Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Julio Jones (foot surgery) is expected to be "full strength" for the start of training camp.

Jones' initial timeline had him questionable for the start of camp, but apparently a more optimistic estimate has emerged. Either way, the superstar figures to be babied through the summer, and perhaps even held out of the preseason. The only goal is having Jones ready for Week 1, which he should be.
Mar 23 - 1:49 PM

Falcons signed FB Derrick Coleman, formerly of the Seahawks.

Slapped with a four-game ban stemming from a 2015 hit-and-run car accident, Coleman spent 2016 out of the league. Going on 27, Coleman has never been a terribly effective lead blocker. He will apparently compete with 2016 UDFA Soma Vainuku.
Mar 21 - 4:08 PM

Falcons signed OG Hugh Thornton, formerly of the Colts, to a one-year contract.

Thornton, who had already lost his starting job, spent all of 2016 on injured reserve with a foot injury. Thornton, a 2013 third-rounder, made 32 starts between 2013-15, though as you can ascertain from his benching, wasn't particularly effective. Injuries were a major issue. He'll start out as depth in Atlanta.
Mar 21 - 2:39 PM

Falcons DT Dontari Poe plans to play this season at 330 pounds.

It's 16-pounds lighter than his listed weight. Poe played nose tackle in Kansas City but is moving to three-technique in Atlanta's 4-3 scheme. The Falcons could reduce his every-down role with Derrick Shelby, Adrian Clayborn and Jack Crawford mixing in nickel packages. Playing at a lower weight should help with Poe's chronic back issues.
Mar 17 - 5:25 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports new Falcons DT Dontari Poe turned down more money from the Jaguars.

Anderson reports Poe also had long-term talks with the Colts. Poe is getting $8 million from the Falcons. The Jags reportedly offered $9 million guaranteed, plus incentives. Poe's Falcons deal includes $2 million in incentives. Poe is joining a less-crowded line in Atlanta, not to mention a better team.
Mar 16 - 6:21 PM

Falcons signed NT Dontari Poe, formerly of the Chiefs, to a one-year, $8 million contract.

Another $2 million is available through incentives. Poe picks the Falcons over Oakland, Miami, Indianapolis, and Jacksonville. Turning 27 this year, Poe was picked No. 11 overall in 2012 by the Chiefs when now-Falcons assistant GM Scott Pioli was running the show in Kansas City. In Atlanta, Poe will replace another former Chiefs first-rounder Tyson Jackson, who was released last week. Poe's name has become bigger than his game, but he's still a solid addition up front. The Falcons will probably cut Poe's snaps a bit after he was nearly an every-down player in K.C. His back has been giving him trouble for years.
Mar 16 - 12:54 PM

Free agent NT Dontari Poe left his Dolphins visit without a deal.

Poe and his agent very clearly overestimated his market worth. He has visited the Fins, Falcons, and Colts, and is expected to meet with the Raiders next. Poe has reportedly settled on asking for one-year offers in an effort to parlay a prove-it season into a bigger contract next offseason.
Mar 15 - 8:24 PM

Free agent NT Dontari Poe is visiting the Dolphins this week.

We already knew Poe was visiting the Dolphins, but now we know when. He will arrive on Tuesday evening, and presumably make his official visit on Wednesday. Poe has already visited the Falcons and Colts.
Mar 14 - 4:50 PM

ESPN's Adam Teicher believes the signing of Bennie Logan signals an end for free agent NT Dontari Poe in Kansas City.

Teicher reports the Chiefs would have welcomed back Poe at the right price, but signing Logan to fill essentially the same role ends that dream. Interestingly, Logan's one-year, $8-million deal might be very similar to what Poe ends up settling for on the open market. Poe has visited the Colts, Jaguars, and Falcons.
Source: ESPN
Mar 14 - 9:19 AM

Falcons signed WR Andre Roberts, formerly of the Lions, to a one-year, $1.8-million contract.

Roberts, 29, played 264 offensive snaps as the Lions' No. 4 receiver last season, catching 14 balls for 188 yards and one score. He also filled the role of the Lions' return man, averaging 22.2 yards per kick return and 11.7 on punts with two touchdowns. Roberts will likely play the same role in Atlanta.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 14 - 2:37 AM

Falcons re-signed S Kemal Ishmael on a one-year, $2.5-million contract.

A seventh-round pick in 2013, Ishmael started 10 games as a sophomore, but he has taken on more of a reserve role the last two seasons. He can do a job on special teams, however, and is good depth behind Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal.
Mar 13 - 10:04 PM

Free agent NT Dontari Poe will visit the Falcons in the "next 24 hours."

GM Thomas Dimitroff had said the team was hopeful of getting Poe to town before he signed with the Jaguars or Colts. Poe's name has often exceeded his game, but he would still be a positive to most teams' defenses in the middle.
Mar 13 - 1:24 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team will not extend walk-year RB Devonta Freeman during free agency.

He added reports the Falcons were looking to move Freeman were "ridiculous." It makes sense for Atlanta to wait until free agency dies down to talk numbers, but Freeman made it very clear before the Super Bowl he is looking for a new deal. It is possible he decides to skip some offseason activities if the Falcons do not show a real intent to work on an extension. Freeman is scheduled to make $1.838 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Mar 13 - 9:41 AM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team is working to make sure free agent NT Dontari Poe visits Atlanta before making a decision.

Poe has already visited the Colts and is meeting with the Jaguars on Monday. The Falcons are hopeful they can get him in the building and with the coaching staff before he makes a final decision, but Jacksonville loves defensive linemen and has the cap space to make Poe a Godfather offer. After a quiet start, it looks like Poe's market is heating up.
Mar 13 - 9:37 AM

Free agent NT Dontari Poe left his Colts visit without a deal.

The Colts were known to be offering Poe a multi-year deal, but the money clearly didn't meet what Poe is looking for. He'll head to Jacksonville next.
Mar 12 - 5:00 PM


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