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Falcons focused on doing deals for three other players right now

The Falcons have made it clear to wide receiver Julio Jones that he’s not getting a raise before the start of the regular season. But that doesn’t mean they’re not looking to do some deals. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons haven’t budgeted for a renegotiation for Jones, but are “focused” [more]

Report: Falcons have informed Julio Jones he won’t get a contract adjustment

Julio Jones sent the Falcons a message in skipping the offseason program and mandatory minicamp. So what does the star receiver do now that the Falcons have told him they won’t adjust his contract? Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reported Wednesday night that the Falcons recently informed Jones they have not budgeted for a renegotiation [more]

Several NFL players among the world’s highest-paid celebrities

Forbes is out with its annual list of the highest-paid celebrities in the world, and several NFL players made the cut. The highest-ranked NFL player is Matt Ryan, who checks in at No. 29 with an estimated $67.3 million, according to Forbes. That comes from the contract Ryan signed this year as well as endorsement [more]

Julio Jones works with Matt Ryan, other teammates at pre-camp session

Falcons receiver Julio Jones didn’t show up for the team’s offseason program or mandatory minicamp, but he is working with Matt Ryan at the quarterback’s passing camp. Calvin Ridley posted a photo on Snapchat of 10 players posing with Ryan after a pre-camp workout. The team’s website tweeted the photo. The Falcons report to training [more]

How many NFL teams will end their relationship with Papa John’s?

Plenty of baseball teams have suspended their relationships with Papa John’s in recent days, moves that create real complications and revenue consequences when they happens during baseball season. How many NFL teams will end their relationships with Papa John’s in the aftermath of the full body of founder and former chairman/CEO John Schnatter’s behavior and [more]

Falcons indefinitely suspend relationship with Papa John’s

The hits keep coming for Papa John’s. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons have indefinitely suspended their relationship with Papa John’s in the aftermath of the report that founder John Schnatter made racially insensitive comments during a May conference call. “The divisive comments made and acknowledged by the company’s founder are [more]

Falcons join teams charging fans for a training camp practice

Other teams have tried it, so the Falcons have decided to charge for a thing that used to be free. The team announced that their Sunday, July 29 practice would be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and that tickets for the camp practice would be $5. They said in their release the proceeds would go to [more]

Confusion continues regarding the two new helmet rules

Roughly two months from the start of the regular season, and less than four weeks from the first preseason game, it’s still not clear how the NFL will enforce two new rules that apply to helmet use. And, yes, there are two new rules. In addition to the much-publicized (after it was secretly passed) prohibition [more]

Judge Lance Ito wishes Falcons rookie Ito Smith well

Judge Lance Ito’s name will forever be linked with O.J. Simpson after presiding over Simpson’s murder trial in 1994 and 1995, but that’s not the only link he shares with a professional running back. Falcons fourth-round pick Ito Smith was given the name Romarius when he was born on September 11, 1995, but the ubiquity [more]

Adrian Clayborn was a “consistent force” during offseason workouts

Tweaked quad notwithstanding, Adrian Clayborn had an impressive spring in New England. Via Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, the first-year Patriots pass rusher became a “consistent force off the edge” during OTAs and minicamp, “typically getting the jump on any tackles who were trying to keep him at bay.” The non-contact (eye roll) nature [more]

Falcons sign Calvin Ridley

Wide receiver Calvin Ridley has something extra to celebrate on July 4. Ridley’s agents announced that he has agreed to terms on his rookie deal with the Falcons. Ridley, who was selected with the 26th overall pick, has a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season. Ridley caught 224 passes for 2,781 [more]

Michael Vick: Julio Jones deserves a bigger contract

Former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick wants to see his old team reward one of its best players. Vick told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Jones, who held out of the team’s offseason work, should get the pay raise he wants. “To my knowledge, Julio is holding out for a bigger contract and Julio deserves it,” Vick [more]

Falcons waive wide receiver Devin Fuller

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. The 2016 seventh-rounder spent his first two years on injured reserve. A shoulder injury ended his rookie campaign, and he [more]

Tom Brady repeats as No. 1 player in NFL Network’s Top 100

The NFL Network built up the final 10 spots of its top 100 with a two-hour show that lacked any drama. That’s because the top choice was predictable . . . and the same as last year. Tom Brady, of course, repeated at No. 1 in the NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2018 after [more]

Ron Parker joins Falcons because they are “that close” to winning title

Safety Ron Parker made his signing with Atlanta official. He chose the Falcons, he said, for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. “What drew me here is that I’ve seen it’s a great fit,” Parker said, via Will McFadden of the team website. “They’ve got a great team — got great guys, all [more]

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