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Ask Osi Umenyiora about playing in Atlanta, and the Falcons' new defensive end smiles instantly.
Umenyiora says it's a blessing that he spent 10 years with New York, helped the Giants win two Super Bowls.
But after signing a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Falcons in late March, Umenyiora began a new phase of his career without having to depart for training camp and leave his 5-year-old son, his fiancee and his father - all of whom live with him in the Atlanta suburbs.
Umenyiora says ''it means the world'' to have them in his daily life, and he seems genuinely excited to longer be answering questions about his contract feuds with the Giants and his reduced role on New York's defensive line.
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On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons held their first padded practice of their 2013-14 season at their suburban Atlanta practice facility.
Players View was there and this is where they are at as they approach their first preseason game on August 8.
Pros: What Michael Turner used to give the Falcons in power, he handcuffed them with in his lack of flexibility.
The Falcons have installed...
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Atlanta Falcons fans can now rest easy as the organization and franchise quarterback Matt Ryan agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $103.75 million before training camp began Thursday. This extension includes $59 million guaranteed as well as $63 million for the first three years of the contract making Matt Ryan the second highest...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After participating in the first two days of practice, Tony Gonzalez departed training camp. The Falcons had said they would grant Gonzalez, who almost retired in the offseason, time in training camp to spend with his family in California, as his son Nikko, 12, is playing football for the first time.
Smith did not say when Gonzalez would return. He said the...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Tony Gonzalez wasn't kidding last year during the preseason when he stood before the media to announce the 2012 season would be his last while leaving himself a 5 percent chance of changing his mind.
When that percentage blossomed to 100 this past offseason, Gonzalez nonetheless said he had made previous family commitments that would require him to be away...
Let's set the record straight. Shawne Merriman is the one campaigning for the Atlanta Falcons to give him a close look, the team has expressed no real interest in him to this point. That said, this one just needs to float away on the raft of nonsense to end up on the island of misfit tweets.
The Falcons have done a superb job of drafting and picking up free agents that are high character, low
Peter Konz had his proverbial baptism by fire as a rookie when he started 12 games at right guard for the Atlanta Falcons.
Now that he's the starting center following the retirement of Todd McClure, Konz should be grateful for the experience when Atlanta opens the regular season Sept. 8 at New Orleans.
There's still much to learn, particularly in making the right calls...
Tony Gonzalez has found the perfect solution to keep both his family and the Atlanta Falcons happy.
Of course, the 13-time Pro Bowl tight end had plenty of leverage entering his final NFL season.
Gonzalez agreed in March to put off his retirement to return for a fifth year with the Falcons. In turn, the team agreed to let him miss part of training camp to spend time with his family...
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9. Falcons – Steven Jackson, ATL (6) has been and will continue to be the work-horse we all have grown to love. He has been one of the most consistent producer over the past 10 seasons. Jackson has...
While Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spoke to the media Friday at Wofford’s student center a flat-screen TV behind him showed “SportsCenter” highlights.
Every so often news of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s new contract scrolled across the bottom of the screen. A few minutes into Newton’s media session someone asked about the $100 million contract for Ryan the latest...
The Falcons started training camp on Thursday. Here's a little taste of what's been going on.....
Just three Pro Bowlers chillin' #aftc13 #RiseUp pic.twitter.com/hKzqKhisRY
— Daniel Cox (@FalconsDCox) July 25, 2013
Big A sandwich the #Falcons are selling. It's call "The Game Changer!" pic.twitter.com/T8dR2J8SSE
— D. Orlando...