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Countdown to camp: Day 6 — Defensive line

  • 6:00 am Sunday, July 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The countdown can kick into overdrive this weekend.

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

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

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

The Falcons signed two free agents in [More]

Falcons DT Babineaux in London to promote game

  • 10:45 am Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux recently went to London to promote next season’s game against the Detroit Lions, which is set for Oct. 26.

The NFL will play three regular-season games over a span of six weeks in Wembley Stadium.

Babineaux, who re-signed with the Falcons this offseason, and Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan met with British NFL fans on the trip.

Here’s what Babineaux told during his visit:

“It’s my first time over to London and I love what I’ve seen,” Babineaux said. “I love the history and culture over here and the people have been very welcoming.

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Jonathan Babineaux thanks his family, fans

  • 9:53 am Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Defensive end Jonathan Babineaux, who played out a five-year, $25 million contract, re-signed with the Falcons at a reduced rate on Tuesday.

Babineaux, 32, signed a three-year extension at $3 million per year, which suggests the Falcons believe that the defensive tackle/end can handle a reduced roll in the defensive line rotation.

Babineaux, who was drafted in 2005 by the Falcons, was elated to have the opportunity to finish his career with the franchise.

“I started my NFL career 9 years ago as an Atlanta Falcon and I am happy to announce that I am continuing as a proud member of the Atlanta [More]

UPDATE: Babineaux agrees to 3-year extension with Falcons

  • 11:57 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

UPDATE 2 – 1:16 P.M.: Falcons defensive end Jonathan Babineaux has agreed to a three-year contract extension on Tuesday, according to the team.  

UPDATE: Falcons defensive end Jonathan Babineaux is closed to a three-year deal with the team in order to avoid him becoming an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. today, according to National Football Post.

Babineaux’s agent, Jack Bechta, is a contributor to the site and writes a wonderful column on the business side of the league called The Agent’s Journal.  

FLOWERY BRANCH — With less than 24 hours before the start of free agency, longtime Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Jonathan [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]