.m. ET. All 256 games will be revealed during the program, although not all games will remain in the same..." April 20

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    NYG safety Stevie Brown mulling 5-6 offers, expected to make decision soon, per source. Interested teams include NYG, DAL, ATL, OAK, TN.

  • Report Suggests About 1 in 6 NFL Players Go Broke Within 12 Years of Retiring

    Complex "When the NFL comes back in 2015, and you gaze upon the first 11-on-11 play of the bloodsport's season, know that, statistically speaking, at least three players on that field will be bankrupt soon after they hang up their cleats. According to a new research paper by the National Bureau of Economic..." April 15

  • Schedule release likely coming next week

    Pro Football Talk "With the draft only 17 days away and in light of the NFL’s habit of releasing the regular-season schedule before the draft, the window for releasing the 2015 regular-season schedule is getting fairly narrow. The current thinking, per a source with knowledge of the situation, is that the sheet..." April 13

  • Dan Quinn says the Falcons “nailed it” in free agency

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons opened free agency with two quick signings of linebackers, Brooks Reed and Justin Durant. In more than a month since then, Atlanta has done little else, signing only low-cost players from the bargain bin. But Falcons coach Dan Quinn says that the depth the Falcons have added in free..." April 12

  • 2015 NFL preseason schedule announced

    CBSSports.com "Preseason football may be some four months off, but the NFL wants to give you time to get adequately pumped for what amounts to glorified practices. That's right: On Thursday, the league announced the 2015 preseason schedule in all its meaningless glory. Meaningless may be an overstatement; the..." April 09

  • Falcons waive S Zeke Motta

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have parted ways with one of their recent draft picks, waiving safety Zeke Motta on Thursday. Motta was waived with a failed physical designation, per the NFL’s daily personnel notice. As a rookie in 2013, the 24-year-old Motta suffered a fractured C1 veterbra. " April 03

  • Jacquizz Rodgers signs deal with Chicago Bears

    NFL.com "Jacquizz Rodgers has found a new gig. The 25-year-old running back has signed a deal with the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Tuesday. Rodgers played his first four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In Chicago, Rodgers will..." March 31