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Are the Atlanta Falcons really done fixing their offensive line?

Fact: Brandon Fusco can fit seventeen cough drops in his right nostril The Atlanta Falcons zeroed in on right guard Brandon Fusco early in free agency. In Fusco they have a capable right guard, which to be frank, is a vast improvement. Despite his endorsement of Wes Schweitzer, general manager Thomas Dimitroff diagnosed the problem, then promptly went and got us the best bandaid money could buy. Looking ahead, the interior offensive line consists of a 31 (going on 32) year old Andy Levitre, Destroyer of Worlds Alex Mack, and Fusco. Backing up that trio are fan favorite Ben Garland,...

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Falcons 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Free Agency Edition

Kevin’s latest mock draft sees the Falcons adjusting their needs based on the results of free agency, with particular attention paid to the defensive line. Welcome back, Falcons fans, to another seven-round mock draft. With the first week of free agency behind us, we have a slightly clearer picture of Atlanta’s needs heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. The addition of G Brandon Fusco has almost certainly eliminated the possibility of the Falcons drafting an offensive lineman early on, and the loss of DT Dontari Poe and EDGE Adrian Clayborn have solidified the strong needs on the defensive...

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How can the Atlanta Falcons screw up the 2018 NFL Draft?

Fact: Thomas Dimitroff has watched every season of The Mindy Project ... twice The Atlanta Falcons still have about a month and a half to prepare for the 2018 NFL Draft. That’s a long time, especially given all the work they’ve already put in. They more or less addressed the right guard situation in free agency, so they should be able to focus on bolstering the interior defensive line in the draft. That’s the logical approach, at least if you’re asking the vocal majority. All this draft chatter begs an important question: how can the Falcons screw this up? By now general manager...

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Atlanta Falcons 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Keke Coutee, Texas Tech

The gifted receiver could be an option to replace Taylor Gabriel. It’s no secret that the Atlanta Falcons have a number of offensive weapons that makes them one of the better units in the league. From the dynamic combination of Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu to the one-two punch at running back in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, the Falcons have a very nice set of skill-position players that is a formidable unit. An argument can be made that something is missing. With the free agency departure of receiver Taylor Gabriel, the team could be looking for a versatile deep threat that can...

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The Falcons appear to be done chasing that one final piece, and maybe that’s for the best

Atlanta’s lack of moves early in free agency might show they’ve learned their lesson about this time of year. The Atlanta Falcons are not good at free agency. There, I said it. It’s been said. It’s done. Leave me alone. Good riddance. Ok, so, they’re not awful at free agency — see Turner, Michael; Mack, Alex; Sanu, Mohamed; Clayborn, Adrian; Bryant, Matt. BUT! Don’t forget! Edwards, Ray. Robinson, Dunta. Umenyiora, Osi. Jackson, Steven. Jackson, Tyson. Soliai, Paul. Asamoah, Jon. Reed, Brooks. Durant, Justin. Shelby, Derrick. Re-signing Toilolo, Levine, and letting...

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Report: Falcons could replace Taylor Gabriel with Marvin Hall or Reggie Davis

We could see Hall or Davis as the Falcons’ No. 3 WR next season. The Falcons aren’t worried about the wide receiver depth chart after losing Taylor Gabriel in free agency. They could move forward next season with either Marvin Hall or Reggie Davis in that No. 3 wide receiver position, according to a report from the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter. Atlanta’s been quiet in free agency, with the only major move being the signing of guard Brandon Fusco to a three-year, $12.75 million deal. Gabriel, Adrian Clayborn and Dontari Poe were all allowed to hit the market. But for the Falcons,...

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With Danny Woodhead retired, veteran options at RB still available for ATL

If Atlanta really wants a new veteran running back, there are guys out there to fit the bill. You might have heard that the Atlanta Falcons were linked to RB Danny Woodhead in free agency. Well, the original sultan of scraps has reportedly decided to hang it up. 10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a… https://t.co/DTzInzZJul— danny woodhead (@danny__woodhead) March 17, 2018 So, obviously, we wish Woodhead happy trails as he heads off into retirement. But, when we think about what this could mean for Atlanta, you have to think...

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New England Patriots:  Adrian Clayborn adds edge to team’s pass rush

The New England Patriots added some edge to their defensive line with the signing of former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn. It wouldn’t be free agency without the New England Patriots making value moves after the big splash free agents have found their landing spots. On Friday, the Patriots made three moves, including reaching […] New England Patriots:  Adrian Clayborn adds edge to team’s pass rush - Chowder and Champions - Chowder and Champions - A Boston Sports Site - Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and More!

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The Falcons figure to wait out the market, partly because they don’t have a choice

Until Matt Ryan’s extension rolls in, the Falcons just won’t be major players. The Falcons currently have enough cap room to go after one or two mid-tier free agents, like say an Ed Dickson at tight end or a Tom Johnson at defensive tackle, before they need to either dip out or free up some real space. That’s partly why they’ve been so quiet before and after surprising everyone by signing guard Brandon Fusco. The Falcons, it should be noted, have a baseline level of interest in overspending in free agency, and that level is very low. This puts them in with teams like the Patriots...


NFL Free Agency: Falcons and Patriots have contacted Danny Woodhead

It has been a rough stretch for running back Danny Woodhead, to say the least. His stint with the Baltimore Ravens lasted just one season before he was officially back on the market. However, he has still managed to garner some serious interest from a couple of title contenders. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, both the […] The post NFL Free Agency: Falcons and Patriots have contacted Danny Woodhead appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Eagles release defensive end Vinny Curry, potential Falcons free agent target

He’s an intriguing potential addition for the Falcons, but will they have the money and interest to get it done? The Atlanta Falcons have been quiet in free agency, but that could change in the coming week (if only a little) once they carve out some more cap space with a Matt Ryan extension. It just so happens that there’s a player or two who has been cut loose recently that may be of interest to Atlanta, and Vinny Curry is certainly one of them. The longtime Eagles defensive end has 22 career sacks over six seasons, including a standout 9 in 2014. He’s the same age as Adrian...


Former Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn signs with Patriots

It has been just over a month since the New England Patriots fell just shy of winning their second straight Super Bowl. There has been much change to the roster in the weeks that have followed, especially during the NFL free agency period. Throughout much of the last few years, one of the areas of […] The post Former Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn signs with Patriots appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Matt Ryan’s new deal may be coming next week, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In Jeff Schultz’s latest piece for the AJC, he drops a hint about the timeline. Matt Ryan’s contract extension should make him one of—if not temporarily the—highest paid quarterback in the NFL. It’s also a deal that figures to free up cap space for the Falcons to finally make a little noise in free agency, though it figures to be more of a whisper than a shout. All offseason long, we’ve been waiting for a sign that the deal will be done soon, and we might have one at last. Jeff Schultz at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution dropped a thoughtful column arguing that everyone...

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2018 NFL free agency: Potential Falcons options after the initial wave

Which guys out there could catch the Falcons’ attention as they look for lesser deals to be made? Well, the first big push of free agency is about over, even though it literally just started. That’s legal tampering for you. The Falcons made the unexpected move of addressing their right guard battle in March by nabbing ex-49er and Viking Brandon Fusco to man the spot between Alex Mack and Ryan Schraeder, and they’ve still got a little money to play with. Considering Matt Ryan’s and Jake Matthews’ eventual contract extensions will hit sometime before or during the season if all...

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Report: Falcons have contacted RB Danny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead’s underdog story could continue in Atlanta next season The free agency window is open, and the rumor mill is swirling. The Falcons made their first move in free agency yesterday, signing potential starting guard Brandon Fusco. Today, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo has reported that the Falcons (as well as the New England Patriots) have contacted RB Danny Woodhead. Patriots and Falcons showed some hustle and grit in contacting RB Danny Woodhead recently, source says. We'll see if he and his lunch pail head to either place deceptively quickly to pay a visit.— Mike Garafolo...

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Terrence Magee reportedly in, Terron Ward out as former Falcons reach free agency

It’s a new day in Atlanta as free agency opens. Terron Ward, over the last three seasons, managed to find a way onto the field no matter how hard the Falcons seemingly tried to replace him. He typically fared well in those games too, as his hard-charging style led to some nice runs and he threw the occasional nice block. That’s all you can expect out of your #3 back, and Ward consistently delivered. That’s why it’s sort of a surprise to see Ward reach the open market. The Falcons had the opportunity to extend tenders to him, wide receiver Nick Williams, and safety Sharrod Neasman,...

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Former Falcons DT Dontari Poe heads to Carolina Panthers on deal

A surprising bummer sees Poe say in the division. After Thomas Dimitroff indicated that Dontari Poe would hit free agency for a lucrative deal, we knew that’d be that for the defensive tackle’s time with the Falcons. His new home is, well, a bit disconcerting. Source: Dontari Poe is going to the #Panthers ... #Redskins had interest— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) March 15, 2018 So, Poe’s off to Carolina on a three-year deal that NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says is worth $9-10 million per season. It’s a move that makes you grimace for a number of reasons. First,...

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What to know about Falcons free agency

It is nearly time. The Atlanta Falcons, like 31 other NFL teams, will be kicking off free agency on Wednesday afternoon. The team will be busily talking to agents today and leading right up to the official kickoff of free agency, but they won’t be formally announcing any deals until that time. The Falcons will need to be busy to bolster their upcoming draft class and paper over some holes, but they’re unlikely to be major players when teams like the 49ers, Browns, and Buccaneers have a ton of cap space to throw around. With any luck, though, they’ll get their needs taken care of...

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Falcons and NFL quick recap for the second day of legal tampering

Free agency arrives today, but the leadup was plenty wild. With free agency arriving today, the Falcons have been largely quiet, outside of re-signing a few key free agents and being linked to some free agent tight ends. The division largely followed suit, with the Saints and Buccaneers staying quiet outside of their own free agents, and the Panthers making the sole divisional splash of the day. The rest of the league was a little more noisy. Contenders like the Patriots stayed quiet, but the Chiefs, Vikings, and Jaguars were among the playoff-caliber teams making splashes (or lining up...

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Soaring QB market complicates Falcons’ plans to re-sign Ryan

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.

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Falcons add starting guard option Brandon Fusco as free agency kicks off

The soon-to-be 30-year-old has extensive starting experience and figures to push for right guard duties. The Atlanta Falcons have signed longtime guard and center Brandon Fusco, adding a steady veteran who may very well be the team’s starter at right guard when the season opens. The signing is classically out of left field, as we hadn’t heard the Falcons linked to the former 49er and Viking at all, but it makes sense if you view right guard as trouble spot for the line. I don’t have to tell you that many fans—and evidently the team itself—do. Falcons are signing former...

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Atlanta Falcons, and others, “in the mix” for Adrian Clayborn

We finally get the first word about Atlanta’s biggest unrestricted free agent. After a few deals and franchise tags on pass rushers, the dust settled and Adrian Clayborn was the best available defensive end in free agency. We mentioned that he could be making $9 million per year, if not more. With no news of visits or signings nearly two days into legal tampering, it is possible his market was softer than expected. At the very least, we know that the Atlanta Falcons are still in the mix for the veteran. Per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. DE Adrian Clayborn generating interest as one of the...

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Dan Quinn must check last box in building his defense this offseason

The pass rush guru will look to complete that one thing he’s pretty good at coaching. With free agency looming, the Atlanta Falcons aren’t expected to be high rollers. And, why would they be? With only a little bit of cap space to use, and not that many holes on the roster to patch up, the Falcons are going into 2018 with plenty of chess pieces to play with. They’ve got to refine and improve one of the players (Sarkisian, Steve), and a lot of next season’s success will depend on that variable tightening up. But, there is one problem spot on the roster that’s going to take roster...

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Falcons to pay Brandon Fusco $12.75 million over three-year deal

The money nearly guarantees Fusco will start, putting Wes Schweitzer’s roster spot in serious jeopardy. The Atlanta Falcons kept their free agency limited, but clearly targeted former San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings guard Brian Fusco. For those unaware, Fusco showed great promise early in his career and signed a deal with a max value of $25 million with the Vikings. He got hurt then struggled pretty significantly. He bounced back starting every game for Kyle Shanahan and held his own. Based on his salary, Fusco is definitely starting in Atlanta. The #Falcons signed offensive...

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Falcons re-sign free agent CB Leon McFadden, OT Austin Pasztor

Well, surprise, surprise. Heading into free agency, Leon McFadden and Austin Pasztor seemed like two of the least likely free agents to re-sign in Atlanta. McFadden didn’t really play for Atlanta last year, after all, and Pasztor was a near-weekly inactive at tackle behind Ty Sambrailo. Of course, the Falcons like to throw us some low grade curveballs from time to time, and they’ve done so here. Both players are coming back on one-year deals. The #Falcons have signed CB Leon McFadden and OL Austin Pasztor to one-year extensions. https://t.co/vRHN3cVR2v— William McFadden...

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Falcons “strongly interested” in tight end Ed Dickson

Dickson, a longtime Raven and Panther, will The Falcons were linked to impending free agent tight end Ed Dickson earlier this offseason, and as free agency inches closer, that interest apparently has not waned. Dickson is an uninspiring choice compared to, say, a rookie early rounder like Mike Geisicki or Hayden Hurst, but he’s been around the NFL for a long time for good reason. He’s a capable receiver—though not a real red zone asset—and a fine blocker, and he’s probably a slight upgrade on Levine Toilolo in both those regards. If you’re thinking Austin Hooper’s going to...

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Potential Falcons free agent profile: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

There seems to be a bit of mutual interest between the two parties The legal tampering window is officially open in the NFL, and the Free Agency countdown clock has shifted from weeks to days to hours. Today, I’ll take a look at a player whom the Falcons have reportedly expressed interest in: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Seferian-Jenkins is a former second-round selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2014 draft who flamed out in Tampa after just two seasons and some change. He found a home in New York after the Jets claimed him off waivers in 2016, and he played out the rest...

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NFL Free Agency 2018: Taylor Gabriel to sign with Chicago

Still another weapon for Mitch Trubisky As we continue to update what’s going on throughout the NFC North (as well as with the Minnesota Vikings) in free agency, it’s becoming clearer that the Chicago Bears are not messing around in their quest to give their young quarterback some serious weaponry. Numerous sources on social media are reporting that the Bears are finalizing a four-year deal with former Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. Gabriel was undrafted in 2014, and spent his first two years with the Cleveland Browns. He was then waived by the Browns and claimed by...