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Which General Managers are on the hot seat, post-Maccagnan?

One of the biggest stories of the week came on Wednesday, when the Jets fired G.M. Mike Maccagnan. That move sparked Friday’s PFT Live draft, which looked at the General Managers who are on the hottest seats as the 2019 season approaches. The stakes are high. Although Dave Gettleman and John Dorsey landed new G.M. jobs [more]

Scott Pioli on leaving Falcons: “It’s just time”

The news of Scott Pioli’s sudden departure from the Falcons was abrupt, and in the absence of more information, speculation filled the vacuum. But the former assistant General Manager told Jeff Schultz of TheAthletic.com that there was nothing sinister about his leaving, or any imminent next step. “I’m fine. My family is fine,” Pioli said. [more]

Falcons sign first-rounder Chris Lindstrom

The Falcons have wrapped up their draft class contracts. The team announced that first-round guard Chris Lindstrom has signed his rookie deal, the seventh of their seven picks to handle the paperwork. The guard from Boston College was the 14th overall pick, and part of a concerted effort to shore up the offensive line this [more]

Scott Pioli steps down as assistant G.M. of Falcons

The Falcons will be making a change in their front office this season. Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli is stepping down from the position. In a statement released via the team, Pioli said that he expected to be working with General Manager Thomas Dimitroff for two or three years and is looking for “other potential [more]

Ricardo Allen: Falcons know what we can do at full strength

The Falcons dealt with injuries to several key players on their way to a 7-9 record in 2019 and one of those players believes that a return to health will mean a return to a winning record in Atlanta. Safety Ricardo Allen went down with a torn Achilles in the third week of the season, [more]

Jamon Brown helps pay for funeral of 1-month-old killed in Louisville

Falcons guard Jamon Brown used funds from his foundation to aid a family dealing with a tragedy. One-month-old De’Anthony Trice died in Louisville last week. His father told police that he used his fist to hit his son in the head after losing a video game and the baby died after being taken to a [more]

Arthur Blank keeps talking, as a restful man does

Falcons owner Arthur Blank may or may not be restless. But he’s definitely defensive. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons owner released an expanded statement, to defend his coach and General Manager and all the fine work they’ve done. “I’m feeling very good about what Thomas [Dimitroff] and Dan [Quinn] have [more]

Arthur Blank denies getting restless by admitting being restless

The offseason power rankings promulgated by Peter King in his latest Football Morning in America column included this observation about seventeenth-seeded Atlanta: “I keep hearing owner Arthur Blank is getting restless.” That comment apparently made Blank restless. Restless enough to correct the record via a quote to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Here’s the tweet from [more]

Andy Levitre announces retirement

Longtime NFL guard Andy Levitre was released by the Falcons this offseason, and won’t be trying to latch on elsewhere. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 32-year-old Levitre announced his retirement on social media. “Unfortunately, due to injury my body won’t allow me to continue any longer,” he wrote. He’s been bothered [more]

Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen expected back for training camp

Running back Devonta Freeman has made good progress in his recovery from knee and groin injuries, so he’s been participating in the team’s offseason program with eyes on being full speed for training camp. That puts him a bit ahead of a couple of his teammates, although safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal are also [more]

Devonta Freeman looking like himself again

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is participating in the team’s offseason program and a full-go for training camp, coach Dan Quinn said Saturday. “We can’t wait to get Free back,” Quinn said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He’s having such an awesome offseason. His energy, his juice, like him being around the [more]

Falcons G.M. “very encouraged” by Julio Jones talks

It seems like the Falcons talks with Julio Jones about a contract extension are perpetual, but there is something new this time. According to Jeff Schultz of TheAthletic.com, Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said that Jones was planning to be on hand for the team’s minicamp in June, which he skipped last year. There’s even [more]

Falcons sign Tony Brooks-James, waive Jeremy Langford

The Falcons signed undrafted free agent Tony Brooks-James after a tryout during the team’s rookie minicamp. The team announced the addition of the Oregon running back, opening a roster spot by waiving running back Jeremy Langford with an injury designation. Brooks-James had 283 carries for 1,863 yards and 18 touchdowns in his four-year career. He [more]

Falcons sign Kaleb McGary, Kendall Sheffield

The Falcons have signed one of the two offensive linemen they selected in the first round of this year’s draft. The team announced on Thursday that they have signed tackle Kaleb McGary to his first NFL contract. They also signed fourth-round cornerback Kendall Sheffield. Atlanta traded their second- and third-round picks to the Rams to [more]

Falcons rookie Qadree Ollison expresses forgiveness to his brother’s killer

The Falcons chose former Pitt running back Qadree Ollison in the fifth round of the draft, and Ollison’s entry into the NFL has placed renewed attention on his personal story. In 2017, on a Saturday when Ollison was playing in a game at Pitt, his brother Lerowne Harris was shot and killed. The killer turned [more]

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