Kelvin Hayden signs with Falcons

UPDATE: Jason La Canfora reports that the Falcons have agreed to terms with Hayden. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports that free agent cornerback Kelvin Hayden visited the Falcons on Tuesday and could be on the verge of signing with them today. Hayden was released by the Colts at the end of the lockout before camps opened up. He suffered a neck injury late last season, missing five games, and finished the year on the injured reserve....

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Falcons could get salary cap relief from Vick deal

The Falcons could receive future salary cap credits from the $6.5 million that former quarterback Michael Vick still owes them according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Such credits are reviewed on a case-by-case basis according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, and whether or not the Falcons can get some added cap relief is under review by the league. Vick signed a six-year $100 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on...

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Sanders signs one-year deal with Falcons
Aug30

Sanders signs one-year deal with Falcons

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that free agent safety James Sanders agreed to a one-year deal with the Falcons today. Sanders visited and worked out for the Falcons earlier today, after being cut by the New England Patriots on Monday. Sanders is a six-year veteran that served off and on as a starter for the Patriots since being drafted by them in the fourth round of the 2005 draft out of Fresno State. He has played both free and strong...

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Romberg returns to Falcons

The Falcons announced the release of six players today to get their roster number down to 79 players. Instead of that extra spot being filled by safety James Sanders, the team opted to sign center Brett Romberg in the wake of the news that starting center Todd McClure is out for at least the season opener. Romberg has been out of football since being cut by the Falcons last September. Romberg joined the Falcons prior to the 2009...

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Robinson will sit out against Ravens

Knox Bardeen of CBS Sports reports that cornerback Dunta Robinson (hamstring) will not appear in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens. Falcons head coach Mike Smith indicates that the teams starters will get a reduced a role in that contest, but Robinson will not be among them. Chris Owens has started in Robinson’s stead the past two preseason contests as he’s been nursing that injured...

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Falcons begin cutdown to 80 with two

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons have released running back Philip Sylvester and linebacker LaMarcus Thompson. Ledbetter also reports that the following players were not at practice today: Wide receivers Doug Beaumont and Tim Buckley, cornerback Kirk Belgrave, and linebacker Youri Yenga. However it has not been confirmed that those players were release, it is likely. The Falcons needed to cut five players today...

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Hawley expected to start Week 1
Aug30

Hawley expected to start Week 1

Falcons head coach Mike Smith ruledthat center Todd McClure was out for the team’s regular season opener against the Chicago Bears today, following knee surgery on Monday. That likely means that the Falcons will turn to Joe Hawley as his replacement. Hawley is McClure’s top backup, and was drafted by the team last year in the fourth round as the heir apparent to McClure, who’s contract expires at the end of this...

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Falcons will take a look at Sanders

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Falcons will meet with free agent safety James Sanders on Tuesday. Sanders was released by the New England Patriots earlier today. Sanders is well-known to Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, who was in New England when that team drafted Sanders in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. In his six seasons with the Patriots, Sanders provided valuable depth for the Patriots at both free and strong safety in...

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McClure could miss season opener
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McClure could miss season opener

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reportsthat Falcons center Todd McClure underwent a minor surgical procedure on his knee on Monday according to head coach Mike Smith. Smith did not reveal a timetable for McClure’s return, although it appears likely that he could miss a week or two which would jeopardize his potential to start in the Falcons season opener against the Chicago Bears on September 11. McClure started this past...

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Lofton could be in store for a big year

Twelve weeks ago, I wrote that the Falcons needed middle linebacker Curtis Lofton to step up this year. And according to a write-up by the National Football Post’s Dan Pompei, it seems like the coaching staff thinks the same way. Because according to Pompei the Falcons coaching staff have given Lofton more leeway to be a leader in the middle of that defense. Pompei writes that Lofton will be given the responsibility of calling...

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