Atlanta Falcons Wiretap

Patriots Acquire Mohamed Sanu From Falcons For Second-Round Pick

Oct 22, 2019 8:53 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have traded Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick, according to sources.

Sanu, 30, is in his eighth season and has 33 receptions for 313 yards and one touchdown in 2019.

Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett have all been on the injury report in recent weeks.

Sanu is under contract through next season.

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Matt Ryan To Undergo MRI To Determine Extent Of Ankle Injury

Oct 20, 2019 9:37 PM

Matt Ryan will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his right ankle injury.

Ryan was in a walking boot on his right foot after the game in the locker room. 

Ryan endured five sacks, eight quarterback hits and three forced fumbles before Ryan exited the game.

Ryan left the game having completed 16 of 27 passes for 159 yards and one interception.

D. Orlando Ledbetter/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Dan Quinn Has No Plans To Give Up Play-Calling

Oct 10, 2019 9:27 AM

Dan Quinn has no plans to give up defensive play-calling with the Atlanta Falcons.

He took over the responsibility this season in hopes of turning around a defense that was porous last year.

"My job is to fix it," Quinn said. "Moments like this are a reminder of why we coach and play, because we love it so much. But my ego would never be as big as the team. I always do what's best for the team. ... If I felt [giving up the play-calling] was best, trust me, I would have certainly done that. I know what we can do, we can do better. So that's kind of where my mind is.

"I recognize the question, for sure, when you're not achieving the results you have. But trust me on that one: My ego is never as big as the team. I will always do what's best for that. But at this time, I don't think that's where I'm at."

The Falcons currently rank tied for last in the NFL in sacks, 31st in points allowed, 30th in third-down percentage given up, and 23rd in total yards allowed through their 1-4 start to the season.

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Dan Quinn's Job As Head Coach Of Falcons Not In Jeopardy

Oct 6, 2019 8:33 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have begun the 2019 season with a 1-4 start, but Arthur Blank is not considering a coaching change of Dan Quin.

"No,'' Blank told ESPN when asked whether a coaching change is needed. "We've got a lot of football left. This staff has performed before. And my hope is they can fix what needs to be fixed and start winning some games.''

Quinn parted ways with all three coordinators last offseason, took over the defensive playcalling, and hired Dirk Koetter and Ben Kotwica as his offensive and special-teams coordinators, respectively.

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Falcons, Eagles Swap Defensive Players, Draft Picks

Oct 1, 2019 9:24 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have acquired safety Johnathan Cyprien from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for linebacker Duke Riley.

The teams also swapped picks with the Eagles receiving a 2020 sixth-round draft pick and sending out a 2020 seventh-round draft pick to the Falcons.

The Falcons lost their in-the-box safety when Keanu Neal suffered a season-ending left Achilles tear against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Falcons Fear First-Round Pick Chris Lindstrom Has Broken Foot

Sep 9, 2019 9:16 AM

The Atlanta Falcons may have lost first-round pick Chris Lindstrom in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The team fears Lindstrom broke his foot, according to a source. The rookie left the stadium in a walking boot.

Atlanta used the 14th pick on the right guard.

Kevin Patra/NFL

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Julio Jones Signs Fully Guaranteed Three-Year, $66M Extension

Sep 7, 2019 2:47 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have signed Julio Jones to a three-year, $66 million contract extension.

The deal includes $66 million in guaranteed money and $64 million due at signing. Jones had two seasons and nearly $21 million remaining on his contract.

Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Arthur Blank Optimistic Julio Jones Will Get New Deal

Sep 4, 2019 7:39 AM

Arthur Blank continues to express optimism that Julio Jones will get a new contract from the Atlanta Falcons.

The owner isn't concerned about any potential stall in talks keeping Jones off the field for Sunday's season opener at Minnesota.

"I'm optimistic that we'll get something done, so I'm not going to focus on something that I consider a remote possibility,'' Blank said of Jones missing time.

Jones, 30, still has two years and $21 million left on his contract.

Asked if the primary issue has to do with guaranteed money, Blank responded, "There's no obstacle, per se. When you're talking about a contract for that much money over that period of time for a premier, outstanding player, it's just very complicated. It's not cut and dry. We just need to be thoughtful about it from our standpoint, as he does from his standpoint. He's at a critical time in his career, and we respect that. We're just going through a pretty normal process to get to where we need to be.''

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Falcons Still Want To Sign Julio Jones To Extension Before Week 1

Aug 26, 2019 8:19 PM

The Atlanta Falcons would like to sign Julio Jones to a contract extension before the start of the season.

The market for wide receivers shifted with Michael Thomas signing a five-year, $96.25 million deal.

“I would hope so, but I don’t know that,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. “We’ll have to let things take their course. I know that we are definitely in serious negotiations. It’s our goal and their goal as well to get it done before the start of the season.”

Jones’ deal has two years remaining and is scheduled to make $9.6 million in 2019 and $11.4 million in 2020.

D. Orlando Ledbetter/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Thomas Dimitroff: New Deal For Julio Jones 'Around The Corner'

Aug 9, 2019 8:15 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have repeatedly said they intend to pay Julio Jones, but a new deal remains unsigned.

Thomas Dimitroff joined the broadcast of Thursday night's preseason game against the Miami Dolphins and spoke about the wide receiver.

"He's in a great spot, we're in a great spot," Dimitroff said. "We continue to have our negotiations. I'm confident, I don't have an exact timeline, but I'm not concerned about it, he's not concerned about it ... It's just a matter of where it's all going to land. As you know, you get a little creative and see how it is. I think it's around the corner."

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Julio Jones: 'Might Mess Around And Go' For 3,000 Yards
Calvin Johnson owns the single-season receiving record with 1,964 yards in 2012.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Falcons, DE Allen Bailey Agree Upon Two-Year, $10.5M Deal
Allen Bailey's contract will pay him $6 million this season, including $3.5 million guaranteed.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Julio Jones Reports To Training Camp
Despite not having a long-term contract extension, Julio Jones reported to training camp with the Falcons.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Network

Falcons, Deion Jones Agree Upon Four-Year, $57M Extension
The Falcons and Deion Jones have reached an agreement on a four-year, $57 million extension that runs through the 2023 season.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Falcons Looking For Austin Hooper To Go To 'Another Level'
Austin Hooper is coming off a Pro Bowl season, but the Falcons are hoping for even more from the tight end.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Grady Jarrett, Falcons Agree To Four-Year, $68M Extension
Grady Jarrett initially received the $15.209 million franchise tag from the Falcons.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Julio Jones Won't Hold Out For New Deal
Julio Jones trusts Falcons owner Arthur Blank and says he won't sit out as he awaits a new contract.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Falcons Confident Of Signing Julio Jones To Extension Before Camp
Julio Jones has two seasons remaining on his current contract with the Falcons.

Dianna Russini/ESPN

Patriots, Saints, Falcons, Bengals, Colts Interested In Gerald McCoy
Gerald McCoy and the Buccaneers parted ways this week.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Scott Pioli Resigns As Falcons' Assistant GM
Scott Pioli did not specify which opportunities he plans to pursue.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results
Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams kicked off the first round, but the Raiders started a trend of unpredictability by taking Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick.

RealGM Staff Report

2019 NFL Mock Draft, Final Version
After months of film work and sourcing, Jeff Risdon's final mock draft for the 2019 NFL Draft is here.

Jeff Risdon/RealGM

Grady Jarrett Signs $15.2M Franchise Tag With Falcons
The Falcons placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jarrett in March, just a few days before the 2015 fifth-round pick would have hit free agency.

Adam Maya/NFL

Falcons, Julio Jones Continues To Discuss Long-Term Deal
The Raiders have reset the market for wide receivers with their new deal for Antonio Brown.

D. Orlando Ledbetter/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

49ers Sign Tevin Coleman To Two-Year, $10M Deal
Coleman had 167 carries for 800 yards last season and also was widely featured as a receiver out of the backfield.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jets Confident Of Signing Either Le'Veon Bell Or Tevin Coleman
The Jets are considered "undeniably the favorite" to sign Le'Veon Bell in free agency, according to one high profile agent.

Connor Hughes/The Athletic

Falcons Plan On Keeping Vic Beasley Jr. In 2019
Vic Beasley has one year left on his contract after the Falcons exercised his fifth-year option.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition
The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

Jeff Risdon/RealGM

Cardinals Sign Robert Alford To Three-Year Deal
Robert Alford was released by the Falcons on Tuesday after six seasons.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Falcons Parting Ways With Matt Bryant
The Falcons are not exercising Matt Bryant's option for next season, making the 43-year-old kicker a free agent on March 13.

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