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Blank: WR Jones will be a Falcon 'forever'

Source | 3 days ago.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank does not envision anything that will keep Julio Jones from being with the team long term, amid reports that the wide receiver is angling for an updated contract. "I love Julio. Speaking specifically to a potentially updated contract for Jones, Blank said, ""We'll talk to him directly about that, and that's be

Redskins defensive back Hall retiring after 14 seasons

Source | 11 days ago.

Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall is retiring after 14 NFL seasons, telling reporters "I'm done. Hall, 34, was the eighth overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2004 NFL Draft. Hall was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2008 for a second-round pick and agreed to a seven-year, $70 million contract with $24.5 million guaranteed.

Ra'Shede Hageman, who didn't play in 2017 after domestic violence charges, works out for New England Patriots

Source | 15 days ago.

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman worked out for the New England Patriots on Wednesday, according to the league’s transaction report as well as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Falcons released Hageman just days before the 2017 season opened in the wake of domestic violence charges. On Sept. 2, 2017, Hageman was placed

Carson Wentz ups confidence level for Week 1

Source | 17 days ago.

Throughout the offseason, during his rehab, Carson Wentz has maintained that his goal is to be ready for Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season. "I'm very confident," Wentz said. Wentz, 25, tore his left ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles.

Ryan happy to have record extension signed before camp

Source | 17 days ago.

Matt Ryan pulled out his secret weapons to seal the five-year contract extension that made him the NFL's highest-paid player. Ryan brought his infant twin boys, Marshall and John, to Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank's office on Friday, when the deal was signed. ''Tough negotiators,'' a smiling Ryan said Monday.

Here’s what Matt Ryan’s $150M deal could mean for Aaron Rodgers, Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott

Source | 17 days ago.

When news broke last week of quarterback Matt Ryan’s five-year, $150 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons — which included an NFL-record $100 million guaranteed — there was no wailing and gnashing of teeth around NFL front offices, despite the historic amount of money headed Ryan’s way. While Ryan’s agent, Tom Condon, earned plenty of ku

Falcons, Ryan agree to record five-year, $150M contract

Source | 20 days ago.

Matt Ryan is set to become the highest-paid player in the NFL. Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons agreed to a five-year, $150 million contract, establishing a new standard for top-paid NFL quarterbacks at $30 million per season. "Matt is getting what he has earned and we all know the marketplace for a great quarterback," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said

Falcons QB Ryan agrees to 5-year, $150 million extension

Source | 21 days ago.

Matt Ryan is the NFL's first $100 million man. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback became the league's highest-paid player Thursday by agreeing to a five-year contract extension that could be worth as much as $150 million. A person familiar with the deal, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms were not released,

Gutekunst expects extension for Rodgers 'soon'

Source | 21 days ago.

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst expects to agree to a contract extension with quarterback Aaron Rodgers sooner than later. "Both sides are working towards it and we're confident we'll come to an agreement soon," Gutekunst said on PFT Live on Thursday. Gutekunst added that both sides could wait to see if other starting quarterb

Falcons QB Ryan agrees to 5-year, $150 million extension

Source | 22 days ago.

Matt Ryan is the NFL's first $100 million man. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback became the league's highest-paid player Thursday by agreeing to a five-year contract extension that could be worth as much as $150 million. A person familiar with the deal, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms were not released,

Falcons' Freeman encouraged by progress with injured knee

Source | 22 days ago.

After struggling with a knee injury late last season, Devonta Freeman says he is on track to returning to the form that made him the NFL's highest-paid running back. Freeman missed two games for the Atlanta Falcons last season following his second concussion in four months. It also helped to stop the Falcons' bid for a return trip to the Super Bo

Fantasy Football 2018: One man's rookie dynasty three-round mock

Source | 23 days ago.

As soon as the curtain closed on the 2018 NFL Draft, most responsible fantasy owners began arranging (or rearranging) rookie dynasty ranks. It rarely pays to make plans three or four years in advance in the NFL. 1. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants — Barkley is the no-doubt top pick, a dynamic three-down talent and the most pro-ready runner in

2018 NFL Draft Grades: NFC South

Source | 25 days ago.

NFC SOUTH ATLANTA FALCONS 1 (26). Calvin Ridley, WR: 6-1, 189; Alabama 2 (58). Isaiah Oliver, CB: 6-1, 201; Colorado 3 (90). Deadrin Senat, DT: 6-0, 314; South Florida 4 (126). Ito Smith, RB: 5-9, 201; Southern Miss 6 (194). Russell Gage, WR: 6-0, 184

'Trader Tom' keeps streak intact as Falcons add offense

Source | 26 days ago.

Through more than a decade as Atlanta Falcons general manager, Thomas Dimitroff has always found a way to make a least one trade during the NFL draft. Trader Tom kept his record intact Saturday. For the 11th straight draft, Dimitroff found a willing partner, dealing Atlanta's two seventh-round picks to the Los Angeles Rams for a sixth-round select

After drafting Ridley, Falcons may look to defense on Day 2

Source | 27 days ago.

For once, the Atlanta Falcons passed up a chance to bolster their defense. The Falcons selected Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley with the No. 26 overall pick Thursday night, giving the team another deep passing threat to pair with star Julio Jones. After losing Dontari Poe in free agency to division rival Carolina, Atlanta also was looking to bulk up

Bears reportedly tried trading back up in the first round to select Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

Source | 27 days ago.

The Bears made up for the loss of Cameron Meredith by adding a wide receiver in the second day of the NFL Draft on Friday night. After taking Iowa center James Daniels with the 39th pick in the second round, Ryan Pace & Co. made a trade with the New England Patriots to acquire the 51st pick. The Bears selected Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller

NFL draft Winners and Losers: Josh Rosen fired up after 'nine mistakes' before he was picked

Source | 28 days ago.

As the pre-draft process went on, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen seemed to get more agitated. He didn’t seem too interested on Thursday night in smiling and doing the typical post-pick interview with NFL Network. It turned out, he was seething before the

Atlanta Falcons NFL Draft Picks: 2018 Round-by-Round Results, Grades

Source | 28 days ago.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are coming off a 2017 season where they went 10–6 a year after their Super Bowl meltdown against the New England Patriots. Atlanta did win a playoff game before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Falcons did field a top–10 offense and defense last season, but Ryan had an off-yea

Roll Tide! Falcons add another Alabama receiver with Ridley

Source | 28 days ago.

The last time the Atlanta Falcons picked an Alabama receiver in the first round of the NFL draft, it worked out pretty well. The Falcons landed another Nick Saban receiver for their offensive arsenal, adding Ridley to a unit led by Julio Jones .

No pressing needs for Falcons heading into wide-open draft

Source | 29 days ago.

The Atlanta Falcons are used to focusing on one or two positions in the NFL draft. After a Super Bowl appearance two years ago and another trip to the playoffs last season, the Falcons are fairly content with their roster. ''This draft is different than most drafts I've been involved with,'' said Thomas Dimitroff, entering his second decade as