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  • John Schnatter: ‘Papa John’s Doesn’t Want To Do Business With Roger Goodell’

    Total Pro Sports "ohn Schnatter clearly has a wish to end everything he has worded for up to this point, and it’s taken just under a year for him to completely destroy his image. The Papa Johns founder is already at rock bottom, but he decided to dig an even bigger hole on Friday during a recent..." July 15

  • NFLPA exec: 'There are serious consequences' to legalized sports betting

    The Score "NFLPA vice president of business and legal affairs Casey Schwab stated that legalized sports betting could have immense ramifications concerning player privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 in May that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is unconstitutional,..." July 15

  • NFLPA Files Grievance Over NFL’s Anthem Policy

    Pro Football Rumors "The players’ union is filing a grievance against the NFL’s new anthem policy, the NFLPA announced on Tuesday. The union argues that the new policy violates the rights of players.  “Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players..." July 10

  • NFL adds 15-yard penalty for grounds crew clearing snow for a field goal

    Pro Football Talk "Just before Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri lined up for a game-tying extra point on a snowy day last season in Buffalo, the Colts sent some sideline personnel onto the field to attempt to remove snow from the area where the kick would be lined up, and help Vinatieri get better footing...." July 06

  • NFL Still Has a Cheating Problem

    Bleacher Report "There's never been a player who quietly inspired more love, and potentially more hate, among NFL wide receivers than the Patriots' Julian Edelman. For years, there have been two differing opinions about Edelman. Some believed he was special—a..." July 06

  • Trump: NFL’s new anthem policy is ‘worse’ than old one

    New York Post "President Donald Trump is not done with the NFL yet, saying the league’s new national anthem policy is “worse” than the original one. During a campaign rally in Great Falls, Mont., Trump took aim at the NFL’s new policy again, which was passed in May and..." July 06

  • The NFL coaches likely on the hot seat

    Houston Chronicle "NFL teams are preparing for training camp and the 2018 season. There are coaches who seem to be on the proverbial hot seat. Three divisions – AFC South, NFC North and NFC West – don't have coaches who have trouble sitting as they enter crucial seasons. It'll be..." July 06

  • Fully-guaranteed NFL deal would result in shorter contracts

    Pro Football Talk "It’s the annual NBA free-agency frenzy, featuring B-level players getting more money than A-list NFL stars. Among other things, the money handed out to basketball players renews calls for fully-guaranteed NFL contracts. This year, Chargers left tackle and NFLPA executive..." July 04

  • Falcons Sign First-Round WR Calvin Ridley

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Atlanta Falcons have signed first-round WR Calvin Ridley to a four-year rookie contract, according to his agency. The Falcons have now signed their entire 2018 draft class. Ridley, 22, was taken with the No. 26 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft..." July 04

  • Michael Vick is the latest former Falcons star who thinks Julio Jones deserves to get paid

    CBS Sports "Add Michael Vick to the name of former Falcons players who think Julio Jonesdeserves a raise. "To my knowledge, Julio is holding out for a bigger contract and Julio deserves it," Vick told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on..." July 03

  • Grady Jarrett among players to breakout in 2018

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is among Good Morning Football analyst Peter Schrager’s top five breakout players of 2018.  “The Falcons defense is young and loaded,” Schrager said about Jarrett and the Falcons defense.  Jarrett is entering..." July 02

  • Falcons waive wide receiver Devin Fuller

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons cleared up a little paperwork before the weekend, getting rid of a guy who never played a down for them. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Falcons waived wide receiver Devin Fuller. " June 29

  • NFL saw 73 percent rise in preseason concussions last year

    Pro Football Talk "When training camps open around the league next month, the NFL wants teams to be mindful of the spike in preseason concussions last year. The NFL found that preseason concussions were up 73 percent from 2016 and that most of them occurred in 11-on-11 drills conducted in practices..." June 29

  • Falcons Signing Veteran S Ron Parker

    NFL Trade Rumors "Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Falcons are expected to sign veteran S Ron Parker to a contract on Monday. Tom Pelissero confirms the news and adds that Parker receives a one-year contract from the Falcons. The Jets reportedly had..." June 25

  • A.J. Green Supports Julio Jones' Holdout From Falcons

    TMZ "A.J. Green says he's not mad at Julio Jones for holding out in his contract dispute with the ATL Falcons -- telling TMZ Sports, "He gotta do what he gotta do, man." The Bengals superstar WR was out shopping in Bev Hills -- and explained that when it..." June 22

  • Falcons Grady Jarrett among top graded third-year players last season

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was among the top graded third-year players last season, according to Pro Football Focus.  In 2017, Jarrett recorded 34 total tackles and four sacks. He started in all 16 games.  " June 21

  • T.O.: 'I have nothing to do with Julio except training'

    Bleacher Report "There are three facts we need to get straight before we dive into this story about Julio Jones and Terrell Owens. First: Jones wants more money, and he skipped minicamp to get more money. This is a fact. Second: The relationship between Jones and the Falcons is strained...." June 20

  • Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian On The Hot Seat?

    Pro Football Rumors "Steve Sarkisian is entering his second season as Falcons offensive coordinator, but the coach’s job could already be in jeopardy. Appearing on “The Wake Up Call” on ESPN Charlotte, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Sarkisian is..." June 20

  • Falcons worried over Julio Jones-Terrell Owens friendship

    New York Post "The Falcons’ front office isn’t thrilled with Julio Jones’ offseason activities. The explosive receiver, who curiously scrubbed his social media feeds of Atlanta-related content earlier this year, has been working out with polarizing Hall of Famer Terrell..." June 19

  • NFL Rumors: Why Julio Jones’ Relationship With Falcons Is In ‘A Bad Place’

    NESN "Birds of a feather flock together, but Julio Jones is flying solo at the moment — and may be ruffling some feathers in the process. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver skipped the team’s organized team activities and minicamp as he attempts to restructure his current..." June 18

  • Even without Jones, Falcons believe they had a strong offseason program

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Before spreading out to cities around the country, the Falcons gathered in the far corner of their practice field one last time.  Falcons coach Dan Quinn told the team, which was minus its four-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, that they had the “finest”..." June 17

  • Falcons training camp dates set, several practices open to public

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons will open training camp on July 27, the team announced on Friday. The camp will run through Aug. 4 with selected dates open to the public. The team reports on Thursday, July 26.  Practices are open to the public on Friday, July 27; Saturday, July..." June 16

  • Mike Pereira: If the new rules don’t reduce concussions, the kickoff is gone

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s new rules designed to reduce the impacts on kickoffs represent a last-gasp effort to keep the play in the sport. That’s the word from former head of officiating Mike Pereira, who believes that if this year’s rule changes don’t result in the desired..." June 15

  • Quinn confident a deal with Jones will get done before training camp

    NFL.com "Falcons coach Dan Quinn is confident that Julio Jones’ contract situation will get resolved in time for him to attend training camp, which is set for late July. “The good news is that there are conversations that have begun,” Quinn said on Thursday after the..." June 15

  • Million Dollar Man: Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen on signing free-agent tender

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Before Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen signed his restricted-free-agent tender Monday, he had never made a million dollars. Now the Falcons’ free safety is making nearly three times that much, as the $2.914 million contract quadrupled Allen’s previous base salary of..." June 14

  • Report: NFLPA exploring legal options for fighting new anthem policy

    The Score "It appears the NFLPA is preparing for a legal battle with the NFL over its new anthem policy. The NFLPA has hired multiple law firms to begin researching potential avenues to fight the league's policy, a source told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Florio..." June 14

  • Falcons Re-Sign RB Terrence Magee, Waive RB Demario Richard

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Atlanta Falcons announced that they’ve re-signed RB Terrence Magee to a contract on Wednesday and waived RB Demario Richard. Magee, 25, signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of LSU back in 2015. He was on and off their practice squad before..." June 13

  • Matt Ryan and the Falcons Are Not Concerned About Julio Jones's Absence ... Yet

    SI "When it comes to Julio Jones’s absence from Falcons’ mandatory minicamp, everything is copasetic … for now. On Monday, the day before camp started, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff put out a respectful, short statement saying Jones wouldn’t be..." June 13

  • Falcons waive Quincy Mauger

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons waived defensive back Quincy Mauger on Monday. He has never played in an NFL regular-season game. Mauger, 23, originally signed with the Falcons as a undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2017. " June 12

  • Falcons Re-Sign RFA S Ricardo Allen

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Vaughn McClure, Falcons restricted free agent DB Ricardo Allen has officially signed his one-year tender on Monday. The Falcons placed a second-round tender on Allen which is worth $2.914 million. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said..." June 11

  • Julio Jones To Skip Falcons’ Minicamp

    AtlantaFalcons.com "Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff released the following statement on Julio Jones after players reported for minicamp on Monday: "We have been in contact with Julio and his representation. We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have..." June 11

  • A look at Julio Jones’ bizarre offseason

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "So, what’s up with Julio Jones?  There could be answers to the myriad of question surrounding the bizarre offseason of Quintorris Lopez “Julio” Jones. The Falcons All-Pro wide receiver is expected for the team’s mandatory three-day mini-camp, which starts..." June 11

  • Here's Brett Favre explaining how he basically invented RPOs because he was bored

    CBS Sports "Over the last few seasons, the run-pass option (RPO) has become increasingly popular in the NFL. The way it allows an offense to react to how the defense lines up and then reacts off the snap of the ball makes it easy to avoid negative plays that flow right into what the defense is doing, and..." June 11

  • Parmalee helping Freeman to rebound from ‘toughest’ NFL season

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "After dodging offseason knee surgery, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman plans to bounce back from the toughest season of his career. Freeman’s 2017 season got to a slow start when he suffered a concussion in the exhibition season. He suffered another one against Dallas and..." June 10

  • Falcons Work Out Punter Austin Rehkow

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons could be hunting for some depth or competition at the kicker and punter position. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports (via Twitter) that the team auditioned special teamer Austin Rehkow earlier this week. The 23-year-old was a standout during his tenure at..." June 10

  • Donald Trump asks NFL players to suggest people he should pardon

    WEEI Boston "Donald Trump discussed his plan for presidential pardons on Friday and made an offer to NFL players to suggest to him people he should pardon. "What I'm thinking to do, you have a lot of people in the NFL in particular ... they're not proud enough to stand for..." June 08

  • Steve Sarkisian feels more comfortable in second year with Falcons

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian didn’t have to dig too deep to find the area where his unit needs to improve during the 2018 season. Sarkisian said on Wednesday that the Falcons “didn’t score enough points” last year as they went from scoring 33.8..." June 07

  • Falcons Sign WR Taj Williams, Waive TE Jake Roh

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they’ve signed rookie WR Taj Williams and waived rookie TE Jake Roh. Williams wound up going undrafted out of TSU a few months ago before signing on with the Seahawks. Unfortunately, Williams lasted just a few days in..." June 04

  • A Falcons OTAs no-show, Julio Jones makes appearance at Cam Newton's kickball tourney

    Charlotte Observer "During one of the early games Friday, a strong-footed participant sent a kickball sailing toward right-center field for what looked like a certain home run. But Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — the host for the 25 teams that included a couple dozen celebrity players —..." June 02

  • Falcons will decide on anthem approach as a team

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Still in the middle of the final phase of their offeason program, the Atlanta Falcons have not addressed the elephant in the locker room. However, they acknowledge that the issue of National Football League’s national anthem policy, which requires all league and team personnel..." June 02

  • The Best Remaining NFL Free Agents

    Pro Football Rumors "The biggest names in this year’s free agent class such as Kirk Cousins, Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson, and Trumaine Johnson have long been spoken for, but plenty of notable players remain on the board here in June. With a hat tip to James Palmer of NFL.com..." June 01

  • Falcons’ Coleman ready to run to daylight for his twins

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, the young father of two six-month old twins, was born premature – 10 weeks early and weighed just three pounds.  He’s been fighting every since. Coleman is elated that his twins, Nazaneen and Nezerah, were both born healthy..." May 31

  • Matt Ryan was incredibly unlucky on interceptions last year

    Pro Football Talk "Atlanta’s Matt Ryan threw 12 interceptions last season, which is not an inordinately high number for a quarterback who starts all 16 games. But it was a lot more interceptions than he should have thrown. According to data from FootballOutsiders.com, Ryan..." May 31

  • Matt Ryan: “Very easy” to get on same page as Julio Jones

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "To believe these “voluntary” NFL off-season training sessions hold real value is to believe that all the important parts need to be present. Young guys learn. Older guys recharge and mentor. And the delicate art of team-building is advanced another day.   Julio..." May 30

  • NFL Owner Admits He Changed His Mind On National Anthem Policy Because of Trump

    12 Up "NFL owners may not all be in lock-step over issues surrounding player protests during the National Anthem, but it's clear that the American president has been a driving force in the conflict-- and has influenced at least a few owners' positions on the matter. Former..." May 30

  • Jones 'Turn Off the Panic Alarm I'm a Falcon Forever!!'

    TMZ "Julio Jones ain't going NOWHERE and you can take that to the bank, because the NFL star said it himself ... he's a Falcon forever!! We got Julio leaving Delilah in WeHo Thursday night and had to ask him what he thought about what Falcons owner Arthur Blank said..." May 27

  • Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof will be open for 10 days as work nears finish

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s retractable roof, which has been closed for all but two events, will be open for 10 days beginning Tuesday as part of what is being called the final phase of work on its automation.  That means Atlanta United’s next home match, June 2 against..." May 26

  • Aaron Rodgers tells Falcons GM to get Matt Ryan's extension done

    247 Sports "Aaron Rodgers is expected to sign a new contract in the very near future. In fact, with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan signing his extension a few weeks ago, Rodgers now knows his market value and he could sign a few weeks. And speaking of Ryan, Falcons general manager Thomas..." May 25

  • DeMaurice Smith: Anthem rule is about exerting control over players

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says the league’s owners are less interested in showing respect for America than in showing they can control their employees with the new rule requiring players who are on the field for the national anthem to..." May 25

  • Falcons’ Ricardo Allen Wants New Deal

    Pro Football Rumors "Ricardo Allen has yet to sign his restricted free agent tender, as D.Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. The Falcons free safety says he’s waiting things out as he pushes for a multi-year deal.  “I have a tender,” Allen..." May 24