OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have signed linebacker Steven Means.
The Ravens announced the move Friday. Means started 29 games for the Atlanta Falcons across the 2018, 2020 and 2021 seasons.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons signed defensive lineman Jalen Dalton and offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison to one-year contracts on Thursday.
Harrison (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) and Dalton (6-6, 300) were signed after tryouts during the team's mandatory minicamp this week.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Amanda Ruller’s list of accomplishments is a long one, and potentially humbling for anyone talking with her.
Collegiate-level track star. Bobsledder. Enthusiastic skeleton competitor.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Desmond Ridder has impressed himself — and coach Arthur Smith — with his ability to quickly absorb the Atlanta Falcons' playbook.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons had a 100% turnout — but not full participation — on Tuesday's opening day of their mandatory minicamp.
Coach Arthur Smith said he allowed running back and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to continue his personal offseason workout program instead of joining his teammates on the practice fields.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Ryan followed his regular routine this offseason.
He helped fine-tune the playbook, broke down last season's game tapes and met with coaches and teammates. Only this time, he was working with a new team — the Indianapolis Colts.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Feleipe Franks took full advantage of his 6-foot-6 frame to reach high for a touchdown pass from rookie Desmond Ridder on Thursday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Pitts says the Atlanta Falcons' new FieldTurf playing surface at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has become a safety concern when used for soccer, is different but good.
“Yeah, I like it,” Pitts, the second-year tight end, said Friday after organized team activities practice in front of fans.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed wide receiver Cameron Batson, who comes to the team with connections to coach Arthur Smith and quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Batson, 26, had 22 catches for 197 yards with two touchdowns in three seasons with Tennessee, including two with Smith as tight ends coach and offensive coordinator.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are bringing back their red helmets for their throwback uniforms this season.
The Falcons announced on Wednesday night the team will bring back the red helmets with black jerseys for the first time since 2012.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Marcus Mariota is saying all the right things about mentoring Atlanta Falcons rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder.
Mariota would prefer to perform that mentoring role as the Falcons starter.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons signed inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski to a one-year contract Monday, and also added receiver Geronimo Allison to the roster.
Kwiatkoski has played in 77 career games with 34 starts in six seasons with the Chicago Bears and Las Vegas Raiders.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Desmond Ridder's drive to be first begins with an early start at his Atlanta Falcons rookie minicamp apartment.
The quarterback's roommates — wide receiver Drake London, running back Tyler Allgeier and tight end John FitzPatrick — can't help but notice.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their thin ranks at receiver by acquiring Bryan Edwards from the Las Vegas Raiders on Friday.
The Falcons are sending a fifth-round pick in 2023 to Las Vegas, while also acquiring a seventh-rounder next year from the Raiders.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Drake London celebrated good health and a new contract on the first day of the Atlanta Falcons' rookie minicamp.
London, the wide receiver who was the Falcons' first-round pick in last month's NFL draft from Southern California, missed the end of the 2021 season with a fractured right ankle.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens signed running back Mike Davis to a one-year deal.
The Ravens announced the move Tuesday. Davis rushed for 503 yards and three touchdowns last season for the Atlanta Falcons.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free-agent safety Damontae Kazee to a one-year contract.
The financial terms of the agreement, announced Tuesday, were not disclosed.
Kazee spent the 2021 season in Dallas, making 52 tackles and finishing with two interceptions in 17 games, with 15 starts.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have picked up right guard Chris Lindstrom's $13.2 million fifth-year option while declining the option on right tackle Kaleb McGary.
The Falcons on Tuesday also announced a $51 million, three-year contract extension with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
ATLANTA (AP) — After a disappointing season with his hometown team, running back Mike Davis was released Monday by the Atlanta Falcons.
The move was not surprising for a team dealing with salary cap woes, especially after the 29-year-old Davis rushed for just 503 yards and three touchdowns last season.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Ryan thought he'd experienced virtually every conceivable situation during his first 14 NFL seasons.
He was voted the league's MVP. He nearly won a championship. He overcame coaching changes, COVID-19 protocols and rebuilds.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — On a draft night the Atlanta Falcons focused on their defense, adding two edge rushers, the new name in the quarterback room stole the show.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It took 42 selections Friday before a second quarterback was taken in the NFL draft. And it was a proven commodity in college, Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder.
A full 54 spots after Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh went 20th to the Steelers on Thursday night, Ridder was taken by Atlanta.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Maybe it won't be so easy for defenses to focus all their attention on Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts after all.
The Falcons added help for Pitts in the NFL draft, and with that help came impressive size.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — It seemed so much easier for Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot to plan for the NFL draft only one year ago.
Days before the 2021 NFL draft, his first with the Falcons, Fontenot already knew he’d be taking tight end Kyle Pitts with the No.
8. ATLANTA FALCONS (7-10)
LAST SEASON: The Falcons were outscored 459-313, making seven wins something of an accomplishment under first-year coach Arthur Smith. Highlights included the play of rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, who led the team with 68 catches for 1,026 yards, and versatile Cordarrelle Patterson, who scored a combined 11 touchdowns while leading the team in rushing and finishing third in receptions.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers linebacker De’Vondre Campbell considered his new contract a dream come true, but it apparently wasn’t cause for celebration.
He’s too busy trying to prove his best days are still ahead of him.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The budget-conscious Atlanta Falcons signed former first-round picks Rashaan Evans and offensive lineman Germain Ifedi to one-year contracts on Wednesday.
Evans bolsters the Falcons at linebacker after spending the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Safety Dean Marlowe, who set a career high with 67 tackles while starting nine games for Detroit in 2021, has signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It took a few years, and for many fans that probably was too long.
Still, the NFL has heard the cries of “unfair” and has adjusted its overtimes rules.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Tuesday the team had only preliminary interest in dealing for Deshaun Watson before the quarterback accepted a trade to Cleveland.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — No NFL head coach is more enthusiastic and upbeat than Pete Carroll. So it shouldn't be at all surprising that his response to the NFL's moves to enhance opportunities for minority coaches was, well, especially enthusiastic and upbeat.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For a few weeks, the Indianapolis Colts had a huge void at quarterback. Then the Deshaun Watson carousel began spinning, and soon enough, Matt Ryan was available.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There's virtually no chance NFL owners will be competing during their meetings this week with the stream of big news made by trades and in free agency thus far this year.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A jury on Friday convicted a man of killing a college football player in Kansas and wounding another player who recovered and now plays for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Mariota has already addressed the most immediate issue with his new team.
He'll wear No. 1 for the Atlanta Falcons, not his usual No. 8.
Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Pitts already had Mariota's preferred number.
ATLANTA (AP) — For the first time since 2008, the Atlanta Falcons will be breaking in a new quarterback.
That's hardly their only concern after trading Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts.
Matt Ryan was ready for a change and Indianapolis seemed like the perfect place to make a title run.
The 14-year NFL veteran and 2016 league MVP left Atlanta and arrived at his new team complex Tuesday, hoping to become the third straight veteran quarterback to win a Super Bowl in his first season with a new team.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Former Georgia football star Lorenzo Carter is returning home to play for the Atlanta Falcons.
Looking to bolster its pass rush, the Falcons announced Tuesday they have signed the outside linebacker to a one-year contract.
ATLANTA (AP) — It was a 1-2 punch to the gut for Atlanta's sports fans.
In the space of an extraordinary week, two of the city's most beloved sports figures — Freddie Freeman and Matt Ryan — were gone.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts may have found another short-term answer at quarterback by trading for Matt Ryan.
How much longer the soon-to-be 37-year-old, four-time Pro Bowler sticks around isn’t clear.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons addressed one of their biggest offseason priorities by agreeing to terms on a new contract Saturday with all-purpose standout Cordarrelle Patterson.
The 31-year-old Patterson confirmed the deal on his Twitter account, saying money was not his primary concern.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their secondary by signing former Raiders cornerback Casey Hayward to a two-year, $11 million contract and re-signing Isaiah Oliver to a one-year deal announced by the team on Friday.
Keeping pace in the AFC West is turning into quite the arms race, and now it's the Las Vegas Raiders' turn to try and one-up the rest of the division.
The Raiders made a blockbuster move Thursday by acquiring All-Pro receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers to highlight the second day of NFL free agency.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — All-Pro linebacker De’Vondre Campbell is staying with the Green Bay Packers.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst announced Thursday they had re-signed Campbell, who arrived in Green Bay last year and produced a breakthrough season.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent offensive tackle Elijah Wilkinson and cornerback Teez Tabor on Thursday.
The Falcons also re-signed two restricted free agents, offensive lineman Colby Gossett and defensive lineman Anthony Rush.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Deshaun Watson hasn't made up his mind, forcing the Browns to play a waiting game they might lose.
One day after making its recruiting pitch to Watson, Cleveland still hadn't heard from the controversial Houston quarterback, who is considering at least three other teams before agreeing to a trade.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Left tackle Jake Matthews, a durable mainstay on the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line for eight seasons, signed a three-year, $55 million extension on Wednesday that will carry through the 2026 season.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's impressive class of NFL draft candidates commanded an unusually large audience at the school's Pro Day on Wednesday.
After Georgia sent 14 players to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis earlier this month, the most of any school, the talent was again on display on campus.