Crumpler part of USO tour

Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler will be among four NFL players that will travel to U.S. military bases throughout the Persian Gulf as part of the league’s annual NFL-USO tour. Joining Crumpler will be Patriots tight end Ben Watson, Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shelton Quarles. The NFL began this in 1966 during the Vietnam War. Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney was part of the tour...

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Falcons may be interested in Bly

Recent reports indicate that the Atlanta Falcons may attempt to acquire two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Dre’ Bly. Bly has spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions, and he and his agent were given recent permission by that organization to seek a trade. Over the weekend, NFL.com’s Adam Schefter reported that Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall had begun lobbying the team’s front office in order to acquire Bly. Hall...

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Outrage over Babineaux case

Judy Battista of the New York Times writes that there has been an outpouring of outrage over the circumstances surrounding Jonathan Babineaux’s involvement with the death of his girlfriend’s dog. From e-mails and phone calls to the Humane Society, as well as promptings by PETA for Babineaux to face year-long suspension and/or release. Babineaux has maintained his innocence in the matter, after being charged with felony...

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Falcons eye several prospects in Indy

KFFL.com reports that the Falcons have interviewed a number of prospects over the course of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Several prospects indicated they have spoken with the Falcons, including defensive ends Adam Carriker (Nebraska), Ikaika Alama-Francis (Hawaii), and LaMarr Woodley (Michigan). NFL Draft Countdown rates Carriker as the third best defensive end prospect in the draft, and all three ends are given “Day...

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Evaluating the Falcons: Linebackers

Linebacker, as far as the roster goes, is probably the most set position. The Falcons have experienced veterans and youth talent worth developing, so I don’t see any significant additions, just like there were none a year ago. Michael Boley and Keith Brooking will definitely be starters next year, but exactly where is not sure. Boley isn’t going to be moving from his strongside spot in 2007, but Brooking has the ability to...

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Falcons make a decision on Schaub
Feb27

Falcons make a decision on Schaub

Steve Wyche of the AJC writes that the Falcons plan to tender quarterback Matt Schaub at the highest level allowed for a restricted free agent. That level is $2.35 million. By tendering him at that level, any team that signs Schaub will have to compensate the Falcons with a first and third round draft pick in this upcoming year’s draft. Teams will be allowed to submit offer sheets to Schaub, and if he accepts, the Falcons will...

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Falcons won’t tag Kerney

NFL Analyst Adam Schefter reports that even if the Falcons wanted to place the franchise tag on defensive Patrick Kerney, they could not. Kerney’s contract does not officially void until February 23, with the deadline for tagging players on February 22. The last two years of Kerney’s seven-year contract that he signed in 2002 voided due to him meeting performance levels. Kerney will become an unrestricted free agent on...

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Falcons’ Babineaux denies abusing girlfriend’s dog

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux denied responsibility on Tuesday for the death of his girlfriend’s dog, which led to felony animal abuse charges against the former Iowa Hawkeye. Gwinnett County police said officers were dispatched Sunday evening to the Animal Emergency Center, where the staff told them that 24-year-old Blair Anderson had arrived with a pit bull mix that was dead...

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First round of interviews over in San Diego

AP sports writer Bernie Wilson writes that the San Diego Chargers have completed their first round of coaching interviews. The Chargers interviewed six candidates including Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on Saturday. The Chargers finished up their first round of interviews by talking to Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs on Sunday. No word if former Falcons head coach Jim Mora will also be interviewed for the job. With...

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Evaluating the Falcons: Defensive Line

This unit as a whole was a disappointment this year. Going into the season, many thought that the Falcons could have arguably the best starting four in the business with Kerney, Abraham, Coleman, and Jackson. But it proved not to be. Kerney, Abraham, and Coleman all battled injuries throughout the season. Jackson too was nicked up often, but didn’t miss a game. Coleman only missed one, but for much of the middle portion of the...

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