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McClure retires after 14 years with Falcons

Posted March 25, 2013 @ 3:03 p.m. ET
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday that retiring C Todd McClure will have a new home in the team's Ring of Honor.

Gonzalez says he's returning to Falcons

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 5 p.m. ET
Tony Gonzalez, who has more catches than any tight end in NFL history, announced Tuesday he is returning to the Falcons in 2013.

SS Moore is staying with the Falcons

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 9:36 a.m. ET
The Falcons' defense will have a new look in 2013, but a familiar face, SS William Moore, will be back in the fold after agreeing to a five-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Financing terms reached for new Falcons stadium

Posted March 07, 2013 @ 4:17 p.m. ET
Terms have been reached for the Falcons' proposal to build a new $1 billion stadium, keeping the team's home games in the city's downtown.

Atlanta Falcons: 2013 team needs

Posted March 02, 2013 @ 2:50 p.m. ET
We highlight the top three needs on offense and defense for the Atlanta Falcons, and take a look back at their 2012 draft class.

Falcons release Abraham, Robinson, Turner

Posted March 01, 2013 @ 11:06 a.m. ET
The Falcons released DE John Abraham, CB Dunta Robinson and RB Michael Turner on Friday, the team announced. 

Ranking the NFL divisions for 2013

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 4:06 p.m. ET
PFW associate editor Kevin Fishbain takes an early stab at ranking the NFL's divisions for 2013, led by the NFC South.

Falcons QB Ryan has sprained shoulder, out of Pro Bowl

Posted Jan. 21, 2013 @ 3:29 p.m. ET
Falcons QB Matt Ryan sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game and won't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl.

49ers heading to Super Bowl after comeback win

Posted Jan. 20, 2013 @ 6:21 p.m. ET
The 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Falcons 28-24 Sunday, sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.

Friday injury report for conference championships

Posted Jan. 18, 2013 @ 6:03 p.m. ET
Here is the Friday injury report for the conference championships, showing to what degree injured players participated in their teams' practices.

The Pro Game: Strange days, indeed

Posted Jan. 17, 2013 @ 12:47 p.m. ET
Tom Danyluk discusses some of the odd moments in the semi-final round, and gives you his forecast on the Sunday’s championships.

Key matchup: Falcons OLT Sam Baker vs. the 49ers' Smiths

Posted Jan. 16, 2013 @ 12:08 p.m. ET
The 49ers' ruthless right side of Aldon Smith and Justin Smith will face off against a reborn left tackle in Sam Baker.

Intriguing story lines in championship weekend

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 3:59 p.m. ET
Breaking down all the key battles and matchups in championship game weekend.

Surprise contributors borne from great scouting

Posted Jan. 14, 2013 @ 1:35 p.m. ET
Some unsung units stepped up this weekend, which shouldn't be a surprise given how good the final four teams' scouting staffs are.

Falcons finally put away gutsy Seahawks

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 4:39 p.m. ET
Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes and overcame two interceptions in rallying the Falcons past the Seahawks, 30-28, on Sunday.

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Ryan, Matt (QB)

Posted April 15, 2013 @ 1:16 p.m.
Ryan says he is not focusing on contract talks as he appears destined to become the NFL's next $100 million quarterback. General manager Thomas Dimitroff says the Falcons hope to finalize a new deal with Ryan before the season.
Drew Brees, Tony Romo and Joe Flacco have recently signed five- or six-year deals worth at least $100 million. As the most recent Super Bowl winner, Flacco became the game's highest-paid player with his $120.6 million deal.

Umenyiora, Osi (DE)

Posted March 27, 2013 @ 9:06 p.m.
The Atlanta Falcons have found a replacement for John Abraham by reaching an agreement with free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora on a two-year contract. Terms of the deal weren't released. Umenyiora's agent, Tom Condon, couldn't be immediately reached for comment. The Falcons released the 34-year-old Abraham, who led the team with 10 sacks in 2012, on March 1.
With the 31-year-old Umenyiora, the Falcons have a slightly younger replacement at defensive end. Umenyiora had only six sacks for the Giants in 2012. He had a career-high 14 1/2 sacks in 2005, but has reached double figures in only one of the last four years - 11 1/2 in 2010. Umenyiora, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, was a second-round pick by New York in 2003.

Jackson, Steven (RB)

Posted March 14, 2013 @ 5:35 p.m.
The Atlanta Falcons have found their replacement for Michael Turner by agreeing to terms with free agent Steven Jackson on a three-year deal. The Falcons announced the agreement on Thursday, but did not release the terms.
The 30-year-old Jackson had 1,042 yards rushing and four touchdowns with the Rams last season. It was his eighth straight season with more than 1,000 yards rushing. Jackson has 10,135 yards rushing, the most of any active player. He set career highs with 1,528 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns with St. Louis in 2006.

Baker, Sam (T)

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 10:21 p.m.
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a six-year contract with Sam Baker, bringing back another key play on a team that came up just short of the Super Bowl.
The deal with Baker was announced late Tuesday night. It was overshadowed by the big news of the day in Flowery Branch - tight end Tony Gonzalez has decided to come back for another season at age 37, after initially saying he was likely to retire.

Gonzalez, Tony (TE)

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 1:44 p.m.
Gonzalez, who has more catches than any tight end in NFL history, announced Tuesday he is returning to the Falcons for the 2013 season.
Gonzalez said during the season he was 95 percent sure he would retire after the 2012 season. His productive season made it difficult to stick with the retirement plan. Gonzalez, who turned 37 last month, led the Falcons with 93 catches for 930 yards and eight touchdowns. Each total set a high for his four seasons in Atlanta. He added 14 catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the team's two postseason games.

Moore, William (S)

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 1:54 p.m.
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with Moore on a five-year contract.
Moore was a Pro Bowl alternate with Atlanta last season, when he had four interceptions and 105 tackles. He was one of the top names on the team's list of unrestricted free agents.

Smith, Antone (RB)

Posted March 05, 2013 @ 2:56 p.m.
The Atlanta Falcons have signed Smith to a two-year contract extension.
Smith has only one carry in three seasons with the Falcons. Playing primarily on special teams, Smith appeared in 13 games in 2012 and had four tackles. Smith, who first signed with Detroit as an undrafted college free agent before the 2009 season, was signed to the Falcons' practice squad during the 2009 season.

Ryan, Matt (QB)

Posted Jan. 21, 2013 @ 2:27 p.m.
Ryan sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game and won't be able to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl.
Coach Mike Smith says Ryan will need three to four weeks to recover from the injury, which was described as a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. No surgery is required.

Jones, Julio (WR)

Posted Jan. 21, 2013 @ 12:06 p.m.
Jones set an overall career high with 182 receiving yards and matched a personal best with 11 receptions and second twice in Sunday's NFC title game loss to the 49ers.
Jones broke out in his second season with 79 catches for 1,198 yards and 10 TDs. He is likely to be a top 5 fantasy receiver in 2013.

White, Roddy (WR)

Posted Jan. 21, 2013 @ noon
White caught seven balls for 100 yards in a loss to the 49ers in the NFC championship game Sunday.
This was a career playoff high for yards for White.

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