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Arthur Blank sells 10 percent of the Falcons

Falcons owner Arthur Blank has sold a minority stake in his team. Blank sold 10 percent of the team to three investors, two of whom already owned a small stake in the team, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The deal is believed to be worth $300 million, which puts the value [more]

Here’s an overtime compromise that is sure to never be considered

The NFL usually does what it wants, and the Competition Committee doesn’t seem to want any tangible advice from those who aren’t actively employed by a football team to do football things about football. Because football. But that’s never stopped me from offering advice on how to make the game of football better, so why start [more]

Art Rooney II seems to be in favor of proposed OT tweak

Steelers owner Art Rooney II covered a lot of ground on a Friday conference call with reporters. Like many old-guard owners, he seems to be reluctant to embrace change on issues of potential tweaks to the rules. In one very important area, however, Rooney seems to be on board. Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com interpreted Rooney’s [more]

Rich McKay: “No support” on Competition Committee for Sky Judge

The NFL continues to fail or to refuse to see how the combination of bad calls and legal gambling can result in serious problems for the game. With the AAF utilizing the “Sky Judge” concept to ensure that certain bad calls or non-calls are fixed in real time, without the use of replay review, the [more]

Falcons bring back wideout Justin Hardy

The Falcons have done most of the business they’re going to do on outside players, but they’ve brought back one of their own free agents. The Falcons announced that wide receiver Justin Hardy had agreed to terms on a new one-year deal. Their fourth-round pick in 2015, he was an unrestricted free agent. He caught [more]

Ricardo Allen running again after torn Achilles

For NFL players coming off surgeries, the rehab isn’t really official until they put a workout on social media. By that measuring stick, Falcons safety Ricardo Allen is on his way back. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Allen ran outside for the first time since tearing his Achilles last September. Allen’s injury [more]

Falcons G.M.: Excited about “two big dudes coming in”

The Falcons have always had a wealth of skill-position talent. But when General Manager Thomas Dimitroff went to work this offseason, he wanted to build from the inside out. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dimitroff said the signings of guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown were key for a team that struggled [more]

Falcons have had “really good conversations” about Julio Jones contract

The question of when Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will get a new contract has been bandied about for the last year or so and the issue came back onto the radar when Antonio Brown got a new contract after his trade to the Raiders. Brown is now the highest-paid receiver in the league, but [more]

Panthers add pass-rusher Bruce Irvin

The Panthers continue to check items off their needs list, finding a veteran pass-rusher. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Panthers have agreed to a one-year deal with Bruce Irvin. The Panthers were short on anyone to pressure a quarterback after the retirement of Julius Peppers. Other than Mario Addison, they didn’t have a [more]

Falcons re-sign Logan Paulsen

Falcons tight end Logan Paulsen became a free agent this week. And he eventually decided to remain an Atlanta Falcon. The 32-year-old had joined the team on a one-year deal last year. The Falcons have announced that he has signed another one-year deal. Paulsen appeared in 15 games with 10 starts last season, catching nine [more]

Ravens announce Justin Bethel’s two-year deal

The Ravens have finalized a two-year deal with cornerback Justin Bethel, the team announced Friday night. Bethel joins a loaded secondary, but the Ravens expect to use him mostly on special teams. He played 259 snaps on special teams last year for Atlanta and none on defense while being named a Pro Bowl alternate. He [more]

Report: Ravens nearing deal with Justin Bethel

The Ravens are close to improving their secondary yet again. After introducing Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas earlier Friday, the Ravens are nearing completion of a deal with cornerback Justin Bethel, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. Bethel will join Thomas, strong safety Tony Jefferson and cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr and [more]

Bears sign Marvin Hall

The Bears continued to reshape the makeup of their wide receiver corps on Friday. The team announced the signing of former Falcon Marvin Hall. They’ve also signed Cordarrelle Patterson this week while Josh Bellamy and Kevin White have left for other teams. Hall played 185 offensive snaps while appearing in all 16 games for the [more]

Jets sign Brian Poole

After three years with the Falcons, cornerback Brian Poole is heading to the Jets. Poole has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Jets, PFT has confirmed. The Falcons made the surprising decision not to tender Poole when he became a restricted free agent, which turned out to be a great deal for [more]

Falcons sign running back Kenjon Barner

The Falcons added some running back depth, and someone for their punter to bully. The team announced the addition of running back Kenjon Barner on a one-year deal. He gives them a backup option and some return ability, but also someone they can have a little fun with. Barner was with the Patriots and Panthers [more]

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