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Date: Team: Pos:

Falcons coach Dan Quinn confirmed the team wants to re-sign free agent LB Sean Weatherspoon.

"Definitely someone that we're talking to," Quinn said. "We're certainly hoping that he can be a big part moving forward." Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said earlier this month that he intends to bring back Weatherspoon. Eight months removed from Achilles surgery, Weatherspoon should be open to returning on a team-friendly deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 27 - 7:42 PM

When asked if Devonta Freeman was ready to become the Falcons' feature back, GM Thomas Dimitroff said, "no question."

We figured as much after Steven Jackson was handed his walking papers on Thursday. Freeman showed flashes as a rookie, producing 248 yards on the ground and another 225 through the air. Atlanta is going to be a pass-first offense as long as Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are running the show, but Freeman should still have plenty of opportunities to contribute.
Feb 27 - 10:09 AM

Falcons re-signed K Matt Bryant to a three-year, $8.5 million contract.

Bryant, 39, was set to become a free agent in March. He remained one of the best kickers in the league last year, converting 29-of-32 field-goal attempts (90.6 percent). As he kicks in a dome on an above-average offense, Bryant should maintain fantasy appeal throughout the life of his contract.
Feb 25 - 6:02 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure reports the team has "prioritized" re-signing free agent RB Antone Smith.

This is despite the two sides having yet to discuss a new contract. Free agency opens two Tuesdays from now, and word out of the Combine was that the Giants are also interested in Smith. He'll be entering his age-30 season and is coming off a broken leg, but Smith has a ton of tread left on his tires with just 44 career touches. He exploded for four touchdowns of 40-plus yards last year.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 25 - 10:24 AM

Falcons re-signed DE Cliff Matthews and FB Patrick DiMarco.

A special teamer, Matthews played just 80 snaps on defense last season. DiMarco saw 214 snaps as a lead blocker, and was ineffective. Neither player will be guaranteed a roster spot in training camp.
Feb 24 - 3:05 PM

Free agent Osi Umenyiora says he has "zero" plans to retire.

Now 34, Umenyiora faded badly in 2014, registering just 2.5 sacks across 347 snaps for the Falcons' anemic defense. FOX's Mike Garofolo has passed along "chatter" that Umenyiora could return to the Giants, while ESPN's Adam Caplan reports he's considering a "media opportunity" in England. Umenyiora has said he'd like to retire as a member of the G-Men.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 1:40 PM

According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, the Falcons are expected to tender exclusive rights free agent Nathan Stupar.

This should happen sometime before the start of the new league year. Seven of the ten tackles Stupar recorded in 2014 were on special teams.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 22 - 12:13 PM

The Falcons have yet to open contract talks with free agent S Dwight Lowery.

Lowery started 15 games last year, but his cover-skills graded in the bottom half of the league. He doesn't have the range to play free safety in HC Dan Quinn's scheme, and re-signing him isn't a priority. After settling for the veteran minimum last year, Lowery should be limited to one-year deals again this offseason.
Feb 20 - 6:08 PM

New coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman is "tailor-made" for Falcons' scheme.

GM Thomas Dimitroff, OC Kyle Shanahan and now Quinn have all raved about undersized Freeman. "My first impression: I can feel the quickness," Quinn said. "In our outside zone scheme I thought this is tailor-made for a guy who can really explode off the edge. I love this guy's competitive spirit." Steven Jackson is likely gone, but Atlanta will add running back talent in the draft. Still, Freeman's arrow is pointing up heading into his second NFL campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 8:21 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure reports OT Sam Baker is open to playing guard in 2015.

Recovering from a torn patellar tendon, Baker missed all of 2014. Knee issues also limited him to just 190 snaps in 2013. With Jake Matthews locked in at left tackle, Baker will battle for a job at either right tackle or guard. At tackle, he'd compete with Lamar Holmes, a rookie or both. It remains possible that Baker gets released. He's a 30-year-old (in May) injury liability. Cutting him would create $1.9 million in cap space.
Feb 19 - 7:04 PM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews (Lisfranc surgery) is expected to miss "most" of the team's offseason program.

"He decided to go through the procedure that he went through because he thought it was the best way to get himself back healthy by the beginning of the year," GM Thomas Dimitroff said. "We have no concerns that way." While Week 1 shouldn't be a concern, it's not a guarantee Matthews will be ready for camp. He'll have to avoid setbacks. The Falcons can't take any chances with their blindside protector of the future.
Feb 19 - 7:01 PM

New Falcons coach Dan Quinn envisions Prince Shembo as an outside linebacker.

The No. 139 overall pick of last year's draft, Shembo was shifted to inside linebacker in camp, but ended up seeing most of his reps at weak-side 'backer. Shembo played 347 snaps as a rookie. He excelled at nothing, but mostly held his own. Snaps will be there for the taking in Atlanta's ramshackle linebacker corps. Quinn is going to give him a chance to rush the passer.
Feb 19 - 5:25 PM

The Falcons hope to re-sign free agent K Matt Bryant.

The Falcons' kicker since 2009, Bryant converted 29-of-32 field-goal attempts last season (90.6 percent). Even at age 40 (in May), he remains one of the league's best kickers.
Feb 19 - 4:13 PM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews is recovering from Lisfranc surgery.

We knew Matthews had a Lisfranc injury, but this is the first we've heard of surgery. Matthews went down in Week 17. Lisfranc injuries are one of the trickier ailments for players to come back from, and have varying timetables. Provided he progresses without setbacks, Matthews should be ready for training camp, but it's not a given. It's a concern for the Falcons' woefully undermanned offensive line.
Feb 19 - 3:58 PM

Falcons GM Thomas believes Devonta Freeman can be the team's feature back.

Dimitroff's comments come nine days after new OC Kyle Shanahan said he "loved" Freeman as a prospect. Freeman played as small as his 5-foot-8 frame suggested as a rookie, but he checks in at over 200 pounds, and has plenty of juice. Although 2014 suggested he might be best utilized as a COP back, there's still a chance Freeman would run with bell-cow duties if given the opportunity. He's definitely a better bet for the Falcons than Steven Jackson.
Feb 19 - 3:52 PM


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