Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

Falcons exercised LT Jake Matthews' fifth-year team option for 2018.

GM Thomas Dimitroff said they would last week, and now it is official. Matthews is now under contract through 2018, but the Falcons could look to work out a long-term extension this summer. Matthews has started all but one game since being selected with the No. 6 overall pick in 2014.
Apr 25 - 12:27 PM

Falcons re-signed WR Taylor Gabriel to a one-year, $2.81 million contract.

He had been a restricted free agent. Cut by the Browns at the end of training camp last summer, Gabriel resurfaced as a big-play threat in Atlanta with seven touchdowns on only 39 touches. The 26-year-old should again be a key cog in the Falcons high-octane offense.
Apr 22 - 1:49 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team plans to pick up LT Jake Matthews' fifth-year option.

Atlanta has until May 3 to do so officially. After they pick up the option, the focus will turn to working out a long-term extension, but Dimitroff said that is on the back burner for now. The No. 6 overall pick in 2014, Matthews has started all but one game through three seasons.
Apr 20 - 11:52 AM

Kemal Ishmael will play outside linebacker for the Falcons this season.

The 2013 seventh-rounder played some linebacker last season, but he will make the full-time switch this year. The former safety has always been better near the line of scrimmage, so the move makes sense. Ishmael is also a standout on special teams.
Apr 20 - 11:30 AM

Julio Jones (foot) has been a limited participant at OTAs.

Adrian Clayborn (biceps), Alex Mack (fibula) and Derrick Shelby (Achilles) have also been limited. Jones has done some strength and conditioning work, but that's about it. He should be at full strength well before Week 1.
Apr 19 - 4:47 PM

Walk-year RB Devonta Freeman told Sporting News' Alex Marvez he will not skip any of the Falcons' offseason program.

"I’m doing everything," Freeman said. "I love these guys. I love football." Freeman made noise about his contract before the Super Bowl, but it does not seem like the two sides are worried about working out a deal. GM Thomas Dimitroff recently said he expects an extension to be worked out around training camp. Freeman is set to earn $1.84 million in the final year of his deal.
Apr 13 - 9:47 AM

Julio Jones (foot) attended a players-only workout this week.

He didn't participate in any drills, but "showed no signs of a limp." Jones will be held out of Atlanta’s offseason program as he recovers from March surgery. The Falcons expect him to be full-go for training camp.
Apr 12 - 7:04 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff expects to sign walk-year RB Devonta Freeman to an extension around training camp.

Set to earn $1.84 million in the final year of his rookie deal, Freeman made it very clear at the Super Bowl he is looking for a new contract, and Dimitroff is "confident" the two sides will get something done. "When you look at our history, we address these situations going into training camp," Dimitroff said. "I’m throwing that out there as a general timeline." With Desmond Trufant's deal now done, Freeman should be the next order of business.
Apr 8 - 10:26 AM

Falcons signed LCB Desmond Trufant to a five-year, $69-million extension through 2022.

Jordan Schultz of The Huffington Post reports the deal includes "nearly" $42 million guaranteed. It is a massive deal which rightfully puts Trufant among the top-paid cornerbacks in the league, and the $13.8-million, new-money average vaults him above the new deals A.J. Bouye and Stephon Gilmore signed last month. Trufant ended last season on injured reserve with a torn pectoral, but he is expected to be ready well before training camp.
Apr 8 - 9:06 AM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (foot) is in the "strengthening phase" of his rehab.

Jones is just over a month removed from surgery. He'll be held out of OTAs, but there's not much concern over his status. The Falcons expect Jones to be full strength for training camp.
Apr 7 - 6:24 PM

Falcons RG Ben Garland is expected to compete for a starting job.

Wes Schweitzer and Hugh Thornton are also candidates to replace Chris Chester. Garland is the in-house favorite after a strong showing in 101 snaps last year. The Falcons haven't ruled out adding a guard in the draft.
Apr 1 - 6:01 PM

Falcons LCB Desmond Trufant (chest) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Trufant will be held out of OTAs, but there's not much concern over his status. The Falcons are planning to extend him before Week 1. Despite coming off an injury-shortened 2016, Trufant could command top-10 corner money.
Mar 29 - 6:01 PM

Falcons RT Ryan Schraeder (torn ankle ligament) has been cleared to resume running, and will participate in OTAs.

Schraeder's Super Bowl injury did not require surgery. His rehab ended up being the best-case scenario. Schraeder was a 16-game starter each of the past two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 7:28 PM

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


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