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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons are targeting linemen in free agency

  • 6:30 am Monday, March 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Kansas City Chiefs free agent offensive guard Jon Asamoah started nine games in 2013. (Scott Cunningham / Getty Images)

FLOWERY BRANCH — The legalized tampering period started Saturday at 4 p.m. and agents around the league were giddy.

With an increase in the salary cap from $123 million to $133 million, the agents are expecting more robust deals this season.

Defensive end Red Bryant (above in video from the Super Bowl) landed a deal with Jacksonville after being released by Seattle.

“History tells you that there will be more deals out there for big money than there were last year,” said ESPN analyst Bill Polian, a former general manager and six-time winner of the executive of the year award. “The biggest [More]

Falcons $26.7 million under cap, can pursue Jairus Byrd

  • 8:16 pm Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Jairus Byrd, safety, defense, Bufallo Bills, free agency, NFL, football, Atlanta Falcons

The free agency picture became a little clearer with the passing of the franchise and transition tag deadline on Monday.

The biggest news of the day was that Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive back, was not tagged and appears to have a clear path to the open market.

The Falcons now have 53 players signed, but counting the top 51, per league rules, the Falcons are at $113.3 million against the cap, according to National Football League Players Association documents. The cap for next season will increase to $133 million.

Once the $7 million slot that Tony Gonzalez is [More]

Here’s the deal on the Thomas DeCoud dilemma

  • 12:34 pm Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Safety Thomas DeCoud is a member of the Atlanta Falcons. You know, today.

He may be released in the near future.

He may not be released in the near future.

When the team was asked to clarify his status they stood by their longstanding policy not to address “rumors.”

There is a lot of speculation surrounding DeCoud because of the dip in his play last season. We’ve been reporting since January that he was a potential salary cap casualty.

The Falcons could elect to part ways with cornerback Asante Samuel (saving $4.5 million), safety Thomas DeCoud ($4.2 million), running back Steven Jackson ($3 million), linebacker Stephen [More]

What’s next? A look at top 5 free agent targets

  • 6:00 am Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

After the release of cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas, what’s next for the Falcons?

It’s pretty clear they are going free agent shopping come March 11.

“We have a good situation as far as the cap space,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an exclusive interview at the Super Bowl in New York. “We’re good from a cap standpoint as far as entertaining certain options in free agency.”

He was clearly foreshadowing the cuts of Samuel and Nicholas.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean we are going to go big or go home,” Dimitroff said. “It does mean, however, that [More]