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  • Pre-Week 1 CBA Deal No Longer Goal?

    Pro Football Rumors "A three-day conference turned into a one-day summit this week, with the NFL and NFLPA’s latest round of CBA negotiations ending earlier today. The sides also may be moving their target date to have this process wrapped up. While a new CBA being agreed to before Week 1..." July 17

  • Falcons Re-Signing Flurry of Players Before Julio Jones is Curious

    12 Up "With the NFL world being at a relative standstill, the Atlanta Falcons have had an active week of transactions. Prior to Monday's 4:00 p.m. ET franchise tag deadline, the Falcons agreed to terms with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett to a four-year, $68 million contract. On..." July 17

  • Falcons sign Deion Jones to four-year contract extension

    AtlantaFalcons.com "The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones has signed a four-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2023 season. The Falcons selected Jones, 24, in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Jones became a full-time starter on..." July 17

  • 10 NFL players poised to take big leap in 2019

    Sportsnaut "Summertime is here, and football season is, too. It’s the best time of year for those of us who eat, sleep and breathe this game. It’s also the time of year when young NFL players start to set themselves apart as particularly special for their respective teams. With that..." July 17

  • Falcons' Takk McKinley Went on Bizarre Rant About Ex-WR Brian Finneran and He Very Kindly Responded

    12 Up "Falcons defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley is his own man. He handles the media and himself as he sees fit. He says what's on his mind and, for the most part, is unapologetic about it. Sometimes, though, things get a little bit bizarre. Most recently, he launched into an..." July 16

  • The Biggest Concern for Every NFL Team Before the Season Begins

    Bleacher Report "Fanbases would rather not talk about it—and head coaches rarely acknowledge these thoughts to the media—but every NFL team goes into the regular season with major concerns. The offseason brings new hope, but coaches and front-office executives should always..." July 16

  • Deion Jones deal next on the list for Falcons

    Yahoo! Sports "Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has said he doesn’t plan to miss any training camp time, because he trusts owner Arthur Blank to keep his word about a new contract. But he might not be the next Falcons player to get paid. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the agent..." July 15

  • An Updated Look at the 2020 NFL Free-Agent Class Ahead of Training Camp

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 NFL free-agent class has the early look of a juggernaut capable of reshaping the league as fans know it.  Granted, plenty of time has to pass before the floodgates open, and along that journey, extensions and other happenings will prevent the 2020 class from..." July 15

  • Top 100 players as voted by our NFL crew

    CBS Sports "After going through our positional Top 10s over the past several weeks, you know we had to do a staff Top 100 here at CBS. (Not to be confused with Pete Prisco's Top 100, which can be found right here.)  This list was arrived at the same way as those: our panel of voters..." July 15

  • 8 reasons why Falcons WR Julio Jones deserves his next contract extension

    USA Today "Julio Jones is expected to sign a revised contract soon that should make him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. Here are eight reasons why he deserves it. 1. He is underpaid Since the last time Jones signed an extension, the market at wide receiver has been..." July 15

  • Falcons Sign DT Grady Jarrett To Four-Year, $68M Extension

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Adam Schefter, the Falcons have signed DT Grady Jarrett to a four-year, $68 million extension.  Jarrett signed his franchise tag earlier this offseason and the Falcons had until 4 p.m. ET today to sign him to an..." July 15

  • 11 potential NFL player holdouts, ranked from most to least likely to happen this summer

    SB Nation "When NFL training camps opened in July 2018, many of the league’s biggest names steered clear. Le’Veon Bell, Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Earl Thomas all refused to show up due to qualms with their contracts. Bell never reported, opting instead..." July 15

  • “Some Hope” Falcons & DT Grady Jarrett Can Get Extension Done Before Deadline

    NFL Trade Rumors "Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there’s some hope the Falcons and DT Grady Jarrett can reach an agreement on an extension before today’s deadline.  NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says the two sides will continue to negotiate but have a lot of..." July 15

  • NFL rumors: Would NFL actually give TV rights to Amazon, Netflix or DAZN? Here’s what Roger Goodell thinks

    Awful Announcing "The NFL’s broadcast rights deals end in 2022, and the league is already starting to think about what those negotiations might look like. Compared to the last round of rights negotiations, the NFL has more possible suitors for their product in the form of various streaming..." July 15

  • 10 NFL rookies set to surprise this season

    Sportsnaut "We previously looked at 10 high NFL Draft picks from this year’s class set to disappoint as rookies. While that was a negative look at some of the best-known youngsters, we’re now going in a different direction. The Arizona Cardinals need wide receiver help. This..." July 15

  • The fans seem to want to stick with 16 games

    Pro Football Talk "With the sudden proliferation of stories about the NFL’s desire to expand the season to 18 games, we decided on Friday to get scientific. Or as close to scientific as social media allows. A Twitter poll asked you, the reader, to vote on four options for the length of a..." July 15

  • Report: NFL at impasse with DirecTV over Sunday Ticket package

    Larry Brown Sports "NFL fans have been able to catch every out-of-market game the league offers for more than two decades now with DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket package, but it is possible that arrangement may have an expiration date of two more seasons. Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic reports that the NFL..." July 12

  • Sources: NFL shelves full-time officiating program

    ESPN "The NFL has put its full-time officials program on hold as part of ongoing labor talks with the NFL Referees Association, multiple sources said Thursday. Barring a turn in negotiations, the decision means the NFL will revert to its previous structure of using a full roster of..." July 12

  • Four of five unsigned first-round picks are represented by CAA

    Pro Football Talk "Last July, five of seven unsigned players in the top 10 were represented by CAA. This year, four of five unsigned first-round picks are represented by CAA. One reason for this? CAA typically represents a lot of first-round picks. Another reason for it? CAA drives a hard..." July 12

  • NFL Has Reportedly Discussed Absurd Rule Change Involving 18-Game Season

    12 Up "The NFL's collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2021 and major changes could be on the way. The league and the NFLPA are looking to negotiate a new labor deal and are reportedly using these consultations to potentially inquire about expanding the regular season to 18..." July 11

  • Ex-NFL RB Trent Richardson, QB Conner Cook To Take Their Talents To The XFL

    Total Pro Sports "Former National Football Players Trent Richardson and Conner Cook have plans to show off their talents once again to make a case to get back into the league. In the final showcase in St. Louis for the XFL, the former NFL RB and QB will be participants to get their feet into the..." July 11

  • 11 potential NFL player holdouts, ranked from most to least likely to happen this summer

    SB Nation "When NFL training camps opened in July 2018, many of the league’s biggest names steered clear. Le’Veon Bell, Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Earl Thomas all refused to show up due to qualms with their contracts. Bell never reported, opting instead..." July 11

  • Who's the Early Favorite for No. 1 in 2020 NFL Draft?

    Bleacher Report "Every football fan wants to know two things—which NFL team will have the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 draft and which player it will select. We can't know either one this early, but thanks to Super Bowl betting oddsfrom Caesars (current as of Wednesday,..." July 11

  • 4 NFL Underdogs No One is Giving Enough Credit to Entering 2019

    12 Up "The NFL season is right around the corner which presents the usual suspects as favorites. The New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams are the odds on favorites to win the Super Bowl, but these four teams might just shock the world next..." July 11

  • 5 NFL Coaches Who Will End Up on the Hot Seat in 2019

    12 Up "Anyone will tell you the NFL stands for "Not For Long," and nothing could be more true for the league's head coaches. With constant reshuffling and the next forward-thinking coach always out there to be snatched up, there are bound to be plenty of coaching shake-ups this year...." July 11

  • 11 NFL Draft Picks Remain Unsigned

    Pro Football Rumors "Roughly 4% of this year’s draft picks have yet to sign their rookie contracts, as shown in PFR’s tracker. So far, 243 of this year’s 254 selections have inked their deals. Here’s the complete breakdown, sorted by round: First Round..." July 11

  • 1 Move Every NFL Team Should Make Before the 2019 Season Begins

    Bleacher Report "The wait for NFL football is almost over, folks. The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos face off in the Hall of Fame Game on August 1, which will officially kick off the 2019 preseason. That's mere weeks away. Most significant offseason moves have already been made...." July 09

  • Julio Jones Says He Won’t Hold Out From Training Camp

    NFL Trade Rumors "In an interview with TMZ, Falcons WR Julio Jones says he’s not considering holding out from training camp as he seeks a new contract with Atlanta.  “(Falcons owner Arthur) Blank gave us his word,” Jones said. “That’s..." July 08

  • 10 NFL veterans who could be surprising training camp cuts

    Sportsnaut "Every summer, young players come seemingly out of nowhere to provide value to their teams, while subsequently making notable veterans training camp cuts. It’s the latter group we’re focusing on here. These 10 NFL veterans have done big things in the past but could be..." July 08

  • The 3 best and 3 worst relocations in NFL history

    SB Nation "Loyalty is a rarity in the NFL. Players, coaches, and executives change homes every year after either exhausting their usefulness in one location or searching for greener pastures. And that ever-shifting landscape isn’t limited to people. In the past three years, we’ve..." July 08

  • NFL Youngsters Who Could Still Blossom into Stars

    Bleacher Report "Every young player enters the NFL with dreams of becoming a star. It's especially true of players drafted in the first couple of rounds as an invitation to the draft brings with it an expectation that stardom is just around the corner. For some, that's exactly what..." July 07

  • Muhammad Wilkerson, Corey Liuget remain top unsigned free agents

    Pro Football Talk "Free agency in the NFL has slowed down — and effectively stopped for the top players, as we haven’t heard so much as a peep about any interest in the top remaining free agents in recent weeks. The two best available free agents in our Top 100 listare both defensive..." July 07

  • 10 NFL players with most to prove in training camp

    Larry Brown Sports "Before long, all 32 NFL teams will officially report to training camp in preparation for the 2019 regular season. It will be the beginning of a quest for Super Bowl LIV, and everyone should legitimately feel like they have a chance. That extends to the players — both rookies and..." July 04

  • Predicting Where Top Remaining NFL Free Agents Will Sign

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is stuck in the doldrums of the dead period nearly four months after the start of its new league year, but pro football's version of free agency isn't complete.  Training camps are set to start later this month, and inevitably, attrition will occur...." July 03

  • 10 young NFL players under the most pressure this season

    Sportsnaut "We already know that established quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and Drew Brees will be facing a ton of pressure. It’s also logical to believe that high-priced free-agent signings will also be under a lot of pressure. There is, however, another group out there...." July 03

  • NBA's Spending Spree Has NFL Players' Attention

    Bleacher Report "NFL players have been doing a lot of thinking about their NBA counterparts...and they're not happy, a 40-yard dud, and Canton may need to get a bigger stage this year. All that and more in this week's 10-Point Stance. 1. More money, more problems Texans wide..." July 03

  • Eight NFL teams set to exceed expectations in 2019

    Sportsnaut "On an annual basis, NFL teams that are expected to tank end up making a playoff push, while hyped teams fall by the wayside. It’s this first group we’re focusing on here. Not all the teams we’re about to discuss are necessarily expected to compete for the..." July 02

  • Falcons’ Matt Ryan viewed as one of the league’s most underrated players

    247 Sports "Is Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan not getting his due? Despite signing a five-year extension with Atlanta in 2018 worth $150 million—only to be outdone by Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers soon afterwards—many around the NFL still view the four-time Pro Bowler to..." July 02

  • Report: NFL, NFLPA trying to hammer out new CBA before 2019 season begins

    Sportsnaut "The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and NFLPA is set to expire following the 2020 season, but the two sides have been working hard to avoid a strike. Dan Graziano of ESPN reports the ongoing discussions “are set to intensify in July in an effort to..." July 02

  • Issue of stadium credits hovers over CBA talks

    Pro Football Talk "At least three rounds of Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions have been held, and the process (we’re told) will continue in mid-July. Although there has been, and will be, plenty of discussion regarding specific issues that may or may not be resolved or changed in the next labor..." July 02

  • 8 NFL quarterbacks who will disappoint in 2019

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL has been a quarterback’s league for many years now, and teams typically go as far as their QB will take them. For franchises like the New England Patriots, that is a comforting feeling. For others like the Denver Broncos who are facing uncertain situations at the position, it..." June 30

  • Warrick Dunn opens up about the lingering effects of his mother’s murder

    Pro Football Talk "In 1993, two days after Warrick Dunn’s 18th birthday, his mother, an off-duty police officer, was murdered while trying to stop an armed robbery. Dunn, who played 12 years in the NFL for the Buccaneers and Falcons, is now 44 years old and admits he still grapples with the fallout of..." June 28

  • 10 late-round NFL rookies who could shine in 2019

    Sportsnaut "Being selected early in the draft is great, but the league is full of late-round picks who excel beyond anyone’s expectations. Of course, everyone has been reminded quite often that GOAT Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick. A bit more recently, NFL record-holder George..." June 27

  • New contract for Julio Jones is a risk worth taking for the Falcons

    Sporting News "In this era of the diva wide receiver, Julio Jones doesn't fit the mold. He is not a flamboyant headline-seeker, yet his numbers suggest he is the best wide receiver in the NFL. Unlike Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown, who make life stressful for their team owners,..." June 27

  • Top 10 most overpaid NFL players

    The Score "Unless you're a superstar, it can be difficult to earn a big-money deal in the NFL. It's a wonder these players, who either benefited from a great season or as free agents on the market, were able to nab a contract well beyond their value. Here are the top 10 most overpaid NFL..." June 27

  • Falcons waive Jeremy Langford from injured reserve

    Yahoo! Sports "The Falcons waived running back Jeremy Langford from injured reserve. Atlanta waived him with an injury designation in May, but Langford reverted to the team’s injured reserve list when he cleared waivers. Langford joined the Falcons’ practice squad late last..." June 26

  • NFL Players Trying to Avoid the Bust Label in 2019

    Bleacher Report "It takes at least three or four seasons to properly evaluate an NFL draft class. So this fall, it's make-or-break time for prospects from the 2016 and 2017 NFL drafts who underwhelmed over their first few seasons. It's too late for a few highly touted prospects, many..." June 26

  • 5 Wide Receivers Who Could Record 1,000 Receiving Yards for the 1st Time in 2019

    12 Up "When we think about wide receivers, the first names that cross our minds are Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, and Odell Beckham Jr. As well known as those names are, these five receivers who have never topped 1,000 yards in the NFL may just be the unexpected difference..." June 26

  • The NFL's 10 Most Important Players Entering 2019

    Bleacher Report "Everyone knows that Tom Brady is important. So important that it's hardly worth talking about. So are Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and the other veteran franchise quarterbacks. So are big-name/big-play/big-mood receivers like Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr.,..." June 25

  • 10 most expensive starting defenses in the NFL

    Sportsnaut "A saying as old as the NFL itself is that defense wins championships. The question is, does spending money on defense win those championships? The New England Patriots have won a lot over the last two decades. They also have one of the NFL’s most expensive starting defenses. On..." June 25