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Panthers sign Falcons castoff Thomas DeCoud

  • 10:59 pm Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Carolina signed former Falcons safety
Thomas DeCoud, the team announced on Thursday.

In 2012 DeCoud, 29, led Atlanta with six interceptions and ranked second in the league among safeties in that category. He was an alternate and played in the Pro Bowl.

He was not able to carry that level of performance into the 2013 season.

Last season, DeCoud dropped from being rated as the 64th safety in the league to the 83rd rated safety, by His overall play against the run and in coverage dipped dramatically.

He started 15 games and had 83 tackles. Releasing DeCoud, saved the Falcons $3 million.



Falcons sign S Dwight Lowery, CB Josh Wilson

  • 3:37 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons, who released starting free safety Thomas DeCoud and finished the season with two starting rookie cornerbacks, signed some veteran help for their secondary on Tuesday.

The two defenders were signed a day after the Saints matched an offer sheet that safety Rafael Bush had signed with the Falcons.

Safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Josh Wilson, both unrestricted free agents, were signed Tuesday. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Lowery, 28, was selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2008 NFL draft. He played three seasons with the Jets before being traded to Jacksonville on September 3, 2011.

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Falcons sign Bush to offer sheet

  • 7:26 pm Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

New Orleans safety Rafael Bush, a former practice squad player with the Falcons, has been signed to an offer sheet by the Falcons, according to his agent and the NFL transactions wire.

The Saints will have until April 8 to match the offer or lose Bush to Atlanta.

The Saints issued Bush a one-year, $1.4 million tender earlier this offseason. Bush was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State in 2010.

The Falcons did no comment about pending personnel moves.


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Agent: Kevin Cone set to sign with Dolphins

  • 1:29 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former Falcons and Georgia Tech wide receiver Kevin Cone is set to sign with the Miami Dolphins, according to his agent Mark Clouser.

The former Georgia Tech player who walked onto the team after transferring from NAIA Shorter College was one of two exclusive rights free agents and he did not received a tender offer from the team, according to NFLPA documents.

He has worked out for Carolina and was set to work out for the New York Giants on Friday.

Former #Falcons & GaTech WR Kevin Cone is signing with the Miami #Dolphins.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) [More]

Falcons contacted Clowney to set up private workout

  • 12:59 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, after his Pro Day work out on Wednesday, said the Atlanta Falcons contacted him to setup a private workout.

The Falcons hold the sixth pick in the NFL draft, which is set for May 8-10.

Clowney is considered the top player available in the draft and likely will not be available when the Falcons pick. The team would have to move up to select the All-America pass rusher.

The Falcons were well represented at South Carolina’s Pro Day by defensive line coach Bryan Cox, outside linebackers coach Mark Collins and Southeast scout Anthony Robinson.

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Godfather: Falcons to work out Lewan, Ealy

  • 8:58 am Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
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The Godfather has spoken.

The Falcons worked out Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, according to Gil “The Godfather” Brandt of

That completes the trifecta.

The Falcons have been previously linked to the other top tackles in the draft. They interviewed Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews at the combine.

Lewan is generally considered the third-rated tackle in the group, but wouldn’t be much of a reach at No. 6 if Robinson and Matthews are off the board.

Now, Lewan does have some baggage if you think misdemeanor assault charges are serious.  

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has Lewan going to the Bills, who have [More]

5 things to know about Jadeveon’s Judgment Day

  • 4:36 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

At the NFL combine, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney brushed off the notion that he was a slacker because he didn’t work out.

He kept repeating that he’d be ready for his Pro Day.

Well, April 2 is tomorrow and Michael Cunningham will travel over to Columbia, S.C. for Jadeveon’s Judgment Day.

He’s considered the top player in the draft, but the Houston Texans may pass on him. It is believed that the St. Louis Rams, who hold the second pick, will snap up Clowney immediately.

Clowney has said that he’d like to play for the Atlanta Falcons, who hold the No. 6 [More]

Julio Jones is running, ahead of schedule

  • 8:13 am Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
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Falcons coach Mike Smith said wide receiver Julio Jones is running and is ahead of schedule at the owner’s meeting in Orlando today, the team said.

“He’s doing a great job with (trainers) Marty (Lauzon) and AJ (Neibel),” Falcons coach Mike Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by phone on Wednesday. “He’s continuing to progress.”

What’s his timetable for a full return?

“That’s a decision that’s going to be made by the doctors who did the procedure on his return to play,” Smith said. “I know that he’ll get out there as soon as the doctors give him the OK. But he’s progressing very well through his rehab. [More]

Falcons awarded three compensatory draft picks

  • 6:27 pm Monday, March 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons will receive three additional draft picks — a fourth and two seventh round picks — in the upcoming NFL draft, which is set for May. 8-10.

The Falcons’ fourth-round pick will be the 39th pick of that round and 139th overall. The Falcons received two seventh-round picks. The 253rd and 255th overall.

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2014 NFL draft were awarded to 13 teams, the NFL announced today. 

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

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Devin Hester agreed to terms with the Falcons

  • 3:20 pm Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

With the Falcons looking to spruce up their return game, they have agreed to terms with former Chicago Bears returner Devin Hester on a three-year contract today, according to the team.

Over the past weekend, there was a report that the Falcons had Trindon Holliday in for a visit. He was not signed to a contract and agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Giants.

Hester, 31, who played at the University of Miami, had told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that he would love to play for the Dolphins.
Hester led the league in kickoff return yardage last season and [More]