Falcons Rumors & News

  • Falcons have a gaping hole at defensive tackle

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons’ board is set for the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The question is not if the Falcon will select a defensive tackle, it’s when they will do so. The Falcons have a gaping hole at defensive tackle with the departure of starter Dontari Poe. He..." April 21

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • Dwight Freeney to Retire as a Colt After 16 Seasons in the NFL

    SI "After 16 years in the NFL, Dwight Freeney will sign a one-day contract with Indianapolis to retire a Colt, the team announced Thursday. The defensive end was a 2002 first-round pick out of Syracuse, and he played 11 seasons with Indianapolis, earning a 2007 Super Bowl ring with the team. He..." April 20

  • Eagles will open with Falcons

    Pro Football Talk "The Eagles will host the Falcons in the Thursday night season opener, Jeff McLane of philly.com reports. The September 6 game will kickoff at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. The defending Super Bowl champion has had the privilege of beginning the following season with a Thursday home game since 2004. (In..." April 19

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday

    NFL.com "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • Report: Falcons not pursuing Dez Bryant

    247 Sports "Dez Bryant shook up the already active NFL offseason last week after the Dallas Cowboys elected to release the star wide receiver they originally drafted in the first round eight years ago. With that news, the speculation machine has turned out a number of rumors, both credible and incredible,..." April 16

  • Falcons waive Taniela Tupou

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons have opened up a roster spot by parting ways with a defensive lineman who joined the team last year. The team announced that defensive tackle Taniela Tupou has been waived with a non-football injury designation. Tupou signed with the Falcons after playing in the Spring League..." April 11

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Matt Ryan: Contract discussions have been positive

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and his wife Sarah announced the birth of twin boys on Sunday after a complicated pregnancy that was followed by a stay in the hospital for the newborns before they could come home. Ryan was at his Pro-Am golf tournament on Monday to raise money for Children’s..." April 09

  • Report: NFL suspends Jalen Collins a fourth time

    Pro Football Talk "Former Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins is not currently on an NFL roster, and today’s news makes it less likely he ever will be. Collins has been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2018 NFL season, according to Field Yates of ESPN. That marks Collins’ fourth suspension. He was..." April 09

  • Falcons working out several NC State prospects today

    USA Today "It may be a lazy Saturday afternoon for most of us, but the grind leading up to the 2018 NFL draft is still going full-swing. Today the Atlanta Falcons are out in force at North Carolina State’s Pro Day, and they’re paying particular attention to a few prospects. According to a report by..." April 08

  • Falcons working out DT prospect B.J. Hill

    Yardbarker "The Falcons are seemingly eyeing defensive line help with one of their first two picks. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report tweets that a “big Falcons contingent” is working out N.C. State defensive tackle B.J. Hill. The group includes coach Dan Quinn, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and assistant..." April 07

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells SI.com that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • Falcons Re-Sign Kemal Ishmael

    Pro Football Rumors "For the second straight offseason, the Falcons and Kemal Ishmael have agreed to terms on a one-year deal. The team announced Wednesday the safety will remain in the fold. A seventh-round pick in 2013, Ishmael has played his entire career with the Falcons. He saw action in all 16 regular-season..." April 04

  • Falcons GM admits Matt Ryan deal has been ‘lengthy process’

    247 Sports "Three weeks after the league year started, Matt Ryan still doesn’t have a new contract. Despite general manager Thomas Dimitroff declaring at the end of the 2017 season that getting the veteran quarterback’s signature on a new extension would be his top priority, the two sides are still in the..." April 04

  • Arthur Blank: ‘no need to worry’ about Matt Ryan contract talks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It’s natural that concern is growing over protracted contract negotiations between the Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan, but the owner of the team says there is nothing to worry about it. Arthur Blank said Tuesday via email that there is no timetable for getting a deal done with Ryan, who is..." April 03

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Dan Quinn wants the NFL to expand game day active rosters beyond 46 players

    Pro Football Talk "Every NFL team has 53 players on the active roster. But only 46 of them are declared active for each game. Falcons coach Dan Quinn thinks that’s a waste. Quinn wants the NFL to change its eligibility rules to make more players available to play each game. “If I had to say one thing how do we..." March 31

  • Falcons offense adding “some wrinkles”

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons offense will have many of the familiar faces in Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and company, but it won’t look exactly the same. Coach Dan Quinn said the Falcons are tweaking the offense to try to turn back the clock to 2016. “The style should feel similar but there’ll definitely be some..." March 30

  • Piecing together a Matt Ryan deal: $100M guaranteed with no hometown discount

    ESPN "The last word from the Atlanta Falcons regarding a contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan was that there is no timetable for getting a deal completed. Joel Corry, a former NFL agent and current contract/cap analyst for CBS Sports, has heard those words before. "When the Falcons say,..." March 30

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon

    NFL.com "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Pass interference rule unlikely to be changed to 15-yard penalty

    ESPN "A proposal to change the NFL's defensive pass interference rule to a 15-yard penalty, rather than a spot foul, does not appear to have enough support to pass this week at the league's owners meetings. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that he was one of the few competition committee..." March 26

  • New Falcons guard Brandon Fusco: ‘I play with an attitude’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons’ major offseason signing has been right guard Brandon Fusco, who signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract. Fusco has made 80 starts in the NFL and his new contract with pay him like a starter, but the Falcons insist that he will compete with Wes Schweitzer. “With Fusco coming..." March 24

  • Falcons sign Justin Bethel

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Falcons have signed cornerback Justin Bethel, the team announced Saturday. While Bethel is a defensive back, he is most known for his prowess on special teams, making three Pro Bowls as a special teamer. The 27-year-old is coming off a 2017 campaign in which he played in all 16..." March 24

  • NFL not considering rule change on fumbles through the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "The rule that says a fumble into the end zone and out of bounds goes to the defense on the 20-yard line seems illogical. But it’s not going anywhere. Among the many rules changes the league will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting, there’s nothing about the fumble touchback rule, which many..." March 23

  • NFL considering ‘McDaniels rule’ allowing assistants to take new jobs during playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL would probably like to avoid ever seeing the Josh McDaniels coaching fiasco ever happen again, and a subsequent rule change would ensure that it doesn’t. NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay confirmed that the league is considering a rule change that would allow assistant..." March 23

  • Logan Paulsen agrees to one-year deal with Falcons

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons agreed to terms with tight end Logan Paulsen on a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday. Paulsen also visited the Lions. Paulsen, 31, played 14 games last season, but the 49ers used him mostly as a run blocker and on special teams." March 21

  • Thomas Dimitroff can’t put timetable on getting Matt Ryan a new deal

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons appear to have hit a snag while hashing out a lucrative contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan. “I couldn’t even put a (timetable on it). I don’t know how close we are,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on Wednesday. “I can’t. We talk about it and it seems like..." March 21

  • Ex-NFLers say league is trying to ‘rig’ concussion settlement, dementia claims are going unpaid

    New York Daily News "Victims of NFL concussions are tired of waiting for their money. Frustrated that their clients aren't getting paid fast enough, lawyers for players entitled to a share of the league's billion-dollar class-action concussion settlement said the NFL needs help finding its wallet. Specifically,..." March 21

  • West Coast teams want NFL rule limiting early kickoffs

    Pro Football Talk "Teams that play in the Pacific time zone are tired of early kickoffs on the East Coast (and even earlier kickoffs in London), and they want the NFL to limit them. Toward that end, the 49ers, Chargers and Cardinals have proposed a rule to be discussed at next week’s league meeting that would..." March 20

  • Spring league Alliance of American Football to launch in 2019 on CBS

    CBS Sports "The XFL, the controversial football league founded by Vince McMahon in 1999 that lasted just one season, is set to return in 2020. But it won't be the only new professional football league -- or even the first to begin play. Charlie Ebersol -- the son of NBC executive Dick Ebersol, McMahon's..." March 20

  • NFL VP Troy Vincent confirms changes to NFL catch rule

    ESPN "The NFL's competition committee is expected to propose a new catch rule that would eliminate the "going to the ground" distinction in addition to reinforcing a high standard for overturning calls via replay, league executive vice president Troy Vincent confirmed Tuesday to the Washington..." March 20

  • Proposed rule could allow officials at NFL office to eject players after instant replay

    Sporting News "Egregious “non-football acts" could be subject for ejection next season even if referees don't call for expulsion on the field. Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations, told USA Today Sports on Monday that the league’s competition committee will propose a rule allowing..." March 20

  • Report: Dontari Poe once again has massive weight clause weaved into contract

    Sportsnaut "Just like he did last season with the Atlanta Falcons, defensive tackle Dontari Poe has some rather huge weight bonuses weaved into his new contract with the Carolina Panthers. Poe signed a monster deal with the Panthers in free agency to replace Star Lotulelei. As part of this new contract,..." March 19

  • Falcons will look to replace WR Taylor Gabriel internally

    USA Today "The Falcons have lost three key players to free agency this year. First, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel cashed in on a four-year deal with the Bears. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe then signed a three-year deal with the Panthers, and last night defensive end Adrian Clayborn signed a two-year deal..." March 18

  • Falcons G Ben Garland signs RFA tender

    Pro Football Rumors "Falcons guard Ben Garland has signed his second-round restricted free agent tender, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Garland will now be paid $2.914MM for the 2018 season. Garland was one of 14 NFL restricted free agents to be tendered at the second-round..." March 18

  • Falcons adding guard Brandon Fusco

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons can’t do too much in free agency until they deal with quarterback Matt Ryan‘s contract, but they got him some protection. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Falcons have signed veteran guard Brandon Fusco to a three-year deal." March 14

  • Report: Taylor Gabriel to Sign with Bears After 2 Seasons with Falcons

    Bleacher Report "Free-agent wide receiver Taylor Gabriel agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bears, Zach Klein of WSB-TV in Atlanta reported Tuesday. Former NFL wideout Andrew Hawkins, who played with Gabriel on the Cleveland Browns, tweeted Gabriel confirmed the contract will run for four years. On..." March 14

  • Patriots, Colts, Bucs, Browns & Falcons In The Mix For DE Adrian Clayborn

    NFL Trade Rumors "Vaughn McClure of ESPN is reporting that the Patriots, Colts, Buccaneers, Browns and Falcons all appear to be in the mix to sign free agent DE Adrian Clayborn. Clayborn, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2011. He played out the first year of his two-year, $9 million..." March 14

  • Jets, Falcons Interested In Broncos QB Trevor Siemian?

    Pro Football Rumors "The Broncos are fielding calls on Trevor Siemian and at least two teams are in the mix. The Jets and Falcons are interested in the signal caller, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post (on Twitter). It would be surprising, to say the least, if the Jets still have interest in Siemian after..." March 14

  • Falcons Create $1.5M Of Cap Space By Reworking Brooks Reed’s Contract

    NFL Trade Rumors "Field Yates reports that the Falcons created $1.5 million of cap space for the 2018 season by restructuring OLB Brooks Reed‘s contract in recent days. According to Yates, Reed’s cap number has been reduced from $5.44 million down to $3.94 million. Reed, 31, is a former second-round pick of..." March 13

  • Falcons & Jets Potential Landing Spots For Broncos QB Trevor Siemian?

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Benjamin Allbright, the Falcons and Jets could both be potential landings spot for Broncos QB Trevor Siemian. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media previously reported that the Broncos were expected to make Siemian available for trade at this offseason. Siemian’s 2017 season ended with him..." March 13

  • Falcons Place 2nd-Round Tender On Ricardo Allen

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons have placed a second-round tender on restricted free-agent safety Ricardo Allen worth $2.91MM, according to Vaughan McLure of ESPN. McLure notes that the tender doesn’t eliminate the chance of the Falcons still locking up Allen with a multi-year deal. Falcons general manager Thomas..." March 12