Falcons Rumors & News

  • Falcons Agree To Sign 22 UDFAs

    Pro Football Rumors "Despite the fact that Atlanta only selected six players during last weekend’s draft, the Falcons’ rookie minicamp will be a busy place. The team confirmed today that it has signed 22 undrafted free agents to fill out its roster, with another 27 free agent rookies headed to the minicamp to try out..." May 05

  • Falcons, Keanu Neal Agree To Terms

    Pro Football Rumors "The Falcons have become the first NFL team to agree to terms with their first-round pick from the 2016 draft, striking a deal with safety Keanu Neal less than a week after selecting him. The team announced the agreement today in a press release, adding (via Twitter) that Neal will officially sign..." May 04

  • Falcons GM: ‘I don’t think we’ve hired anyone from Scouts Inc.'

    Sportsnaut "Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s decision to take Keanu Neal was viewed by many in the NFL Draft community at a pretty big reach. That sentiment has reached the ears of the Falcons G.M., who doesn’t appear to respect those opinions very much. Draft grades vary from person..." May 03

  • NFLPA warns players against meat that could trigger positive PED test

    Fox Sports "Almost every athlete who tests positive for a banned PED says he must have ingested something unknowingly, and now there’s evidence that can actually happen – if you eat a lot of meat in China or Mexico. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to its members this week warning them that eating..." May 03

  • Arthur Blank: Falcons will be playoff team in 2016

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons have missed the playoffs three straight seasons and the 2015 season was one of the most “stressful” of all for owner Arthur Blank. He watched his team start 6-1, then spiral to an 8-8 finish. But Blank believes the Falcons will return to the postseason in 2016, despite the backdrop..." May 03

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    Michael Fabiano @Michael_Fabiano

    The Atlanta Falcons select Keanu Neal, S, Florida…

  • Atlanta Falcons selects Keanu Neal

    Gator Country "University of Florida safety Keanu Neal became the second Florida Gator drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft when the Atlanta Falcons selected him No. 17 overall in the first round. Neal said deciding to forego his final season of eligibility at Florida was the “hardest he ever made,” but the..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Falcons prepared to stand pat at 17, upgrade defense

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The visits with draft prospects are completed. No more private workouts or three-cone drills on college campuses. Arthur Blank’s private plane gets a rest. All scouting reports have been submitted. Now, the Falcons are ready to turn in their draft card in the first-round of the NFL draft,..." April 28

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • Goodell: NFL Draft likely to leave Chicago, Denver, Atlanta want to host

    Chicago Sun-Times "Though commissioner Roger Goodell was thrilled with Chicago’s staging of the NFL draft last year — and is bracing for a bigger event downtown next week — he expects it to be held elsewhere in 2017. During an informal meeting with Associated Press Sports Editors, Goodell said Thursday it’s “very..." April 24

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Falcons exercise 2017 option on Desmond Trufant

    AtlantaFalcons.com "Share Link Print Email RSS Falcons Exercise Option on Pro Bowl CB Trufant Posted 2 hours ago Kelsey Conway AtlantaFalcons.com Twitter The Falcons have exercised their fifth-year option on Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant which allows Atlanta to extend his rookie deal through..." April 22

  • Falcons considering trading down in 1st round

    ESPN "The Atlanta Falcons have done their share of wheeling and dealing under general manager Thomas Dimitroff, including a blockbuster trade in 2011 that landed Julio Jones in exchange for five draft picks. But with only five selections this year after losing their fifth-rounder for a crowd noise..." April 22

  • Dimitroff says Falcons believe Matt Ryan can win them a Super Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff says the quarterback position is one place where he has no doubt at all about the team’s personnel. Dimitroff said this morning on PFT Live that he’s completely confident that Matt Ryan is a quarterback who can win a Super Bowl in Atlanta. “Matt has..." April 22

  • Could the Falcons select offense in the first round?

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons are putting the final touches on their draft board this week. With the mega-trade between the Rams and Titans, the Falcons are virtually certain to have a strong defensive player available when they select with the 17th pick overall. The have heavily scouted linebackers, safeties..." April 19

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • Falcons searching for hybrid linebacker-safeties

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "One of the interesting evaluations for the upcoming NFL draft is how to assess the hybrid defensive players at the safety-linebacker position. Last season, St. Louis and Arizona buttressed their run defense by using former safeties closer to the line of scrimmage and had Mark Barron and Deone..." April 18

  • Falcons still counting on Justin Hardy to be quite a catch

    ESPN "A receiver caught Matt Ryan's attention when the Atlanta Falcons quarterback gathered teammates in South Florida for workouts recently. Sure, the dynamic Julio Jones always stands out, so that was a given. And, of course, Ryan recognized newcomer Mohamed Sanu, with Sanu signed to be the No. 2..." April 14

  • 9 franchise tag talks: 1 can alter NFL draft, 2 others could get ugly

    Yahoo! Sports "In an NFL draft class robust with defensive linemen, a player who has already proven to be among the NFL elite might be the name to watch on the opening night of the draft: the New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson. If Wilkerson, a defensive end, is traded, the Jets' asking price will be a first-round..." April 13

  • Former Falcons star Jamal Anderson sentenced to 12 days in jail on DUI charge

    Gainesville Times "A former Atlanta Falcons running back pleaded guilty recently to two traffic-related offenses and was sentenced to 12 days in confinement. Jamal Sharif Anderson, 42, pleaded guilty on March 18 to less safe driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. He turned himself in to the..." April 13

  • Study: Over '40 percent' of ex-NFLers tested had traumatic brain injury

    CBS Sports "The medical community continues to make strides in the study of concussions and one study, according to the American Academy of Neurology, claims "more than 40 percent" of retired NFL players studied had some sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study conducted tests on 40 different former..." April 12

  • Players with low Wonderlic scores are more likely to be arrested

    Pro Football Talk "The Wonderlic intelligence test that has long been part of the NFL’s pre-draft screening process is mocked by many as irrelevant to a player’s football playing ability. But one group of researchers says the Wonderlic can be valuable in predicting how a player will fare off the field. A paper..." April 12

  • NFL won’t stream any London games this year

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s live-stream of last year’s London game between the Jaguars and Bills was so wildly successful that the NFL will be doing it again. Sorry, that should be the NFL will not be doing it again. According to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters, the NFL won’t stream any of the three 2016 London..." April 12

  • Arbitrator upholds NFL's use of paid leave for players under personal conduct policy

    ESPN "An arbitrator has ruled against the NFL Players Association in its grievance, filed more than a year ago, that the league's personal conduct policy implemented in late 2014 violated terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The union had challenged the authority granted to commissioner..." April 11

  • Leonard Floyd meeting with Falcons Friday

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons are expected to add a piece to their defense in the first round of the draft and they met with UCLA linebacker Myles Jack this week as part of their pre-draft process. There aren’t many people who think that Jack will be on the board when the 17th pick of the first round comes..." April 08

  • Falcons corner Jalen Collins suspended four games for PED violation

    National Football Post "Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2016 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Collins is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games." April 08

  • Falcons RT Ryan Schraeder signs his second round tender

    The Falcoholic "The long wait is over. What wait? Ryan Schraeder signing his tender, of course! Crisis averted! ESPN's Vaughn McClure was the first to report that Schraeder has signed. Schraeder has been the best undrafted player under Thomas Dimitroff, and quickly became one of the team's best offensive..." April 07

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    UCLA LB Myles Jack is visiting with Atlanta, where he was born. Jack's former UCLA DC, Jeff Ulbrich, is now the Falcons' LB coach.

  • Report: NFL ditching rookie symposium, teams responsible

    Sportsnaut "In a strange move that could portent unintended negative consequences, the NFL has reportedly ditched its rookie symposium, per Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The rookie symposium has been held every year for all the drafted rookies around the league the past 20 years. It is..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell returned to Twitter and NFL fans let him have it

    Fox Sports "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell returned to Twitter Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years to announce the league's new plan to stream Thursday night games on Twitter. Within seconds of Goodell's tweet, however, it was immediately apparent why the commissioner hasn't been on social media..." April 05

  • Twitter Said to Win NFL Deal for Thursday Streaming Rights

    Bloomberg "Twitter Inc., making a strategic push into online programming, won a deal to show Thursday night National Football League games online, a person familiar with the matter said. The social-media company was said to be bidding against a slate of heavyweights including Verizon Communications Inc.,..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell says expanded NFL playoffs will 'likely' happen

    CBS Sports "The topic of expanding the NFL postseason seems to come up every year, and every year, the league ends up nixing the idea. Don't be surprised if that changes soon, though. During a meeting with Jaguars season-ticket holders over the weekend, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL..." April 05

  • Falcons have between $7.8-8.1 million in salary cap room

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons are between $7.8 million to $8.1 million under the NFL salary cap, according to several sources. According to the NFLPA’s public salary cap report (Top 51), the Falcons have 62 players under contract, $3,905,771 in previous year carryover, $150,629,528 in team cap and are $8,172,143..." April 05

  • What is the NFL’s actual position on the link between football and CTE?

    Pro Football Talk "So does the NFL concede that there’s a link between football and CTE? The answer isn’t as clear as it could be, or should be. NFL executive V.P. of player health and safety Jeff Miller recently told a Congressional committee that a link exists. Multiple owners have since questioned Miller’s..." April 04

  • Falcons' Matt Ryan: 'I'm in the best shape of my life at 30'

    Fox Sports "Thanks to quarterback Matt Ryan, the offseason program for 27 Atlanta Falcons players has gotten off to an early start. Ryan sponsored a voluntary three-day passing camp in South Florida this week that served as a precursor to the official beginning of Atlanta's workouts April 18. Following..." April 01

  • Report: NFL cancels veteran combine

    The Score "The NFL cancelled the veteran combine this year, according to Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm. In an initiative built to provide veterans with a chance to re-enter the league, the league debuted the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine last March. Unfortunately, the combine did little to bolster the..." March 31

  • Falcons' Weatherspoon finds 6-figure check he forgot to deposit

    The Score "Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon appears to have come across a nice little surprise when packing up to move this week. Being that NFL players have their base salary divided up into 17 checks throughout the season, and that Weatherspoon played under a $2.35-million deal in 2015, the..." March 30

  • New York Times has no public response to retraction demand from NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has launched an extensive attack on the New York Times in response to a double-barreled article regarding flawed concussion research and alleged ties to the tobacco industry. In response, the New York Times has nothing to say publicly. Contacted by PFT Live with a request for a..." March 30

  • Dan Quinn fine with Falcons ‘players only’ passing camp

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons coach Dan Quinn is just fine with quarterback Matt Ryan calling a ‘player’s only’ passing camp that started on Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “I think that bond that takes place among your team, is an important one,” Quinn said when asked about the camp. “We have nine weeks over the..." March 30

  • NFL demands retraction of Times article on player concussions

    Capital New York "The National Football League is demanding The New York Times retract an article published last week about the league's research into concussions among pro football players. In a letter that was sent to the Times' legal counsel Monday and obtained by POLITICO, an attorney for the NFL, Brad S...." March 29

  • Lingering CTE debate launches new lawsuit against NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has been unable to get certain owners to not spout off nonsense about the link between football and Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. The good news is that the league now has a sufficiently compelling reason for telling the members to quit putting their feet in their mouths regarding..." March 29

  • Ga. gov. to veto bill, aiding Atlanta's SB hopes

    ESPN "Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday vetoed the state's controversial "religious liberty" bill, helping Atlanta's bid to host the Super Bowl in either 2019 or 2020 at the Falcons' new $1.4 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, set to open next summer. The legislation would have allowed clergy to refuse..." March 28

  • Falcons' Hester recovering from foot surgery

    The Score "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester is recovering from foot surgery, head coach Dan Quinn revealed Friday. Hester's 2015 campaign was hampered by toe and foot injuries, and he did not record a reception in five games, instead being used exclusively on special..." March 26

  • Ex-NFLer Sues NFL Retirement Plan For Denying Him Disability Benefits

    Deadspin "A former NFL player is suing the league’s retirement plan saying it repeatedly denied his requests for increased disability despite ample evidence of his inability to work due to neck injuries suffered while playing. Among the allegations outlined in the lawsuit is that key to Charles Dimry’s..." March 26

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    D. Orlando Ledbetter @DOrlandoAJC

    #Falcons have agreed to terms with linebacker Courtney Upshaw today

  • NFL used flawed data, left out at least 100 concussions in studies

    CBS Sports "On Thursday the New York Times released a bombshell of a report on the NFL's research into concussions, claiming the data the league used is "incomplete," "flawed" and "faulty." These assertions are made largely in part because of missing information from the concussion research the league began..." March 24

  • NFL won’t punish Falcons for asking prospect if he liked men

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL promised to take a look at the Falcons, after one of their assistant coaches asked a player at the combine if he liked men. But after gauging the team’s response, the league has decided not to punish them any further. “We spent a fair amount of time on that this week,” commissioner..." March 24

  • Talks over Roger Goodell's disciplinary role take 'massive step backwards'

    ESPN "Negotiations to remove NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the final voice on all player appeals under the personal conduct policy took a "massive step backwards," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email to the union's executive committee. ESPN.com obtained a copy of the email,..." March 24