Falcons Rumors & News

  • 10 best players still available in 2017 NFL Draft

    Larry Brown Sports "The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has officially come to a close and 32 players now have a new home. But what about all the players who remain? What about those who unexpectedly fell? And just how far will those with question-mark players continue to fall? Each of those are legitimate..." April 28

  • Takkarist McKinley on emotional F-bomb: 'Probably got fined already'

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley poked fun at himself after using the F-word in a live draft night interview Thursday with NFL Network analyst and Falcons Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. The Falcons traded with the Seattle Seahawks to move up from the 31st overall pick to..." April 28

  • Falcons could trade up in first round

    Pro Football Talk "We’ve heard a lot this week about teams drafting early that would like to trade down in the first round and the lack of interest from buyers, but there are some teams that are reportedly open to such a move. The Broncos are reportedly looking to move up from No. 20 and the 2016 NFC champions..." April 27

  • Falcons looking to swap first-round picks with Seahawks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Atlanta Falcons might be interested in trading first-round picks with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Draft Analyst. Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline writes the Falcons might trade for Seattle’s 26th overall pick to acquire a top-rated pass rusher, possibly Missouri’s Charles..." April 27

  • Deshaun Watson has special connection to Falcons, Matt Ryan

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson grew up in Gainesville, Ga., just a few minutes away from the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility in Flowery Branch. In an interview conducted by DraftKings, Watson discusses how he became a ball boy for the Falcons through the Boys and Girls Club when he was..." April 26

  • Report: Falcons Discussing Trade Up With Seahawks For Pass Rusher

    NFL Trade Rumors "Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reports that that the Falcons and Seahawks are discussing a potential trade that would involve them swapping first-round picks. According to Pauline, the Falcons would like to get ahead of the Steelers, Packers, and Cowboys to ensure that they’re able to come..." April 25

  • 'Bloodbath' in Bristol: ESPN could cut 70 people

    Sporting News "The layoffs at ESPN might turn out worse than predicted, sources tell Sporting News. The Worldwide Leader in Sports could cut around 70 TV/radio anchors, reporters, analysts and online writers over coming days and weeks, sources said. That would be worse than the 40 to 50 on-air talents..." April 25

  • First college games at new Falcons stadium will have roof closed

    Pro Football Talk "Atlanta’s new stadium has a roof that is supposed to open and close with the flip of a switch. Until further notice, the switch will be in the “off” position. Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the college football games due to be played on Labor Day weekend at the new venue will proceed..." April 24

  • Joe Mixon off Falcons' draft board

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons are in the final stages of rating and stacking players on their board for the NFL draft, which will be held Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who has been involved domestic violence case, is not on the team’s draft board, The..." April 24

  • Dan Quinn comfortable with Dontari Poe's reporting weight

    ESPN "Without revealing the specific number, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he was comfortable with new defensive tackle Dontari Poe's weight upon reporting for offseason workouts this week. Quinn previously said weight was going to be factor in Poe playing at his best in a new defensive..." April 23

  • Falcons' Taylor Gabriel signs second-round tender

    NFL.com "Taylor Gabriel is officially under contract for the 2017 campaign. Fresh off a breakout 2016 season, the unrestricted free agent signed his second-round tender worth roughly $2.8 million with the Falcons, the team announced Saturday. Atlanta was never really at a risk of losing Gabriel to..." April 22

  • Dan Quinn: Several edge rushers in draft will have immediate impact

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn sees a wide variety of edge rushers in this year's draft class, but the pass-rush expert dissected enough of them to realize how many are capable of making an immediate impact. The draft is an inexact science, of course. But Quinn tried his best to quantify how..." April 21

  • Julio Jones, others limited for Falcons in offseason program

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A few players for the Falcons are not participating fully in the team’s offseason program, yet team officials expect wide receiver Julio Jones, center Alex Mack, cornerback Desmond Trufant, and defensive linemen Derrick Shelby and Adrian Clayborn to be recovered from injuries for training..." April 20

  • Falcons GM open to drafting red-flagged prospects: ‘We’re not looking for angels’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons may be willing to take a risk on a prospect with potential character concerns in the NFL draft later this month. Speaking on Thursday about Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and other red-flagged prospects, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, according to Knox..." April 20

  • Falcons plan to exercise Jake Matthews’ 2018 option

    Pro Football Rumors "Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff plans to exercise the fifth-year option on tackle Jake Matthews, as D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets. For now, a new long-term deal is on the back burner. The decision to exercise Matthews’ option was not necessarily a hard one for..." April 20

  • Falcons GM open to drafting red-flagged prospects: ‘We’re not looking for angels’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons may be willing to take a risk on a prospect with potential character concerns in the NFL draft later this month. Speaking on Thursday about Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and other red-flagged prospects, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, according to Knox..." April 20

  • NFL owners chipped in millions to fund President Trump’s inauguration events

    Sporting News "Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was among many high-rolling sports figures to contribute to President Donald Trump's inaugural festivities, including six other NFL owners who donated $1 million, The Washington Post reported, citing a Federal Election Commission filing it obtained. The Republican..." April 20

  • Phil Simms joining CBS’ The NFL Today as studio analyst

    Sportsnaut "CBS announced Wednesday that Phil Simms will be joining the show The NFL Today as a studio analyst. Simms had previously made it clear he wasn’t done working in broadcasting after being bumped for Tony Romo in the live booth next to Jim Nantz. A consummate professional, we expect Simms to..." April 19

  • Poll: 87 percent of NFL fans oppose their team drafting player with history of violence against women

    Sportsnaut "According to one poll, the majority of NFL fans aren’t on board with their favorite team drafting a player who has physically abused a woman. “A Marist poll conducted for HBO’s Real Sports found that the vast majority of fans — 87 percent — say that they would oppose their favorite NFL team..." April 19

  • Possible Falcons-Cowboys Sunday night opener has nice ring to it

    ESPN "The much-anticipated release of the 2017 schedule is expected to occur on Thursday, as Detroit Lions president Rod Wood revealed. There are certain to be leaks regarding marquee games. The Boston Globe dropped one over the weekend when it reported the Atlanta Falcons are likely to host the..." April 17

  • Falcons plotting another move up in the draft?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The last media look inside the Falcons’ draft nerve center was a few years back, but is still relevant. There was an 80-inch television on the wall facing general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s desk. He said he, Scott Pioli and others often watched tape of a player on that screen. There was a..." April 16

  • Patriots-Chiefs expected to open season, Falcons at home on SNF

    Pro Football Talk "The schedule for the 2017 season is set to be announced this week, which means that we will find out which team will be visiting Gillette Stadium to play the Patriots in the first game of the season. The Falcons are on New England’s home schedule this year, but it doesn’t look like the NFL will..." April 16

  • Eric Mangini: Falcons ‘great landing spot’ for Sherman

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Former NFL coach Eric Mangini thinks if the Seahawks decide to trade cornerback Richard Sherman, a good fit could be Atlanta. On Fox Sports’ ‘Speak for Yourself’ on Wednesday, the Sherman trade rumors were discussed along with the report that the asking price for Sherman has dropped in..." April 14

  • Roddy White Retires

    Pro Football Rumors "Longtime Falcons wide receiver Roddy White indicated in February that his NFL career had ended. The 35-year-old made it official Friday, announcing on Twitter that he has retired." April 14

  • Matt Ryan’s journey of self-inflicted pain

    Yardbarker "You can’t blame a player for getting hung up on a Super Bowl loss, especially if it’s the unprecedented 25-point blown lead the Falcons endured back in February. It would be fair to argue that Matt Ryan is one of the least culpable people for that particular defeat. Sure, he wasn’t without..." April 13

  • NFL players on the trading block: Big names who could get dealt

    ESPN "Of all the potential NFL offseason storylines, "Seahawks trade Richard Sherman" would have ranked among the least believable two or three months ago. Yet, here we are. Sherman and the Seahawks, one of the most beautiful and successful pairings of player and NFL organization in the past..." April 12

  • Before moving on, Falcons' Matt Ryan watched Super Bowl loss day after day

    ESPN "Matt Ryan, who guided the Atlanta Falcons to an improbable Super Bowl run, didn't try to quickly block the game from his mind despite the fact a 25-point lead turned into a 34-28 overtime loss to the New England Patriots. Instead of decompressing for a bit, Ryan jumped right back into things as..." April 12

  • NFL Relocation Fees Are Revenues The Players Will Never Touch

    Deadspin "NFL owners are poised to rake in a fortune from the recent franchise relocations of the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders. Those owners naturally won’t be sharing a penny from that windfall with the players. As a condition of approving all three franchise moves in the last 15 months, the league..." April 11

  • NFL releases 2017 preseason schedule

    NFL.com "The NFL released the entire 2017 preseason schedule Monday. The 65-game slate features eight nationally televised matchups, including a game between the Chargers and Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. ET. The 2017 preseason will kick off Thursday, Aug. 3 (NBC, 8 p.m...." April 11

  • NFL Fining Players Who Participated In Vegas Arm Wrestling Event

    CBS Pittsburgh "Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is reportedly getting fined by the NFL, but not for what you might think. Over the weekend Harrison and dozens of other current and former NFL players reportedly participated in the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship at the MGM Grand Hotel &..." April 10

  • Falcons sign decathlete Garrett Scantling

    Pro Football Talk "With 90 spots on the offseason roster, teams sometimes use one to take a look at an athlete who is trying to make a switch to football from another sport. The Falcons are doing that with former University of Georgia track and field athlete Garrett Scantling. Scantling posted a picture of his..." April 10

  • Inside the Desmond Trufant deal

    Pro Football Talk "The initial reports of the value of a long-term, big-money contract rarely if ever tell the whole story. So the smart move, before judging whether or not a deal is a good one, is to wait for the whole story. As to the contract given by the Falcons to cornerback Desmond Trufant, here’s the whole..." April 09

  • Falcons in final countdown to the draft

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The countdown to the NFL draft has started in earnest for the NFC champion Falcons. The Falcons’ draft board is set and now all that is left is the final round of private workouts and visits from up to 30 prospects. The early returns on the partnership between Falcons general manager Thomas..." April 09

  • Desmond Trufant expects to be in “great shape” by training camp

    Pro Football Talk "Cornerback Desmond Trufant has a new contract with the Falcons and said Saturday that he feels “very humbled” by the commitment the team made to him after a year that ended early because of a pectoral injury. Trufant missed the team’s postseason run and Super Bowl loss after having surgery and..." April 09

  • With Desmond Trufant done, Falcons can turn to Devonta Freeman

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff called a new contract for cornerback Desmond Trufant his top priority this offseason, and that contract got done on Saturday. Now it’s time for priority No. 2: A new deal for running back Devonta Freeman. Dimitroff indicated last month that the Freeman deal could..." April 09

  • Falcons expect to sign Devonta Freeman to extension this summer

    Sportsnaut "There’s been some concern surrounding the Atlanta Falcons’ ability to retain running back Devonta Freeman over the long term. His agent sent a clear message leading up to the Super Bowl that Freeman wants to be paid elite money. A member of Freeman’s entourage, also his agent’s husband, doubled..." April 08

  • Falcons, Desmond Trufant agree to five-year contract

    Bleacher Report "With Desmond Trufant set to become a free agent in 2018, the Atlanta Falcons agreed to a five-year, $69 million extension Saturday with the cornerback. Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post first reported the news and noted the deal included almost $42 million in guaranteed money. ESPN's Adam..." April 08

  • Patriots reportedly unlikely to host Falcons in season opener

    CBS Sports "If the Falcons were hoping to get some Super Bowl revenge on the Patriots during Week 1 of the 2017 season, it looks like it’s not going to happen. Although the two teams are scheduled to play each other in 2017, that game likely won’t be coming in the first week of the season. According to..." April 07

  • Seven most realistic Richard Sherman trade scenarios

    Sportsnaut "We have no real idea whether the Seattle Seahawks will trade Richard Sherman. What we do know is that he’s firmly on the trade block and the asking price is said to be both a high-round pick and a good player. That pretty much limits the teams that could make a play for the All Pro cornerback...." April 07

  • Kiper on Falcons: ‘They don’t have enough good pass rushers’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. was asked by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution how should the Falcons blend the concept of taking the best player available with their obvious needs for the NFL draft, which is set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. The Falcons hold the 31st pick in the first..." April 07

  • Falcons continue looking at players on offensive, defensive lines

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons addressed the middle of their defensive line during free agency by signing defensive tackle Dontari Poe away from the Chiefs and they may do the same on the edges of the line come the draft. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Falcons defensive line..." April 06

  • Falcons worked out Utah’s Bolles, Asiata

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons, who are in the offensive linemen market after the retirement of right guard Chris Chester, worked out Utah linemen Garett Bolles and Isaac Asiata last week in Salt Lake City. Bolles widely ranked as the second best tackle in the draft behind Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramcyzk. At 6-foot-5,..." April 06

  • Report: Falcons to work out Forrest Lamp

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons lost a member of their 2016 starting offensive line to retirement last week when right guard Chris Chester opted to call an end to his playing career after becoming a free agent in March. The team has a pair of in-house options to replace him in Ben Garland and Wes Schweitzer and..." April 05

  • Amazon Scores With Live-Streaming Rights For NFL 'TNF' Package

    Sports Business Daily "Amazon will replace Twitter in live streaming the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football.” The company will livestream the 10 “TNF” games carried by CBS and NBC as part of a one-year deal that the league announced late Tuesday. Amazon paid $50M for the rights, substantially more than the $10M that Twitter..." April 05

  • Hard Knocks will remain on HBO with new four-year deal

    Awful Announcing "When it comes to sports documentaries, HBO’s Hard Knocks was revolutionary. It may be impossible to believe it now, but Hard Knocks has been around since 2001 when the Baltimore Ravens first took the plunge to allow HBO cameras into their training camp. Since that time the NFL has had a team..." April 03

  • With Patriots-Falcons opener unlikely, handicapping other best options

    ESPN "After spending four days at the NFL annual meeting in Phoenix last week, I came away with the belief that it would be a major surprise if the 2017 kickoff opener is a Super Bowl LI rematch between the Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. It seems top league decision-makers have listened to Panthers..." April 02

  • Georgia's Tyler Catalina gets chance to impress Falcons at local workout

    ESPN "Former University of Georgia offensive lineman Tyler Catalina will get a chance to leave a strong impression on the Atlanta Falcons after being invited to the team's local pro day. The event is scheduled for this Wednesday. "I'm excited for the opportunity that the Atlanta Falcons..." April 02

  • Chris Chester retiring after 11 seasons

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons will have a new starter at right guard in the 2017 season. Chris Chester’s contract expired after the Super Bowl and he won’t be signing a new one with Atlanta or any other team. Chester told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com that he will be retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL. The..." March 31

  • Trufant to be ready for training camp

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team will hold cornerback Desmond Trufant, a former Pro Bowler, out of the offseason OTA practices, but expect him to be ready for training camp in late July. Trufant is recovering from torn pectoral muscle that caused him to miss the final seven games of..." March 30

  • The Falcons' absurd retractable roof might delay opening of their new stadium

    CBS Sports "The Falcons aren’t the only team in Atlanta that has trouble performing in the clutch. Apparently, the construction team is also having some issues as it heads into the proverbial fourth quarter of putting the finishing touches on Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The new stadium, which was..." March 30