Player News - Falcons

Date: Team: Pos:

Falcons restricted free agent FS Ricardo Allen reported for the start of the offseason program.

Allen has not signed his second-round tender, but he will participate in voluntary workouts. The deadline for Allen to sign an offer sheet with another team is Friday.
Apr 16 - 12:02 PM

Falcons re-signed LB Kemal Ishmael.

Ishmael played 125 snaps as a backup linebacker while contributing on special teams in 2017. The former seventh-rounder will handle the same role.
Apr 4 - 1:54 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said a contract extension for Matt Ryan is "close."

Contract talks reportedly "hit a snag" last month, but it sounds as if that has been worked out. Dimitroff said the negotiations are "not a complicated process" and he is "not kept up at night." It would be a surprise if Ryan does not have a new deal once training camp rolls around.
Apr 3 - 10:11 AM

Falcons signed CB Justin Bethel, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year contract.

Bethel struggled mightily on defense last season but was a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro on special teams during his six-year run with the Cardinals. He'll serve as depth behind starters Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.
Mar 24 - 9:19 AM

Falcons re-signed DE Derrick Shelby to a one-year contract.

Released by Atlanta in early March, Shelby returns for less money after brief flirtations with the Seahawks and Browns. A 29-year-old rotational defensive end, Shelby made 14 starts last season but was pulled on obvious passing downs. He will likely play a lesser role for the Falcons this year.
Mar 22 - 1:54 PM

Falcons signed TE Logan Paulsen to a one-year contract.

Paulsen had a limited role in Kyle Shanahan's offense with the 49ers last year. He should see more playing time in Atlanta, where he'll replace blocking TE Levine Toilolo. Paulsen's signing upgrades the Falcons' run game.
Mar 21 - 6:39 PM

Free agent TE Logan Paulsen visited the Falcons.

It's the second visit of free agency for Paulsen after he met with Detroit. Paulsen played just 144 snaps for the 49ers last year but is one of the better blocking tight ends in the league.
Mar 21 - 5:16 PM

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Falcons have "hit a snag" in contract talks with Matt Ryan.

"I don't know how close we are," GM Thomas Dimitroff told reporters at the Georgia Pro Day. "There is no real rush on it. We've had good conversations." The Falcons met with Ryan's agent at the Combine but haven't made any progress since. Ryan could be targeting $30 million annually after Kirk Cousins got $28 million per year from the Vikings. Atlanta wants Ryan to settle for a team-friendly deal.
Mar 21 - 4:21 PM

Free agent CB Justin Bethel visited the Falcons on Tuesday.

It's Bethel's first known visit. The 27-year-old earned three Pro Bowl nods as a special teamer during his six-year run in Arizona but struggled on defense last season, earning PFF's No. 111 cornerback grade out of 120 qualifiers. He'd give the Falcons depth behind starters Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.
Mar 20 - 1:18 PM

Falcons signed OG Ben Garland to a one-year, $2.914 million contract.

Garland drew a second-round tender as a restricted free agent, meaning it was always unlikely he would sign an offer sheet with another team. Garland should continue as Atlanta's top reserve on the interior.
Mar 19 - 8:46 AM

Falcons signed OG Brandon Fusco, formerly of the 49ers, to a three-year, $12.75 million contract.

A liability before the Vikings let him go last offseason, Fusco wasn't much better for the 49ers. He can run block, however, which is what the Falcons were looking for. Fusco is also durable, annually gobbling up snaps. He turns 30 in July.
Mar 14 - 5:08 PM

Falcons re-signed OT Austin Pasztor to a one-year contract.

They also brought back CB Leon McFadden. Pasztor was a 16-game starter for Cleveland in 2016 but has played sparingly since coming to Atlanta, appearing in just seven games this past season. He'll continue to serve as tackle depth behind veteran starters Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder.
Mar 13 - 12:45 PM

The Falcons have tendered restricted free agent OG Ben Garland at the second-round level.

The Falcons' top reserve interior lineman, Garland played 341 snaps after Andy Levitre (triceps) went down last season. Levitre has been retained for 2018. Garland is insurance.
Mar 12 - 3:01 PM

The Falcons have tendered restricted free agent FS Ricardo Allen at the second-round level.

The second-rounder tender is worth $2.914 million this year. Above average the past two seasons, Allen has also been a snap hog. 2018 will be his age-27 season.
Mar 12 - 2:25 PM

Falcons signed CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year extension.

Wreh-Wilson played in eight games for the Falcons in 2017 and started one. He played a total of 78 snaps last season with 57 coming in one game. He was re-signed to provide depth for the Falcons secondary.
Mar 10 - 12:50 PM


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