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Browns wise to target free agent cornerback Brent Grimes

Mar 19, 2013

Don’t look now, but the offseason defensive makeover of the Cleveland Browns might not be done just yet. According to NFL.com, the Browns have met with former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes and are one of several teams heavily pursuing the six-year veteran. Earlier in the week, erroneous reports surfaced that Grimes had agreed to rejoin the Falcons on a one-year deal, but he is, in fact, still available. The fact that Grimes remains on the open market is a bit surprising as he was expected to be one of the most sought-after players in this year’s free agency (NFL.com ranked Grimes as…

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Falcons deal gives Steven Jackson the perfect opportunity

Mar 14, 2013

Now that former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson has officially agreed to join the Atlanta Falcons, it appears that the 2013 season could provide the veteran with an opportunity he hasn’t really had throughout his entire career. A shot at a Super bowl. Jackson, who has played all of his nine-year career in St. Louis, has been the one constant though a lot of changes and a lot of difficult seasons for the Rams. Surprisingly durable and almost always dependable, the onetime Oregon State star has virtually carried the Rams on his hulking shoulders for nearly a decade. His impressive…

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Tony Gonzalez informs Falcons he’s returning for 17th NFL season

Mar 12, 2013

For future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, a 95 percent chance of retirement apparently does not outweigh a five percent chance of returning for one more shot at that elusive Super Bowl title. According to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com, Gonzalez has informed the Falcons that he’ll be returning for a fifth season with the club in the hope of getting over that final hump and winning that Lombardi trophy. “After discussing it with my family and really, truly struggling with this decision, I informed the Falcons that I would like to return for one more shot,” Gonzalez told…

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Tony Gonzalez open to returning for more money, less offseason work

Mar 10, 2013

Future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez was leaning 95 percent toward retirement last season, but it now appears as if he’s not so sure. Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports spoke to a few of Gonzalez’s teammates who believe that the tight end would return for another season for more money and less offseason work. One nameless Falcon told Silver that Gonzalez “will come back if they pay him $7 million and he doesn’t have to do training camp.” Seven million a year for a Hall of Fame player who is still playing at a Hall of Fame level is…

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Atlanta Falcons begin makeover, release Michael Turner, John Abraham and Dunta Robinson

Mar 2, 2013

After falling just a few plays short of reaching the Super Bowl last season, the logical next step for the Atlanta Falcons is to clear the roster and begin the rebuilding process. Well, maybe that isn’t the logical next step, but finally capturing that elusive playoff victory isn’t going to keep the Falcons from trying to get a little younger at certain positions while clearing cap space to make a few offseason moves. To that end, the Falcons announced on Friday the release of running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham, and cornerback Dunta Robinson. Abraham has been a mainstay on the…

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Falcons out-played at home by 49ers, lose 28-24

Jan 20, 2013

In the midst of a full 60 minute battle, the adjustments made by the San Francisco 49ers after halftime were too much for the Atlanta Falcons to overcome. The Falcons lost in front of their home crowd in the NFC Championship 24-28. It was a hard-fought battle by the Falcons, with minimal mistakes. Matt Ryan had a costly snap get away from him, but the 49ers would zero-out that mistake by the Falcons with a fumble at the goal line by Michael Crabtree.  That being said, the last play that the Falcons will remember is the failed fourth and four…

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Atlanta Falcons finally break out of playoff jail, beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-28

Jan 13, 2013

The Atlanta Falcons have made it to the NFC Championship game for the first time since 2004, thanks to a 30-28 win over the Seattle Seahawks. It wasn’t pretty, by any means. The Falcons jumped out to a 20-0 lead at halftime behind a strong showing from quarterback Matt Ryan. The Falcons franchise quarterback finally got the playoff monkey off of his back, throwing for 250 yards on 24-of-35 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the win. Ryan did a great job of getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers, wide receivers Roddy White and Julio…

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Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez still leaning toward retirement

Jan 11, 2013

Ray Lewis isn’t the only NFL legend hoping to finish his career with a Super Bowl run this season. Atlanta Falcons star tight end Tony Gonzalez still appears headed for retirement after the season, despite producing a pro bowl season with 93 receptions for 930 yards and eight touchdowns. “For me, obviously, this could be it,” Gonzalez said, via the Associated Press. “There is no tomorrow. There is no saying, ‘We’ll get ‘em next year.’ It’s about going out there and trying to finish on the right note.” For Gonzalez, finishing on a high note likely entails a run at the…

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Lions receiver Calvin Johnson breaks Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving record

Dec 23, 2012

In a season that could see several legendary NFL records fall, at least one has already been surpassed. On Saturday night, against the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson surpassed the 17-year old single season receiving record previously held by Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice. The Falcons got the better of the Lions, taking home a 31-18 victory and clinching the NFC’s No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs. However, the night–and for most of the game, the field–belonged to Johnson. The mammoth 6’5″, 236-pound wideout hauled in 11 passes for 225 yards against the Falcons secondary, pushing his yardage total to 1,892…

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Falcons clinch NFC top seed with victory over Lions

Dec 23, 2012

Lost in all the excitement surrounding Calvin Johnson‘s shiny new NFL record, is the fact that Atlanta’s 31-18 victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday Night has earned the Falcons the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Falcons (13-2) dominated their opponent for the second consecutive week. Quarterback Matt Ryan completed 25 of 32 pass attempts for 279 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. And while Johnson dominated the field for most of the evening, Atlanta receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones managed to work a little magic of their own, combining for 224 yards receiving and three scores….