ATLANTA (AP) — After back-to-back losing seasons, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn know they're under pressure in 2020.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons added help for their offensive and defensive lines on the second day of the NFL draft.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn hope the...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons moved to bolster their secondary by taking Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell with the No. 16 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, looking past his struggles in...
ATLANTA (AP) — “Trader Tom” is facing a new challenge as the coronavirus pandemic pushes the NFL draft away from war rooms and into a new virtual world.
16. ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9)
LAST SEASON: Atlanta won its last four games, saving jobs of coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Still, another sub-.500 finish was disappointing...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have cut ties with outside linebacker Vic Beasley, who led the NFL in sacks in the team's run to the Super Bowl but didn't come close to matching...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Dan Quinn can't wait for the chance to prove he has learned from mistakes made in 2019.
Support from a patient Atlanta Falcons owner, Arthur Blank, and Quinn's...
ATLANTA (AP) — Wrapping up another disappointing season but buoyed by a strong finish, the Atlanta Falcons announced Friday they are keeping coach Dan Quinn in 2020.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The winner will finish second in the NFC South.
That’s enough to keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-8) and Atlanta Falcons (6-9) motivated for the final game of a season in...
ATLANTA (AP) — A meaningless December awaits the Atlanta Falcons for the second straight year, and it’s uncertain how much longer Dan Quinn will coach the team.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons never thought they'd be 1-7 at the halfway point of the season.
But here they are at the bye, tied for the NFC's worst record and looking even worse than...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — For the second straight year, a five-game losing streak has devastated the Atlanta Falcons' playoff hopes.
This time, the Falcons can't blame injuries. Instead,...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are bringing in Matt Bryant for a tryout Friday, turning to their kicker of the last 10 years to address a big concern during the...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett on a four-year extension before the NFL deadline for franchise-tagged players.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Scott Pioli stepped down Thursday after more than five years as assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, the latest front-office change for a team coming off a...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — No introductions were necessary for Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary on the opening day of the Falcons' rookie minicamp.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have shaken up their front office, promoting longtime scout Shepley Heard to director of pro personnel.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff received a text from Matt Ryan during the NFL draft.
The Falcons' quarterback obviously approved of the team's...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered a thin position by moving up in the fourth round to select cornerback Kendall Sheffield from Ohio State in the NFL draft.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — It wasn't easy for Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff to watch the NFL draft's second and third rounds without having any picks.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons signed Ra'Shede Hageman to a one-year deal on Friday, giving a second chance to the defensive tackle the team released in 2017 after he was charged...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons spent the past couple of drafts filling in the pieces on a team with championship aspirations.
14. ATLANTA (7-9)
LAST SEASON: Devastating rash of injuries that gutted middle of defense and also took down both starting guards and running back Devonta Freeman was too much to overcome....
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have started their offseason conditioning program without wide receiver Julio Jones for the second straight year.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year deal with wide receiver Justin Hardy.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons lack the financial flexibility to be big spenders in free agency even after clearing salary cap room by restructuring quarterback Matt Ryan's contract.
ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: G Andy Levitre; G Ben Garland; G Zane Beadles; RB Tevin Coleman; DE Derrick Shelby; DE Bruce Irvin; DT Terrell McClain; CB Justin Bethel; CB...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons placed a franchise tag on Grady Jarrett on Monday while saying they still hope to negotiate a long-term contract with the defensive tackle.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have released defensive end Brooks Reed, trimming a third veteran from the roster in three days.
Thursday's release of Reed, who started eight of 16 games this season, followed the cuts of cornerback Robert Alford and kicker Matt Bryant. Alford signed with Arizona on Thursday.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have released cornerback Robert Alford, a second-round pick in 2013 who had 10 career interceptions but none this season.
The move, announced by the team on Tuesday night, could clear the way for Isaiah Oliver, a 2018 second-round pick, to start. As a rookie, Oliver cut into Alford's playing time.
Alford signed a four-year, $38 million contract extension after the 2016 season. His release will clear $7.9 million in cap space for the 2019 season.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Widespread changes came quickly following the Atlanta Falcons' first losing season since 2014.
Changes were expected, and out are offensive coordinator Steve Sarkasian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong — all fired on Monday.
Coach Dan Quinn announced the firings and said he will take over the defense.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn isn't expecting moves before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.
More than that, Quinn says he sees no need for the resurgent Falcons to seek help from a trade.
The Falcons (3-4) return from their bye week looking to continue momentum from two straight wins as they prepare to play at Washington (5-2) on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will look at their current roster to replace Keanu Neal, the safety who will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee Thursday night in an 18-12 opening loss at Philadelphia .
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a three-year contract extension with safety Ricardo Allen, who could have become an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
Allen has a combined six interceptions the last three seasons. He had 54 tackles and one interception last season.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Julio Jones insists his status for training camp was never in doubt.
Jones, the five-time Pro Bowl receiver, was back for the start of Falcons training camp Friday after missing a mandatory minicamp in June while asking that his contract be reworked.
Jones dismissed reports he wouldn't report without a new deal as "he said, she said" speculation.
"We knew all along we were going to get it handled," he said.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract extension with left tackle Jake Matthews on Friday.
The 26-year-old Matthews was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 draft. He has started in each of his 63 games while serving the key role of protecting quarterback Matt Ryan.
"I love playing here and love the city and I'm blessed and humbled," Matthews said.
ATLANTA (AP) — Julio Jones will report to training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, the team said late Wednesday after reaching an agreement to renegotiate the star receiver's contract next year.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff announced the compromise about 16 hours ahead of Thursday's 4 p.m. reporting deadline, removing a major distraction hanging over a team that is again expected to be one of the top contenders in the NFC.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn, who have led the team to the playoffs the last two seasons, have signed three-year contract extensions.
The deals were announced Wednesday, a day before players report for training camp. Financial terms were not disclosed for the contracts, which will run through the 2022 season.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will open their mandatory minicamp without Julio Jones, one of their most important playmakers.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team was informed Monday that Jones will not be present when the three-day minicamp opens on Tuesday.
Jones, under contract through 2020, apparently is seeking a new deal as he has fallen behind other top NFL receivers in average earnings.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — 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 selection used on LSU receiver Russell Gage.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff turned their focus to defense in the second and third rounds of the NFL draft Friday night, adding depth with cornerback Isaiah Oliver and bringing aboard a potential starter in 300-pound tackle Deadrin Senat.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are used to focusing on one or two positions in the NFL draft.
Not this year.
After a Super Bowl appearance two years ago and another trip to the playoffs last season, the Falcons are fairly content with their roster.
Oh, sure, they've got needs like every other team.
But nothing that looks too pressing.
"This draft is different than most drafts I've been involved with," said Thomas Dimitroff, entering his second decade as the Falcons' general manager.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have entered the free-agency period facing financial constraints made more difficult by the league's soaring market for quarterbacks.
The Falcons addressed a need on Wednesday's first day of free agency by signing offensive guard Brandon Fusco, who started 16 games for San Francisco last season, to a three-year deal.
Fusco, who began his career with the Vikings, could immediately start at right guard.
ATLANTA FALCONS (11-7)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Adrian Clayborn; FB Derrick Coleman; WRs Taylor Gabriel, Andre Roberts and Nick Williams; LBs Jordan Tripp, Sean Weatherspoon and Kemal Ishmael; DTs Dontari Poe, Courtney Upshaw and Ahtyba Rubin; CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: FS Ricardo Allen; RBs Terron Ward and Terrence Magee; G Ben Garland.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have waived cornerback Jalen Collins after his second suspension ended for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Collins did not play this season. He was suspended without pay for 10 games in August after a second positive test. He served a four-game suspension for violating the same policy last year.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are suddenly happy with the early timing of their bye week after starting wide receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu were hurt in Sunday's loss to the Bills.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said that Jones (hip flexor), Sanu (strained hamstring) and defensive lineman Jack Crawford (biceps) would undergo MRIs on Monday.
Quinn did not put a timetable on the return of the injured players, other than to say of his wide receivers:
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Monday Jalen Collins' second suspension for a violation of the league's policy on performance enhancers has caused a "broken" trust that could cost the cornerback his spot on the team.
Quinn added that no decision on Collins' future with the team is "imminent." Collins participated in Monday's practice after his 10-game suspension to open the season was announced on Sunday.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons coach Dan Quinn says Jalen Collins' second suspension for a violation of the league's policy on performance enhancers has caused a "broken" trust that could cost the cornerback his spot on the team.
Collins participated in Monday's practice after his 10-game suspension to open the season was announced on Sunday. It is the second straight year he has been suspended for the start of the season, following a four-game penalty in 2016.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Thomas Dimitroff seemed surprised by the suggestion he might not try to make a bold move up from the Falcons' No. 31 spot in Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft.
Dimitroff's pattern is clear. "Trader Tom" is always looking to deal. A Super Bowl appearance isn't likely to change that.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a $69 million, five-year contract extension with cornerback Desmond Trufant, locking up another key member for the team that won the NFC championship.
The deal was Atlanta's top priority of the offseason and includes $42 million in guaranteed money.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff says the 2013 first-round pick "has improved each year and we believe his best ball is still in front of him."