Category Archives: Free Agency

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Four Falcons Trades That Make Sense in 2019

By Andy Gallagher

The new league season is just around the corner and, while free agency and the draft are the hot topics, there will be no shortage of players whose teams would consider moving on from them for a price. Thomas Dimitroff has shown that he’s happy to make trades in the past, acquiring Jordan Richards, Ty Sambrailo and Andy Levitre in recent years, but the Falcons’ cap situation is tighter than it has been previously.

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The Falcons currently have around $6.8 million in cap space for 2019 per Over The Cap. There is an assumption that the team will pay the incoming rookie class out of the money freed up by designating Ryan Schraeder as a post-June 1st cut or lowering Grady Jarrett’s cap number through a long-term extension. Given that the team likes to carry some cap space into the season for emergencies then they can probably afford to use about $3-4 million without restructuring any contracts.

So, if we look around the league, which players should the Falcons try to trade for and what would their likely prices be?

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Former Falcons Players in the Alliance of American Football (AAF)

By Andy Gallagher

With the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF) season set to kick off on February 10, Falcons fans will have the opportunity to reunite with some familiar (and some less familiar) faces. So, whether you’re planning on re-living the heartbreak of premature training camp cuts or convincing yourself that you were correct in questioning a midseason practice squad addition, here are some former Falcons who you can keep an eye on:

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Falcons 2018 Position Review: Wide Receiver

By Gabe Gonzalez 

The offseason is in full swing, with trades (the Chiefs got absolutely fleeced), mock drafts, and your favorite draft “expert” giving Lamar Jackson a second-round grade. The Atlanta Falcons are coming off an above average 10-6 redemption season that fell flat on its back on the two-yard line in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. This Super Bowl-depraved team is starving for a ring, and so is the rest of the fan base. Maybe 2018 will be the year?

Let’s take a step back and have an honest review of each of the positional groups for Atlanta. First off, the receivers. Continue reading

Five NFL Veterans the Falcons Could Sign Before the Regular Season

By Cory Woodroof

Look, I know, I know, these types of Atlanta Falcons articles are always shameless click pieces to get you to read along with things that probably won’t happen.

It’s a shameful exercise in…ok, I’ll get off my high horse, it’s kind of fun and interesting to speculate, no?

The Falcons under Dan Quinn have never shied away from adding talent off the street when they deem it necessary – just look at how they got Taylor Gabriel, or just last week, Austin Pasztor. They signed Philip Wheeler midway through 2015, too. O’Brein Schofield even came back for like a week last year (a sadly brief glimpse). So, y’know, it happens!

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2017 Atlanta Falcons Defense: On the Rise?

By: Griffin Houlihan

Young, Fast and Physical

Now, I’m not here to tell you the 2017 Falcons defense is going to be an all-time great, but I am here to tell you that the 2017 Falcons defense will be much improved, and one of the most exciting defenses in the league in 2017. Continue reading

Atlanta Falcons 2017 Free Agency Updating Thoughts

By Cory Woodroof

I’ll keep this short since this article is going to be updated a bunch throughout the next few days.

I’ll be keeping a tab on all the big Falcons free agency news here, offering quick thoughts before the grand free agency wave wrap ups. Continue reading

Episode 6: The Free Agents Strike Back—Rise Up Reader Podcast

Hello, Rise Up Reader faithful!

We’re back in the saddle for another fine episode of the Rise Up Reader Podcast, only our fearless leader/dapper fellow Michael Aprile is in absentia. Have no fear, though, because co-host Cory is joined this week by The Falcoholic’s Charles McDonald as a special guest host! Continue reading

THE RISE UP READER FALCONS FREE AGENCY MOCK DRAFT THING

By Cory Woodroof

What have we done?

We have created a monster – a horrific concoction of free agency and mock drafts into a Frankenstein of baseless analysis that makes no sense.

What we have done – in our shame and sadness – have crafted…a free agency mock draft. *lightening* Continue reading

Addressing the Falcons’ Biggest Needs

By Michael Aprile

By now, most of us have had enough time to try and digest what happened on February 5th, 2017. That day will forever be a scar in Falcons’ history—one that only a Super Bowl victory will be able to help us forget. Now that they’ve reached the cusp of greatness, many will be expecting Atlanta to get back there very soon, as soon as next season.

Thanks to drafting extremely well the past few seasons, signing impact free agents, and intelligently filling out the roster, the Falcons are in a position to get right back to the top, and this time they’ll be equipped to finish the fight. The Falcons don’t have many needs, but we’ll address the most glaring ones here, in no particular order. Continue reading

Cory’s 2017 Falcons Free Agency Wish List

By Cory Woodroof

Hello, faithful Falcons fans far and near!

How’rya holding up? I hope you’re doing better. We still lost the Super Bowl, but we’re also still a good football team! So, there’s that, right? Hey, look, free agency! Continue reading