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Countdown to camp: Day 5 — Offensive line

  • 6:00 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Football is almost back!

Coach Mike Smith, who’s been out in Montana, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who’s been out cycling with Lance Armstrong, report back to the office today.

The rookies report Tuesday, the veterans Thursday and the first practice is set for Friday.

We started our countdown 10 days out.

Countdown to camp: Day 10 – The new coaches

Countdown to camp: Day 9 – Special teams

Countdown to camp: Day 8 – Defensive backs

Countdown to camp: Day 7 — Linebackers

Countdown to camp: Day 6 — Defensive line

Today, we’ll look at the revamped offensive line.

The Falcons signed guard [More]

Falcons sign Joe Hawley to two-year extension

  • 3:50 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Joe Hawley, who helped to stabilize the center position last season, was signed to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday, according to the Falcons.

Hawley played in all 16 games last season and started seven at center.

Hawley, 6-3, 302 pounds, was selected in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2010 NFL draft out.

He has played in 53 games with seven starts during his four seasons with the Falcons. 

Hawley saw his most extensive action in 2011, when he started 12 games.

The Falcons, who have elected not to use the franchise or transition tag this offseason, have agreed to terms with Hawley and [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]