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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]

UPDATE: Falcons are $10.1 million under the salary cap

  • 1:51 am Friday, March 14th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

After the recent $80.5 million free agency spending spree, the Falcons are $11.6 million under the $133 million salary cap, according to NFLPA documents.

UPDATED SUNDAY AT 8:40 AM: The NFLPA documents have been updated to include Joe Hawley’s contract. The Falcons have $10,194,447.00 million (top 51) under the cap for 2014, according to NFLPA documents.


Current Contracts:58

TR Share:$353,718,750.00

Adjusted Cap: $135,743,934.00

Benefit Share: $33,250,000.00

Team Cap: $125,549,487.00

Salary Cap: $133,000,000.00

Cap Room: $10,194,447.00


Previous Year Carryover:$3,129,200.00

Sportrac has the Falcons cap space at $9.639,256

ORIGINAL POST: The Falcons now have 57 players under contract, but counting the top 51, per league rules, they have used up [More]

Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

  • 7:51 pm Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, signed a five-year contract after becoming an unrestricted free agent. Terms of his deal were undisclosed, but it averaging $4.5 million per year.

Asamoah was recently married and his wife is in medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

He’s expected to help the Falcons re-establish a firm passing pocket for quarterback Matt Ryan.

Here’s a Q&A with Asamoah from earlier today:

Q: Why did you select the Falcons in free agency?

A: I look at the team and the players that we have here, especially on offense, it’s incredible. Watching [More]

VIDEO: Reaction to Falcons free agent moves

  • 4:10 pm Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Jeff Schultz join CineSport’s Noah Coslov to review the Falcons’ signings on the first day of free agency and to discuss where the team still has needs.

Dimitroff believes Falcons added grit and toughness

  • 6:54 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Just chatted with Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff on a conference call and he believes the team added some grit and toughness in free agency today.

He was on his way to dinner with the new players. He was probably heading to Chops or the Capital Grille in Buckhead.

He also believed the team retained some key players and said they will continue to run a hybrid 4-3 and 3-4 defense with no scheme change in store.

Here are some of the tweets from the call.

FREE AGENCY FRENZY: Asamoah, Jackson and Soliai agree to deals with Falcons

  • 11:39 am Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

UPDATE: 4:36 P.M: — The Falcons agreed to a five-year contract with offensive guard Jon Asamoah on Tuesday.

“We have agreed to a deal,” said Joe Panos, Asamoah’s agent. “Jon took less to go to Atlanta, flat out. The reasons are because number one, he knows they are going to win. The stability of the organization and the guy he’s blocking for, Matt Ryan and the coaching staff and Mike Tice.

“Those are the big reasons why he left money on the table to play in Atlanta. I think it says a lot about his character and what kind of man that he is.”

The [More]

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]