Player News - Falcons

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The Athletic's Jeff Schultz reports the Falcons have informed Julio Jones he will not receive a new contract this year.

Jones skipped OTAs and minicamp to show displeasure with his contract, which makes him the league's eighth-highest-paid receiver behind Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, and Davante Adams, among others. The Falcons told Jones they had "not budgeted" for Jones to receive a raise, and are hopeful he will report to training camp on time. Jones would put himself at risk of daily fines by skipping practices. LT Jake Matthews, FS Ricardo Allen, and DT Grady Jarrett are all considered higher-priority extension candidates; Julio is signed through 2020. The Falcons open training camp on July 27.
Jul 18 - 11:01 PM

The Falcons want TE Austin Hooper to be more consistent this season.

Hooper didn't live up to expectations last year, managing just two 50-plus yard games. He disappeared for stretches despite solid targets and was sixth among tight ends in drops. With Calvin Ridley added this offseason, it's hard to see a post-hype Hooper breakout. Hooper should make his biggest impact in the red-zone.
Source: ESPN
Jul 17 - 10:27 AM

Falcons signed No. 26 overall pick WR Calvin Ridley to a four-year contract.

As is standard with all first-round picks, Ridley's deal comes with a team option for a fifth year. During spring practices, Ridley lined up both inside and outside but figures to play mostly opposite Julio Jones while Mohamed Sanu mans the interior with Austin Hooper. The Falcons will need a big bounce-back year throwing the ball in order for Ridley to be anything more than a WR4.
Jul 4 - 1:04 PM

Falcons signed S Ron Parker to a one-year contract.

This offseason has not been kind to safeties, and Parker seemed to be dragged down with the rest of the market. It worked out for the Falcons, however, who are getting a versatile veteran with 64 games of starting experience. He should slide in as the primary backup at safety in Atlanta.
Jun 25 - 12:18 PM

Matt Ryan said he expects Julio Jones to attend his annual passing camp in July.

Ryan organizes practices with his receivers every year. Jones is skipping this week's minicamp, but Ryan expects him to show up for the informal session. Jones is looking for a "correction or update" to his contract. He is scheduled to make $34.4 million over the final three years of his deal.
Source: ESPN
Jun 14 - 9:18 AM

Falcons re-signed RB Terrence Magee.

They also cut UDFA Demario Richard, who played ahead of Dolphins fourth-round pick Kalen Ballage at Arizona State. Magee is a veteran camp body.
Jun 13 - 1:40 PM

Julio Jones informed the Falcons he will not attend mandatory minicamp.

The Falcons previously told reporters they thought Jones would attend, but he was a no-show as players filed in on Monday. "We have been in contact with Julio and his representation," the Falcons said in a statement. "We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive. We understand the concerns and thoughts from their perspective. Although not ideal, Julio informed us today he would not be attending mini-camp." This officially makes Julio a holdout. Jones is currently the NFL's eighth-highest-paid wide receiver.
Jun 11 - 5:07 PM

Falcons re-signed FS Ricardo Allen to a one-year, $2.914 million contract.

Allen signed his restricted free agent tender. The 26-year-old former fifth-rounder is seeking an extension ahead of next year's unrestricted free agency. Allen has been solid in center field over the past two years.
Jun 11 - 1:27 PM

Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian said he is more comfortable heading into his second season.

Sarkisian was a popular scapegoat after the Falcons took a step back on offense in 2017, scoring 187 fewer points. He was retained after the season, however, and expects better results in 2018. "When I came in a year ago, it was learning the system that was in place. It was learning the players that were in place," Sarkisian said. "[Now], I’ve got a really good understanding of every player and the things that they’re really good at, the things that they maybe need to work on, and things that I would be wrong in putting them in position to do." Sark's offense did struggle in the red zone last season, but they also finished 8th in total offense and added Calvin Ridley in the first round. A bounce back is likely.
Jun 7 - 9:29 AM

Devonta Freeman (knee) is participating in OTAs.

Freeman suffered sprains to both his MCL and PCL late last season. He did not need surgery, however, and was able to participate when OTAs opened. "I thought he put the work in to really come back strong," coach Dan Quinn said. Tevin Coleman is expected to take on a bigger role in the passing game, but Freeman remains a borderline RB1.
Jun 3 - 4:46 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Justin Hardy (shoulder) is "making progress" in his recovery from offseason surgery.

Hardy has been limited to individual drills at OTAs. He's expected to be fully cleared for training camp. Barring setbacks, Hardy will open the year as the No. 4 receiver behind Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Mohamed Sanu.
Jun 1 - 8:02 PM

Tevin Coleman expects to be more involved in the pass game this season.

Coleman had 27 catches last season, down from his 31 receptions in 2016. He was productive when targeted, averaging 11.1 YPR with three touchdowns. Coleman's role may not change much in a contract year, but he's one of the top committee backs in the league.
May 30 - 6:26 PM

Julio Jones said his absence from OTAs is not contract related and he expects to spend the rest of his career with the Falcons.

Jones is reportedly looking for a "correction or update" on his contract, but he denies those negotiations have anything to do with his decision to skip OTAs. "Everybody wants a story right now," Jones said. "I'm just working on myself right now. That's all it is. There's no bad blood between me and the team." Jones should be back for the Falcons' mandatory minicamp on June 12.
Source: TMZ Sports
May 29 - 8:53 AM

Falcons contract-year FS Ricardo Allen wants an extension.

Allen has yet to sign his RFA tender. With Jake Matthews and Grady Jarrett up for extensions, his contract may not be a priority for the Falcons. Allen will make $2.9 million if he plays out his rookie deal.
May 23 - 7:15 PM

The Falcons expect Julio Jones to report for mandatory minicamp.

Jones is skipping OTAs as he seeks a new contract. Now just the eighth-highest paid wideout in the league, Jones wants a correction as he heads into his age-29 campaign. It's the correct play from a wideout who might only have 2-3 years of his peak left.
May 22 - 2:36 PM


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