Atlanta Falcons Wiretap

Calvin Ridley Underwent Minor Foot Surgery

Jun 9, 2021 4:59 PM

Calvin Ridley had minor foot surgery, which explains why he did not participate in this week's minicamp.

"The entire objective here is to get these guys to make sure they are in the best shape heading into training camp," Arthur Smith said. "And ready to roll ultimately, obviously, for the regular season [for] somebody in a guy like Calvin's spot."

Ridley had 90 catches for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The Falcons picked up his fifth-year option last month.

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Falcons Trade Julio Jones To Titans For Draft Picks

Jun 6, 2021 2:54 PM

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to trade star wide receiver Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

In exchange for Jones, the Titans will send a 2022 second-round draft pick and a 2023 fourth-round selection to the Falcons. Along with Jones, the Falcons will send a 2023 sixth-round pick to the Titans.

The deal is pending a physical, the Titans said.

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Seahawks Are New Betting Favorites To Land Julio Jones

Jun 2, 2021 9:18 AM

The Seattle Seahawks have emerged as the new betting favorite to land Julio Jones in a trade.

PointsBet has Seattle as a +225 proposition to make the deal, followed by the Titans at +250, Eagles at +275, and the Ravens and 49ers at +300.

The Patriots, the prior favorites at +150, have plunged to +450.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Seahawks, Falcons Discuss Julio Jones Trade

May 31, 2021 2:01 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have had discussions with the Atlanta Falcons on a trade for Julio Jones.

Jones and Russell Wilson have been in touch with each other to discuss the possibility of playing for the same tema.

The Seahawks already have a talented group of wide receivers led by DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. 

The Falcons have already received an offer of a future first round pick for Jones. 

The Seahawks do not have a first-round pick in 2022 after sending it to the New York Jets last year to acquire safety Jamal Adams.

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Falcons Have Been Offered First-Round Pick For Julio Jones

May 27, 2021 4:46 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have discussed Julio Jones in trades and one team's offer for the wide receiver included a future first-round pick, according to a report.

The Falcons have been asking for as much in return for Jones, according to sources.

Atlanta has had discussions with the Tennessee Titans, but a source categorized a trade as a "long shot."

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Julio Jones Interview Becomes 'Massive Stink Bomb' For Fox

May 26, 2021 11:36 AM

An interview between Shannon Sharpe and Julio Jones has ignited a "massive stink bomb" between Fox Sports and the NFL.

Jones declared he would like a trade from the Atlanta Falcons in the interview, which blindsided the team. It is unclear whether Jones knew he was live on-air. 

Sources said Jones’ reps at Creative Artists Agency have reached out to Fox about the situation. 

“It’s become a huge deal,” said one source.

Jones signed a three-year, $66 million extension with the Falcons before the 2019 season.

“The Falcons are not going to be happy with this — and they will express their angst to the NFL,” Andrew Brandt said. “Payback’s too strong a word. But they will hope for some kind of stroke down the road.”

The NFL reportedly pressured ESPN over their involvement with a PBS "Frontline" special on concussions days before the network dropped out of the project. 

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Julio Jones Says He Expects To Be Traded, 'Right Now I Wanna Win'

May 24, 2021 2:03 PM

Julio Jones went on record to say he expects to be traded by the Atlanta Falcons.

"I'm outta there," Jones said when reached by telephone by Shannon Sharpe on the network's "Undisputed" show. 

"Right now I wanna win," Jones said.

The Falcons would prefer to trade him outside the NFC, but would do so for the right price.

Atlanta has asked teams that have inquired about Jones for a first-round draft pick in return.

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Patriots Have Had Internal Discussions After Julio Jones Trade

May 24, 2021 9:53 AM

The New England Patriots have held internal discussions about trading with the Atlanta Falcons for Julio Jones, according to a report.

Negotiations could intensify for several teams as June 2 approaches. That's when the Falcons can save more than $15 million against the cap by releasing or trading Jones.

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Derrick Henry Wants Titans To Trade For Julio Jones

May 21, 2021 9:24 AM

Derrick Henry wants to see the Tennessee Titans swing a trade for Julio Jones.

The running back responded to a tweet that listed the Titans as a potential destinations for Jones.

“TITAN TF UP” Henry wrote in his quote tweet.

A trade would be difficult for the Titans to pull off. Jones has a fully guaranteed salary of $15.3 million in 2021 and Tennessee is near the bottom of the NFL in available cap space.

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Matt Ryan Has 'A Lot Of Good Football' Left

May 19, 2021 7:41 AM

Matt Ryan is entering his 14th season, but doesn't feel as though his career is nearing an end.

Ryan wasn't sure if the Atlanta Falcons were going to use the No. 4 pick on his potential replacement last month. They used the selection on tight end Kyle Pitts, adding a weapon to the team's offense.

"In one respect you understand that if you play well for long enough, these are the conversations that are going to come up," Ryan said. "I understand that I'm not going to play forever, but I also have the mindset that I'm still playing really well and have a lot of good football in front of me."

"The most important thing for me is that it comes from the belief in the building, the people who are actually making decisions. The people who are with you day-to-day. That's where I try to keep it."

Ryan, 36, said it has been harder to block out conversations about his future as he has gotten older.

"You realize how hard it is at this age," the quarterback said. "You appreciate the success probably more now. I've never really been motivated -- you want to win, but I really hated losing more than I loved winning. It would eat at you more, and I think that only intensifies the older you get because you realize your opportunities are limited."

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Lions Called Falcons With Offer For No. 4 Pick

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Falcons Not Picking Up Hayden Hurst's Fifth-Year Option

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Lions Explored Trading Up To No. 4 To Take Ja'Marr Chase

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Ravens Have Asked Falcons About Julio Jones

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Falcons Don't Deny Taking Offers For Julio Jones

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Falcons Receiving Trade Calls On Julio Jones

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Cordarrelle Patterson Expected To Sign With Falcons

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Falcons Open To Trading Fourth Overall Pick

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Falcons Set To Play Game In London This Season

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Falcons Release Ricardo Allen, Allen Bailey

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Terry Fontenot Hired As Falcons GM

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Falcons Hire Arthur Smith As Head Coach

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Falcons Offer Head Coaching Job To Arthur Smith

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Chargers, Falcons, Texans Receive Permission To Interview Joe Brady

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Kyle Shanahan 'Pretty Sure' Robert Saleh Will Interview With Falcons

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Bengals Claim Takk McKinley Off Waivers

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Falcons Waive Takk McKinley

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Matt Ryan: Win Could Be 'Confidence Builder'

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Falcons Have Engaged In Trade Talks On Takk McKinley

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Julio Jones Doesn't Want Falcons To Trade Him

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