How AJ Terrell and Casey Hayward Could Make the Atlanta Falcons’ Best Positional Group – Atlanta Falcons Blog

ATLANTA — Day after day, week after week, practice after practice last season, Atlanta Falcons cornerback AJ Terrell started to show a little more. What was once potential was turning into production. What was once a prospect for a first-round pick has turned into a player who could be the best on defense for the … Read more

Falcons’ new QB Marcus Mariota must ‘carve my own path’ after Matt Ryan run in Atlanta

ATLANTA — The Falcons need a full-time starting quarterback other than Matt Ryan for the first time since the 2007 season, and Marcus Mariota understands the importance of potentially being that backup. “Those are big shoes to fill, no doubt,” Mariota said on Friday. “I think for me, something that I’ve definitely learned over my … Read more

Atlanta Falcons reject talks of rebuilding, consider ‘transition’ one year after Matt Ryan trade

The Atlanta Falcons, days after trading franchise quarterback Matt Ryan, acknowledged Wednesday that they are in the midst of a franchise-wide transition. While general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith were loath to use the word “rebuild,” Fontenot said the franchise was “taking it on the chin this year” in terms of the … Read more

With Matt Ryan in Indianapolis, how do the Atlanta Falcons begin to rebuild? – Atlanta Falcons Blog

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – It was a day that was always going to come. At one point, the Atlanta Falcons would leave quarterback Matt Ryan, ending an era of success that culminated in three division titles and a Super Bowl appearance. Now Ryan has gone to the Indianapolis Colts. And his departure marks a transition … Read more

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan Deserved a Better Start, But Those Things Often Get Messy

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Sometimes NFL divorces can take years. Not this one. Not close. It happened, apparently, in an instant. Whether long or instant, they are rarely pretty or fair. For quarterback Matt Ryan, neither was the way the Atlanta Falcons handled things over the past month. What could have been an honorable start … Read more

Indianapolis Colts acquire QB Matt Ryan from Atlanta Falcons for third-round pick

ATLANTA — After 14 seasons and becoming the best quarterback in franchise history, the Atlanta Falcons are leaving Matt Ryan. Atlanta traded Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Dianna Russini. Ryan will become the fifth starting quarterback to start … Read more

Cleveland Browns no longer show up to trade for Deshaun Watson, now face decision on Baker Mayfield, source says

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns were notified Thursday that they are no longer in the running to land Deshaun Watson in a trade with the Houston Texans, a team source told ESPN. Browns met with Watson on Tuesday in Houston and tried to convince the quarterback to waive his no-trade clause to play for … Read more

Atlanta Falcons join division rivals in pursuit of Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson

12:04 p.m. ET adam schefter Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN NFL Insider Joined ESPN in 2009 Former President of the Pro Football Writers of America and author of four books chris mortensen Close NFL reporter Senior NFL ESPN Analyst Joined ESPN in 1991 winner of the George Polk Prize; Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize … Read more

Atlanta Falcons restructure Matt Ryan’s contract, lowering salary cap to $37 million

The biggest cap ever in the NFL is falling. The Atlanta Falcons are restructuring quarterback Matt Ryan’s contract, lowering the $48,662,500 cap he was originally set to be for the 2022 season by $12 million, according to Roster Management System. The team converted $7.5 million of his base salary and a $7.5 million bonus originally … Read more

Who stays ? Who is coming? Predicting the future of Atlanta Falcons free agents – Atlanta Falcons Blog

In January, shortly after the end of the 2021 season, Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot may have provided insight into the team’s strategy for this offseason. Yes, there would once again be constraints imposed by the team’s salary cap situation. And yes, that would likely mean tough decisions and the potential restructuring of future … Read more