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Falcons sign fourth-round pick

The Atlanta Falcons signed fourth round draft pick defensive end Lawrence Sidbury on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sidbury, 6-3, 265 pounds, started in 31 of 52 career games at the University of Richmond, recording 145 tackles, 20.5 sacks and 38 tackles for loss.

July 16, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


New minority owners announced

Atlanta Falcons Owner and CEO Arthur M. Blank announced agreements with Ronald E. Canakaris, Douglas J. Hertz, Ed Mendel and Derek V. Smith for each to take a minority ownership position in Atlanta Falcons Football Club, LLC on Tuesday.

July 14, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Meet the Rookies: Walker happy to be at home with Falcons

Vance Walker wasn't the first defensive tackle the Atlanta Falcons chose in the 2009 NFL draft, but he might be the most well-known in Georgia. After a stellar four-year career at Georgia Tech, Walker is making the short move to Flowery Branch and says he couldn't be happier about it. Walker spoke with The Times sports editor Brent Holloway recently about his hometown celebrity status, what he's doing to get better during his down time and his addiction to video games.

July 13, 2009 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons


Meet the rookies: Adkins happy to represent 'The U'

For 14 consecutive years the University of Miami had at least one player drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, but that streak came to an end this year. In fact, the only member of the 2008 Hurricanes to get drafted was Spencer Adkins, who was selected in the sixth round by the Atlanta Falcons. Recently the linebacker sat down with Times sports reporter Jonathan Zopf to talk about life at "The U," why he chose to be a sociology major, and how the heat of Atlanta differs from Miami.

July 07, 2009 | Jonathan Zopf | Atlanta Falcons


Meet the rookies: Reynolds meets challenges with simple advice from dad

At 6-foot-8, Garrett Reynolds is accustomed to the view from above the crowd. But as a rookie on the Atlanta Falcons offensive line, he's finding himself looking up the depth chart for the first time since he was a freshman at North Carolina. The jolly giant who the Falcons picked in the fifth round of April's NFL draft spoke with The Times sports editor Brent Holloway recently about his background in football, the growth spurt that landed him a college scholarship, and his first Organized Team Activities with the Falcons.

June 30, 2009 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign sixth-round selection

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have signed their sixth-round draft choice, linebacker Spencer Adkins.

June 24, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Meet the rookies: Marist grad glad to be back in Atlanta

A two-sport star at Marist, William Middleton left high school with a state championship in football and baseball in his possession. After spending four years at Furman, Middleton is back in Atlanta playing for his hometown Falcons. Recently the fifth-round draft pick sat down with Times sports reporter Jonathan Zopf to talk about playing for his hometown team, giving up baseball and what it's like to be known as a small cornerback.

June 23, 2009 | Jonathan Zopf | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons young QB earning rave reviews from teammates

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons teammates say the quarterback will be even better in 2009 than he was when he won widespread acclaim as the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2008.

June 18, 2009 | By Charles Odum The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign two draft picks and release two players

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons signed third round draft pick cornerback Christopher Owens and fifth round selection offensive tackle Garrett Reynolds on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

June 17, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Sidbury showing smarts, skill as a Falcon

Lawrence Sidbury made his name on the football field terrorizing quarterbacks as a defensive end at Richmond and blazing through the NFL combine with an impressive showing. But there's more to Sidbury than the sacks that propelled Richmond to an FCS National Championship in 2008 and the 40-yard dash times that made him a hot NFL commodity. The defensive end, who the Falcons picked in the fourth round of this year's draft, ran the 100-yard dash on Richmond's track team and has been an honor roll student since high school. Sidbury spoke with Times sports editor Brent ...

June 15, 2009 | Brent Holloway | Atlanta Falcons


Get to know rookie Chris Owens

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith calls the battle between prospective starting cornerbacks one of the most competitive he's seen at voluntary workouts. In the middle of that battle is rookie Chris Owens, the former San Jose State standout who the Falcons selected in the third round of this year's draft. Last Wednesday, Owens sat down with Times sports reporter Jonathan Zopf to discuss how he got the nickname 'Flytrap", what he misses most about Los Angeles and how he thinks the Lakers will fare in the NBA Finals.

Q: You grew up in L.A. and weren ...

June 08, 2009 | | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta signs two draft picks

The Atlanta Falcons signed fifth round draft selection William Middleton and seventh round pick Vance Walker on Friday. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Middleton a 5-11, 194-pounds cornerback was the first of two draft picks (138th overall) for the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

June 05, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Jenkins key to Falcons passing attack

FLOWERY BRANCH - With just one play Michael Jenkins quieted the naysayers.

June 04, 2009 | Jonathan Zopf | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons sign wide receiver Brandon Godfrey

The Atlanta Falcons today signed undrafted free agent Bradon Godfrey.Godfrey, 6-3, 197 pounds, caught 128 receptions for 1,440 yards (11.3 avg.) and eight touchdowns in 36 career games at the University of Utah.

June 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


Clabo signs tender; Falcons release linebacker Brock Christopher

Atlanta Falcons offensive guard Tyson Clabo signed his restricted free agent tender today while the team released linebacker Brock Christopher.

June 03, 2009 | From staff reports | Atlanta Falcons


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Atlanta Falcons fined $350,000, lose 2016 draft pick for using fake noise

NEW YORK - The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons' free-agent plan may include keeping Julio Jones

ATLANTA - The Falcons' financially conservative approach to this year's free-agent signings may have been influenced by hopes of keeping star wide receiver Julio Jones from leaving next year.

March 24, 2015 | By Charles Odum Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons sign tight ends Jacob Tamme, Tony Moeaki

Jacob Tamme found the bigger offensive role he was looking for in Atlanta, where the Falcons were seeking a veteran tight end a year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.

March 19, 2015 | Associated Press and wire reports | Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons re-sign 2014 sacks leader Kroy Biermann

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed defensive end Kroy Biermann, who led the team in sacks last season.

March 18, 2015 | Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons


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