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Former No. 1 overall pick advises Joe Burrow to “pull an Eli Manning”

In 1975, Steve Bartkowski sat where Joe Burrow does today. The Falcons traded with the Colts a few days before the draft and selected the Cal quarterback with the No. 1 overall choice. The Falcons were bad before Bartkowski got there. They were bad for three years after he arrived and won only one playoff [more]

Arthur Blank: I love Devonta Freeman, but we have to build a roster

There’s been chatter about the Falcons releasing running back Devonta Freeman this offseason in order to create more cap space and it’s not something that team owner Arthur Blank is ruling out. Dropping Freeman would leave $6 million of dead money on the cap while freeing up $3.5 million for the team to work with [more]

Falcons could move on from Devonta Freeman

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media isn’t the first to suggest the Falcons could move on from Devonta Freeman, but he is the latest. It makes sense that the Falcons either would request a pay cut of Freeman or release him. The Falcons are projected to be only $5.3 million under the salary cap for 2020, [more]

Falcons sign P Sam Irwin-Hill

The Falcons used four different punters during the 2019 season, but they didn’t have any other punters under contract for 2020 until Friday. The team announced the signing of Sam Irwin-Hill to their 90-man offseason roster. He spent time on their practice squad last season. Irwin-Hill is Australian and played at the University of Arkansas [more]

Arthur Blank says he believes London opponent for Falcons is the Broncos

The Atlanta Falcons have known since November that they will be playing a home game outside of the United States next season. While the NFL won’t announce the schedule for the 2020 season until April, Falcons owner Arthur Blank gave an indication of whom they will be playing in England next season. “The NFL has [more]

Falcons promote Ben Steele to tight ends coach

The Falcons announced Wednesday that Ben Steele will take over as tight ends coach. “Ben has had a positive impact on tight ends he has worked with including our own and this move is well earned,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said in a statement. Steele spent the 2019 season – his first in Atlanta – [more]

First round order of 2020 NFL Draft now set

With the Super Bowl in the books, the NFL is back in offseason mode today, and open for business. And for the teams at the top, that means the big focus will be the 2020 NFL Draft. After last night’s game, the rest of the order of the first round was filled in. There are [more]

Falcons announce they will not pursue negotiations with Vic Beasley

The Falcons announced Monday they will not pursue negotiations with Vic Beasley. Beasley is set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins March 18. “As we continue to craft our 2020 roster, we’d like to thank Vic for five years of effort on behalf of our organization,” Falcons General Manager [more]

Who will Chiefs host to start the season?

The 2020 NFL season will begin in Kansas City — unless the NFL has some sort of other game cooked up for the 100th anniversary season (not 100th season) of the league. So who will the Chiefs host? The home schedule includes the usual AFC West suspects (Raiders, Broncos, Chargers), along with the Patriots, Jets, [more]

Arthur Blank: Austin Hooper worthy of deal, remains to be seen if it fits in with us

Falcons tight end Austin Hooper has made it clear that he’d like to get a new deal in Atlanta this offseason, but he said earlier this month that he has yet to receive an offer from the team. At the Super Bowl in Miami this week, Falcons owner Arthur Blank was asked about whether that’s [more]

Ricardo Allen had shoulder surgery

Falcons safety Ricardo Allen bounced back from a torn Achilles to play in all 16 games during the 2019 season, but he wasn’t 100 percent by the time the year came to an end. Jason Butt of TheAthletic.com reports that Allen had shoulder surgery recently. Allen had pain in his shoulder over the final weeks [more]

Arthur Blank looking for “different set of results on the field”

There are business-side realities for the Falcons, who saw a high number of fans defaulting on PSL payments. But owner Arthur Blank hopes that improving the football product helps alleviate some of those concerns. Blank told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that continuing the team’s strong second half (6-2 after a 1-7 start) [more]

Arthur Blank mentions expansion when asked about Toronto

Commissioner Roger Goodell sang the praises of Toronto yesterday, while effectively saying that until they built a new stadium, the NFL wasn’t coming. But one influential owner opened a significant can of worms when asked about the topic, mentioning expansion beyond 32 teams as a possibility. Falcons owner Arthur Blank told John Kryk of the [more]

Hall of Famer Chris Doleman dies at the age of 58

Hall of Fame defensive lineman Chris Doleman died Tuesday night after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was 58. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Doleman’s passing in a press release. “The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Chris Doleman after a prolonged and courageous battle against cancer,” [more]

Deion Sanders: They’re letting too many players into the Hall of Fame

Deion Sanders is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he thinks that club is adding too many members. Sanders said on the Dan Patrick Show that he believes there are too many players being allowed into the Hall of Fame, even if they weren’t truly great players, and it’s watering down the honor. [more]

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