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  • Falcons coach Dan Quinn says Devonta Freeman will be ready by training camp

    Clutch Points "Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman played in just two games this past season due to knee and groin injuries, the latter of which resulted in surgery. But now, Freeman is fully recovered and ready to go, and Falcons head coach Dan Quinn says that Freeman will be ready by..." May 17

  • Falcons QB Matt Ryan says he wants to play past 40 years old

    USA Today "Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan turns 34 years old today. As he heads into what will be his 12th season in the NFL, he’s already passed some major milestones. If he plays all 16 games this year, there’s a good chance he’ll move up to No. 9 on the all-time passing yards..." May 17

  • Scott Pioli Steps Down as Falcons Assistant General Manager to Pursue New Opportunities

    SI "Scott Pioli stepped down from his role as the Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager, the team announced Thursday. Pioli, who joined the Falcons in 2014 following four seasons as the Chiefs general manager, said that he is stepping away to pursue other opportunities. He..." May 16

  • Chris Lindstrom signs, all 2019 Falcons rookies now under contract

    The Falcoholic "The Falcons only had one rookie who wasn’t under contract when they kicked off their rookie minicamp last week, and less than a week later, Chris Lindstrom is signed. That was pretty easy. Lindstrom was one of the surprises of the first round, but the hyper-athletic..." May 16

  • NFL and marijuana: Players hope for change in punishing policy

    Detroit Free Press "The pain wasn't the same as a midair smack from a hulking linebacker while coming across the middle, but former Detroit Lions superstar receiver Calvin Johnson said he needed some serious relief during his 2016 season on "Dancing with the Stars."  “When I..." May 15

  • Falcons Place RB Jeremy Langford On IR After Clear Waivers

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Atlanta Falcons officially placed RB Jeremy Langford on injured reserve Tuesday after he cleared waivers. Langford, 26, was taken with the No. 106 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft by the Bears. He was in the second year of his four-year, $3.139..." May 14

  • Andy Levitre announces retirement after 10 seasons

    NFL.com "Guard Andy Levitre has decided now is the time to officially hang up his cleats. Levitre, who missed 14 games in 2018 with a torn triceps, announced Tuesday on Instagram that he was retiring after 10 seasons in the NFL. "Unfortunately, due to injury my..." May 14

  • Hard Knocks team for 2019 still in limbo

    Clutch Points "The NFL offseason has been chugging along, and the start of the season seems right around the corner. But one important milestone has been missing, as we still don’t know which team is going to appear on ‘Hard Knocks.’ The popular HBO show has usually announced its team for..." May 13

  • Falcons sign Tony Brooks-James, waive Jeremy Langford

    AtlantaFalcons.com "Throughout two days of rookie minicamp practice players sought to make an impact on the Falcons' coaching staff, and it appears former Oregon running back Tony Brooks-James did just that. Following their final practice on Saturday, the Falcons announced that they have signed..." May 12

  • Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen expected back for training camp

    Pro Football Talk "Running back Devonta Freeman has made good progress in his recovery from knee and groin injuries, so he’s been participating in the team’s offseason program with eyes on being full speed for training camp. That puts him a bit ahead of a couple of his teammates, although..." May 12

  • Falcons G.M. “very encouraged” by Julio Jones talks

    AtlantaFalcons.com "Signing All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones to a multi-year extension was one of the Atlanta Falcons’ top priorities this offseason, and those talks appear to be going well. According to a pair of tweets by The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz, Falcons general manager Thomas..." May 12

  • Falcons Expect Devonta Freeman At 100 Percent By Training Camp

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who missed most of last season, is a full-go for training camp, coach Dan Quinn said Saturday. “Yep,” Quinn said when asked if Freeman would be ready for training camp, which is set to start in mid-July. Freeman, who battled..." May 11

  • Why NFL players should never 'do anything for free' according to NFLPA director

    NBC Sports Washington "If it was up to NFL Player's Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, players like Redskins rookie Montez Sweat wouldn't step a foot near the field at rookie minicamp without a contract. And all players, he said, wouldn't do anything on the field for things..." May 10

  • The Best Player Who Could Be Cut from Every NFL Roster This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Follow the money. The statement is as true in professional football as any other walk of life.  NFL teams won't release good players without reason. Mitigating factors prompt such action. More often than not, a burdensome contract causes the organization to move on from..." May 10

  • NFL Jersey Ads Could Be Lucrative, But Complicated

    SI "If you view the NFL and its teams as a greedy business, you’d have a pretty good point. Teams raise ticket prices even after losing seasons. They put city councils in chokeholds for tax dollars to renovate existing stadiums or make new ones entirely. The league pays its..." May 10

  • Falcons agree to terms with No. 31 pick Kaleb McGary

    NFL.com "One of Atlanta's first-round draft picks is officially under contract. The Falcons announced Thursday that they have agreed to terms on a rookie contract with offensive tackle Kaleb McGary, the 31st overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. Atlanta..." May 09

  • Which quarterbacks won’t get big-money long-term deal?

    Pro Football Talk "Over the past few years, NFL teams have made a habit out of handing out new contract after new contract to quarterbacks, with in many cases the latest quarterback to sign becoming the highest-paid player in league history. Since June 2017, Derek Carr passed Andrew..." May 08

  • Next wave of free agency expected after Tuesday's comp-pick deadline

    The Score "The NFL draft is in the rear-view mirror, and the last big wave of free-agent signings could be just around the corner. After Tuesday's deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET, teams will be able to ink players on the open market without those additions counting against the 2020..." May 07

  • NFL Trades that Should Happen Before the 2019 NFL Season

    Bleacher Report "No trade is unrealistic in the NFL.  This rule used to apply to only mock drafts. The way the 2019 draft ended up unfolding would have been slammed by most onlookers if it was a simple mock draft before the event started.  Similar story for trade..." May 06

  • Why Kaleb McGary looks like a great pick for the Atlanta Falcons

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons invested heavily in their offensive line in the 2019 NFL draft. They selected Chris Lindstrom at 14th overall, then traded back into the end of the first round with the Los Angeles Rams to take Kaleb McGary, the offensive tackle out of Washington. In looking at..." May 05

  • Falcons Sign Four Rookies

    Pro Football Rumors "More than half of the Falcons’ draft class is under contract. The following players have put pen to paper, according to a team announcement: 4-135: John Cominsky, DE (Charleston) 5-152: Qadree Ollison, RB (Pittsburgh) 5-172: Jordan Miller, CB..." May 04

  • Four Solid Trade Destinations for Gerald McCoy

    The Big Lead "Gerald McCoy has widely been considered one of the best defensive tackles in the game for years now, but there’s been talk all offseason that McCoy might get traded. McCoy is going into his 10th NFL season and definitely has some miles on him, but he can still be an impact player for most..." May 03

  • 17 first-round picks from 2016 had their fifth-year options picked up

    Pro Football Talk "When NFL teams decline to pick up the fifth-year option for a first-round draft pick, they’re essentially saying that pick fell short of expectations. By that measure, 45 percent of the first-round picks in the 2016 NFL draft fell short. The fifth-year option decisions are..." May 03

  • 13 NFL veterans who have been put on notice after NFL draft

    USA Today "The 2019 NFL draft now complete, the roster-building process for the league's 32 teams is basically complete heading into next season. Sure, clubs will tinker — prominent free agents like Ndamukong Suh, Eric Berry, Michael Crabtree and Ziggy Ansah remain..." April 30

  • Falcons Release G Brandon Fusco

    The Falcoholic "The Falcons will reportedly terminate the contract of veteran guard Brandon Fusco, who joined the team as a free agent during the 2018 offseason. The move has not been confirmed by the team yet, and if confirmed, we do not know if they will designate Fusco as a post-June 1 cut or not, which..." April 29

  • Bears WR Riley Ridley is excited to join his brother Calvin Ridley in the NFL

    Clutch Points "The NFL got another dose of brotherly love this year, when Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley joined his brother Calvin Ridley in getting drafted into the NFL. While Riley will join the Chicago Bears, he was still extremely excited for the opportunity to play in the NFL, and was happy..." April 28

  • The Falcons have an impressive amount of their own draft picks still on the roster

    The Falcoholic "The Falcons shook up their fan base last night, snatching up two offensive linemen after a free agency period that seemingly addressed the exact same need. The reactions were mixed, but in short, they took an underwhelming approach to the first night of the draft. For what it’s..." April 27

  • Kaleb McGary is not a fan of R&B music

    Larry Brown Sports "Kaleb McGary was the second of two offensive linemen drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the NFL draft. The offensive tackle from Washington is, according to one anonymous executive quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “socially awkward.” That..." April 26

  • Falcons select Kaleb McGary in the first round

    AtlantaFalcons.com "After trading back into the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected former Washington offensive tackle Kaleb McGary with 31st pick. McGary is the second offensive lineman the Falcons have selected in the first round, after the team drafted offensive guard Chris Lindstrom..." April 26

  • Rams Trade No. 31 To Falcons

    Pro Football Rumors "The Rams have traded the No. 31 pick to the Falcons. Los Angeles will get picks No. 45 and No. 79, while Atlanta will receive No. 31 and No. 203. " April 26

  • Falcons select Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "After trying to trade up, the Falcons retained the 14th pick in the draft and selected Boston College offensive guard Chris Lindstrom on Thursday night. Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver went to the Bills with the ninth pick. Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins went to the..." April 25

  • Which NFL player will get booed the loudest at the 2019 NFL Draft?

    SB Nation "There will be plenty of heartwarming displays at the 2019 NFL Draft. There will be players who combined hard work and athleticism to earn their chance to play football at the highest level. There will be beloved NFL veterans making their brief return to the spotlight to rally their..." April 25

  • Falcons exercise fifth-year option on Pro Bowl safety Keanu Neal

    AtlantaFalcons.com "The Atlanta Falcons exercised the fifth-year option on safety Keanu Neal’s contract on Wednesday. Neal, 23, was selected by the Falcons with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has started every single game he's played during his three-year NFL career and was..." April 24

  • Falcons DT Grady Jarrett Signs Franchise Tag

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that DT Grady Jarrett has signed his franchise tag tender for the 2019 season. The franchise tag will run the Falcons $15,355,000 fully guaranteed for the 2019 season. The Falcons and Jarrett have been discussing a long-term..." April 23

  • Falcons sign J.J. Wilcox

    AtlantaFalcons.com "The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with safety J.J. Wilcox on a one-year contract. Wilcox, 28, played for both the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets in 2018. His most notable run came with the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted him in the third round of..." April 22

  • Amazon, Disney in play for Sunday Ticket

    Pro Football Talk "Before the next wave of TV deals will be negotiated, the NFL will surely be doing its biggest deal yet in the environment where much of what used to be viewed on TV is now being consumed. Via NBCNews.com, the NFL could move its out-of-market streaming rights to Amazon or Disney...." April 22

  • Keanu Neal back lifting with teammates

    Yahoo! Sports "Falcons safety Keanu Neal made it through only 37 defensive snaps last season before tearing an anterior cruciate ligament. Neal is working his way back, now lifting with his teammates in the offseason program, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution..." April 21

  • Falcons send contingent to West Point to learn leadership, teamwork

    Pro Football Talk "A group of Falcons players, coaches and front office executives visited the U.S. Military Academy at West Point earlier this month. The group, which included Ricardo Allen, Grady Jarrett, Alex Mack, Steven Means, Keanu Neal and seven other players, spent two days learning, practicing and..." April 19

  • Falcons “are not far apart” on new deal with Julio Jones

    Sports Talk Atlanta "It looks like the Falcons should have a new deal in place with future Hall of Fame receiver Julio Jones in the coming weeks. It was basically a foregone conclusion that Julio would get a new deal this offseason after the Falcons frontloaded some of the money in his contract to 2018...." April 19

  • Falcons to gave Hageman a second-chance

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Former Falcons second-round pick Ra’Shede Hageman, after being out of the game for two seasons,  was re-signed to a one-year contract, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution learned Friday.  “As an organization, we believe in opportunities when people take..." April 19

  • NFLPA president: Voluntary means voluntary

    Pro Football Talk "Jaguars executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin say that all players should be present for voluntary offseason workouts. The president of the NFL Players Association says that voluntary doesn’t mean what Coughlin apparently thinks it means. “Our CBA..." April 18

  • Falcons, Julio Jones getting closer to new contract

    The Falcoholic "Thanks to increased cap space and greater spending on wide receivers, we have seen the same Julio Jones story for the past year. Jones, easily the best wide receiver in the NFL, saw his record-breaking contract eclipsed by countless of other pass catchers. He is currently 12th in average salary..." April 18

  • NFL 2019 schedule release: Browns get 4 prime-time slots

    The Score "The NFL released its 2019 schedule on Wednesday and the 17-week slate features a number of juicy matchups. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers kick things off Thursday, Sept. 5 and the New England Patriots open their title defense against..." April 18

  • Quarterback market has exploded in less than two years

    Pro Football Talk "From 2013 through 2016, the quarterback market stagnated. From 2017 through now, the quarterback market has exploded. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers enjoyed an extended stretch as the highest-paid player in the NFL, with a new-money average of $22 million per year, until..." April 16

  • Falcons sign defensive end Chris Odom, tackle John Wetzel

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ex-Arkansas State defensive end Chris Odom, who worked out for the Falcons Monday signed a two-year contract with the Falcons on Tuesday. The move was reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. The team announced the signing on Tuesday, along with the signing of..." April 16

  • Falcons sign ex-AAF DE Chris Odom

    Pro Football Talk "Another Alliance of American Football alum has found a job in the NFL. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Falcons are signing defensive end Chris Odom. Odom had 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Salt Lake Stallions in their eight-game season. " April 15

  • Report: Julio Jones skips start of Falcons offseason workouts

    Sportsnaut "Like last year when he was looking for a new contract, Julio Jones has reportedly opted not to attend as the Atlanta Falcons begin their offseason workout program. Vaughn McClure of ESPN noted Jones was not in the building Monday as Atlanta opened up its offseason..." April 15

  • NFL free agency: Who are best remaining players on open market? Ndamukong Suh, Jay Ajayi, more

    Newark Star-Ledger "Less than two weeks before the 2019 NFL Draft, several notable namesremain on the free agent market. Star players like defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, running back Jay Ajayi, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and wide receiver Michael Crabtree headline a free-agent market..." April 15

  • When will the NFL schedule be released for 2019?

    Sporting News "The NFL schedule for 2019 will be released soon. Though the NFL's exact schedule release date has fluctuated in recent years, we know one thing — the league prefers to release its schedule a week before the draft, which in 2019 begins April 25. The NFL has not yet announced..." April 15

  • Ulrick John visiting Falcons on Monday

    Pro Football Talk "Free agent offensive tackle Ulrick John will visit the Falcons on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. John recently visited the Seahawks but left town without a deal. John, 26, has bounced around the league after entering as a seventh-round pick of the..." April 13