Found March 29, 2013 on Football Nation:
For the Atlanta Falcons, the rise to finishing the puzzle has been one missing piece away for the past few years. They get Matt Ryan and Michael Turner in 2008 and begin their uphill trek.  With the addition of Tony Gonzalez in 2009 to aide veteran wideout, Roddy White, everything was starting to fall into place.  And now, the Falcons from HOT-lanta, who have made the postseason for three straight years, seem to have all their pieces in place to make an impressive run towards the Lombardi Trophy.An extensive off-season for the boys in Atlanta has made things in the NFC South quite interesting.  First and foremost, the retention of the greatest tight end to ever play the game, Tony Gonzalez. The man will be entering his 16th season in the NFL with only his second team and no championship ring.  The perennial Pro-Bowler pulled in 930 yards and 8 touchdowns last year and was hesitant about returning for a 16th season. After talks continued and the owners in Atlanta began filling holes,...

Umenyiora primed to help Falcons' title chase

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Osi Umenyiora was 13 when he emigrated from London to Auburn, Ala. His first sport was the European version of football. The nimble 6-foot-3, 255-pounder still likes to dabble in the game, and that it has helped his footwork as a premier pass-rusher in the American version of the sport that shares the same name. Umenyiora only played two years of high school...

Osi Umenyiora Signs With the Atlanta Falcons, What is Left for the Pats?

Late last night, the Atlanta Falcons signed Osi Umenyiora to a two-year deal, thus replacing defensive end John Abraham and further bolstering a great set of offseason pick ups and re-signings. The deal was completely at a measly $8.5 million, with a max of $12 million and $5 million guaranteed. The bar continues to be lowered for the defensive end market, similar to what happened...

Is the signing of Osi Umenyiora enough to put the Falcons in the Super Bowl?

The Atlanta Falcons signed DE Osi Umenyiora for a 2 yr contract for $8.5 million.  Osi Umenyiora played for the NY Giants 2003-2012. He played college ball at Troy State. Osi Umenyiora will fix the Falcons pass rush this season. The Falcons cut DE John Abraham last month to make some room to add a bigger and faster pass rusher. The Atlanta Falcons had problems in the front line...

Osi Umenyiora squashes beef with New York Giants GM

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora does not leave New York in a bad cloud of dust. Over the years he and New York Giants general manager Jerry Reece have had more than their fair share of knock down drag out wars. Of course they were all over money. Now that everyone has moved on, Umenyiora told the New York Daily News that it was important for he and Jerry leave on positive...

Osi Umenyiora Says Falcons Are “Most Talented Team He’s Ever Seen In His Life” (Video)

Osi Umenyiora got his wish yesterday when he signed a two-year deal with the Falcons.  Umenyiora lives in Atlanta and is ecstatic about the signing. During his introductory press conference today, Umenyiora said that the Falcons are the “most talented team he’s ever seen,” according to 

Atlanta Falcons Free Agency Tracker

Free Agency isn't exactly moving forward at the speed of light but since we all have lives (well at least some of us) it's still possible to miss a move or two. With that in mind I thought I would re-cap exactly where the Falcons are in free agency in terms of players re-signed, players signed and players lost. Re-Signed  ...

Osi Umenyiora leaves the Giants for the Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons continue to sure up their roster after losing to the Niners in the playoffs being just minutes from heading to the Superbowl. After 10 seasons, two Super Bowl titles and two Pro Bowls as a member of the New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora heads south and won’t even have to spring for new digs. The defensive end has come to terms with the Atlanta Falcons, signing...

Osi Umenyiora Says Falcons Are “Most Talented Team He’s Ever Seen” (Video)

Osi Umenyiora got his wish yesterday when he signed a two-year deal with the Falcons.  Umenyiora lives in Atlanta and is ecstatic about the signing. During his introductory press conference today, Umenyiora said that the Falcons are the “most talented team he’s ever seen,” according to

Osi Umenyiora: Falcons are ‘most talented team I’ve probably seen in my life’

Osi Umenyiora was unhappy with the way his role had diminished with the New York Giants over the past couple of seasons, which is why the veteran defensive end seems thrilled to have signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Umenyiora played a significant role on two Super Bowl champion teams in New York, but those teams were not the best he has seen from a talent standpoint...

Dwight Freeney sandbagging with contract demands

When Osi Umenyiora signed with the Atlanta Falcons for a base earning of $8.5 million, Dwight Freeney was taking notes. Freeney, now 33 years old, is looking for a deal that exceeds that of Umenyiora, who is just 31 years of age, according to a report by Ian Rapoport. The knee-jerk reaction would be to call Freeney's demands crazy. His level of play was not nearly as high...

Former Louisville QB Earns Coaching Gig

Former Louisville quarterback Adam Froman has been hired as the quarterbacks coach at Valdosta State University, a Division 2 school in Valdosta, GA. He spent the previous two seasons at LSU as a volunteer administrative assistant. “We are excited to add Adam to our staff,” said Valdosta State head coach David Dean in an official statement from the university. “He brings a...

Osi Umenyiora Agrees To Two Year $8.5 Million Deal With Atlanta Falcons

The Deal came two days later than was expected, but a deal has been made.  Jay Glazer is reporting that Osi Umenyiora and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a 2 year $8.5 million deal that could balloon to as much as $12 million. #RISEUP — Osi Umenyiora (@OsiUmenyiora) March 28, 2013 Osi Umenyora is the newest Falcon as he has agreed to a 2 year deal — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer...

Report: Brent Grimes Agreed to Terms on One-Year, $5.5 Million Deal With Dolphins

Brent Grimes couldn’t have hit free agency at a worse time. The one-time Pro Bowler was one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL in 2010 before missing four games in 2011 and the entire 2012 season with injuries. The 29-year-old will be able to prove himself on a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, though. Grimes agreed to terms on a $5.5 million contract with $3 million guaranteed...
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