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Mercedes-Benz Stadium To Have Chick-Fil-A Stand Closed On Sundays

Aug 16, 2017 12:58 PM

Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a Chick-fil-A but it won't be open on Sundays when the Atlanta Falcons typically play.

Seven of the Falcons’ eight regular season home games are on Sunday this season, the exception being a tilt against the Saints on Dec. 7, a Thursday night.

Chick-fil-A has been closed on Sundays since 1946 on orders from founder Truett Cathy.

Atlanta restaurateur and former ‘‘Top Chef’’ contestant Kevin Gillespie will be selling his COS (closed on Sunday) chicken sandwich from a stand on the 200 concourse.

‘‘The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is based here in Atlanta,’’ Gillespie wrote on his website along with a COS recipe. ‘‘They’re closed on Sunday for religious reasons. I respect that. But why is it that I crave a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich almost exclusively on Sundays? It’s like clockwork. I wake up on Sunday morning and think, ‘You know what would be really good right now? A Chick-fil-A sandwich.’ Like most food companies, they guard their secret recipe. But it’s a breaded fried chicken breast on a bun with pickles. I figured I could come up with something pretty close.’’

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Devonta Freeman In NFL's Concussion Protocl

Aug 14, 2017 10:07 PM

Devonta Freeman is in the NFL's concussion protocol after displaying symptoms on Sunday.

"After taking him inside yesterday where we thought he had heat related (issues), he reported that he had some concussion symptoms," Dan Quinn said, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "So, we put him in the protocol for that. He'll be out this week. He may start practicing as we, but we are going to rule him out now."

Freeman could miss the remainder of the preseason.

The Atlanta Falcons recently signed Freeman to a five-year, $41.25 million extension.

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Six RBs Have Had Higher APY Contracts Than Devonta Freeman

Aug 10, 2017 7:48 PM

While Devonta Freeman has the NFL's richest average per year contract for a running back, there are six other players who have had a better number than him during their career.

Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, DeAngelo Williams, Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch each had a higher average per year amount.

The signing, while lucrative, perhaps shows that the market for running back salaries is depressed in today's NFL.

Freeman signed a five-year, $41.25 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons this week.

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Devonta Freeman Agrees To $41.25M Extension With Falcons

Aug 9, 2017 9:50 AM

Devonta Freeman has agreed upon a five-year extension with the Atlanta Falcons worth $41.25 million and includes a $15 million signing bonus.

In terms of average per year, Freeman's $8.25 average would exceed any current running back with multi-year deals. Buffalo's LeSean McCoy would now be second at $8.010 million, followed by Tampa Bay's Doug Martin at $7.15 million. Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell with make $12.12 million this year under the one-year franchise tag.

"We are very pleased that we were able to get this extension done," Thomas Dimitroff said. "Devonta embodies everything we are looking for in a Falcon, and we are proud that he'll be able to spend his career here in Atlanta."

Freeman has amassed 3,175 yards from scrimmage and 27 touchdowns over the last two seasons.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jalen Collins Suspended 10 Games By NFL For PED Violation

Aug 6, 2017 6:10 PM

Jalen Collins will be suspended 10 games for a violation of the NFL's rules on performance enhancers. 

Collins, a second-round pick in 2015, has said he failed drug tests at LSU.

Collins started six games last season and had two interceptions. He moved into the lineup after star cornerback Desmond Trufant was placed on IR with a torn pectoral muscle.

"We are extremely disappointed that for the second straight season we are dealing with a suspension for Jalen," Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement released by the team. "Such are the consequences when certain choices are made. Our decisions going forward will be based on what Dan and I feel is best for the team."

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Suspension

Matt Ryan Not Worried About Details Of Next Contract

Jul 19, 2017 12:18 AM

Matt Ryan is not consumed with thinking about his next contract following Derek Carr's five-year, $125 million deal. Matthew Stafford, who is good friends with Ryan, could become the NFL's next highest paid player.

"That's just kind of the nature of the business," said Ryan. "Those guys have all played really well. Derek signed a new contract this offseason, and he's played great. Matthew Stafford's is coming up, and he deserves it. He's played really, really well and competed so hard throughout his career.

"That's just the business side of it. I'm never worried too much about that. I've always tried to let the business people handle the business and for me, just try and take care of what I can control, and that's playing good and preparing the right way. And I've always felt like if you do that, the business side of it will take care of itself. But certainly, those guys are deserving of what's coming their way."

Ryan still has two seasons and $35 million remaining on his five-year, $103.75 million extension. The deal included $59 million in guaranteed money.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Von Miller Focused On Leading NFL In Sacks

Jul 10, 2017 8:46 AM

Von Miller has his sights set on leading the NFL in sacks.

Last season, Vic Beasley of the Atlanta Falcons held that honor.

Miller tweeted the below NFL Network graphic of the number 13.5, his sack total from 2016, with the caption, "Coming for you fam @VicBeasley3." The Super Bowl 50 MVP later deleted the tweet.

Beasley totaled 15.5 sacks in 2016.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

Arthur Blank Expects New Deal For Devonta Freeman Soon

Jun 27, 2017 7:54 AM

Arthur Blank has expressed confidence that a long-term deal will soon be reached with Devonta Freeman.

During an appearance on Atlanta's 92.9 The Game, Blank praised Freeman for being an integral part of the franchise.

Freeman is going into the final year of his rookie contract and is due to make $1.797 million in 2017.

Thomas Dimitroff has said numerous times he expects something will be worked out with Freeman leading into training camp in late July.

"As far as No. 24 is concerned, I think Freeman -- actually just sent me a text the other day about something -- he is the kind of person you want to have on your team for all the right reasons," Blank said. "He's a great player. He's a great individual. He's cares about the community. He cares about his teammates. He's very responsive to coaching. There's nothing about Devonta that I don't love.

"And I know that Thomas is working hard with him and his agent (Kristin Campbell). I feel very confident that we'll be able to work out something with him for a long-term solution, fairly soon I think. It's just a matter of timing. You can't do all these big deals all at once; not even for financial reasons but they take time. ... The relationship we have with the player is critical. It was with Desmond (Trufant). It will definitely be that way with Devonta. It will be that way in the future with any of our other players as they come up."

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Devonta Freeman Was 'Supposed' To Be Super Bowl MVP

Jun 23, 2017 11:00 AM

Devonta Freeman believes he lost the chance to be named MVP of this past Super Bowl.

"I hate to go there, but I was supposed to be the MVP this year of the Super Bowl, but it's all good, we got another shot," the Atlanta Falcons running back said.

The Falcons held a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots late in February's big game before watching Tom Brady led a historic comeback.

"I don't want to make this no competition thing with me and my quarterback [Matt Ryan, the NFL MVP]. I'm just talking about from based off that game. Let's [say] it like this: If I would have kept getting the ball, if I would have stayed in the game, I don't know why I got out of the game actually.

"But if I would have stayed in the game, I would have got MVP. I'm looking at my stats and I see my numbers didn't lie. Look at my numbers," he said.

Freeman had 75 yards rushing on 11 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run. He also had two catches for 46 yards. But he had just five rushes for 4 yards in the second half and overtime.

Brady was named the MVP of the game.


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Devonta Freeman Expecting Extension With Falcons

Jun 15, 2017 2:44 PM

Devonta Freeman expects to agree to a contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons soon.

Freeman is entering the final year of his contract, which will pay him $1.8 million.

"It's that feeling when you know something special is coming, and you're about to be blessed," he said. "It's just an exciting moment in time for me right now."

The running back had 1,634 yards from scrimmage in 2015 and 1,541 in 2016. Seventeen running backs are scheduled to make more during the 2017 season.

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Falcons To Honor Michael Vick, Roddy White
The Falcons will honor Michael Vick and Roddy White with a retirement news conference and ceremony on Monday.

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Dwight Freeney Talking To Falcons About Returning
The defender is optimistic that things will work out for a 16th season.

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Michael Vick Hasn't Discussed One-Day Retirement Deal With Falcons
Michael Vick has clarified recent statements regarding his retirement, saying he has not spoken with anyone from the Falcons about signing a one-day contract to retire with the team.

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Dirk Koetter Apologizes For '28-3' Shot At Falcons
Dirk Koetter has apologized after the Buccaneers tweeted a '28-3' joke to the Falcons.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

RealGM Staff Report

Taylor Gabriel Signs Tender With Falcons
Taylor Gabriel said in February that he wanted to stay with the organization "forever."

Mercedes-Benz Stadium May Not Be Ready For Start Of Falcons' Season
The "decommissioning" and demolition of the Georgia Dome have been put on hold.

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Matt Ryan Not Shying Away From Watching Super Bowl Tape
Matt Ryan watched game film of the Super Bowl immediately following the loss.


Desmond Trufant Agrees To $69M Extension With Falcons
Desmond Trufant's contract puts him amongst elite cornerbacks in the NFL such as Josh Norman and Patrick Peterson.

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Falcons Foresee More Red Zone Targets For Julio Jones
While speaking about the NFL combine, Dan Quinn said that he foresees Julio Jones getting more attention in the red zone next season.

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Negotiations Between Falcons, Desmond Trufant Gaining Momentum
The Falcons have made signing Desmond Trufant to a contract extension a priority and they have been spending time negotiating towards one.

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Julio Jones Reportedly May Have Foot Surgery
Julio Jones is set to meet with Dr. Robert Anderson on Monday to evaluate the foot/toe injury he dealt with during the 2016 season.

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Kyle Shanahan May Bring Jacob Tamme To San Francisco
After catching 22 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns with the Falcons, Jacob Tamme is a free agent.


Falcons Considering Marquand Manuel As Defensive Coordinator
The Falcons are considering secondary coach Marquand Manuel as their next defensive coordinator, according to sources.

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Rams To Hire Matt LaFleur As Offensive Coordinator
Sean McVay views Matt LaFleur as capable of helping him implement his offense and teaching former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff how to excel in the NFL game.

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Steve Sarkisian Hired By Falcons As Offensive Coordinator
Steve Sarkisian will replace Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator of the Falcons.

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Chip Kelly Could Be Candidate For Falcons' OC Job
With Kyle Shanahan leaving to become the head coach of the 49ers, the Falcons are in need of a new offensive coordinator.

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Super Bowl LI Sets Betting Records In Nevada
More money was bet on Super Bowl LI at Nevada sportsbooks than any other Super Bowl in history.

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Kyle Shanahan Hired As Head Coach Of 49ers
Kyle Shanahan was offensive coordinator of the Falcons over the past two seasons.

RealGM Staff Report

Kyle Shanahan To Accept 49ers' Head Coaching Job
Kyle Shanahan was not able to accept a contract offer from the 49ers until after the Falcons' postseason run concluded.

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