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2018 Schedule
7-9, 2nd in NFC South

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn on three-year extension for OL Ty Sambrailo: “We are excited to bring Ty back as a part of our brotherhood. His versatility has proven to be one of his many strengths. We look forward to him being a valuable piece of the offensive line.” Sambrailo started at right tackle at the end of last season.

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6dVaughn McClure

Source: Falcons won't tender RFA Poole

The Atlanta Falcons will not tender restricted free-agent cornerback Brian Poole, which will allow him to become a free agent, a source confirms to ESPN.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons nickel back Brian Poole appeared to confirm ProFootballTalk's story that he won't be tendered as a restricted free agent and is headed to free agency. Coach Dan Quinn previously said Damontae Kazee, coming off 7 INTs, would be a candidate at nickle after playing free safety this past season. Ricardo Allen is coming back off an Achilles tender tear and will be the starting free safety alongside strong safety Keanu Neal, coming of an ACL tear. Falcons also likely to have Isaiah Oliver in the lineup at corner after releasing Robert Alford. Desmond Trufant also has played inside some covering in the slot but Falcons likely to stick with Trufant outside.

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7dJeremy Willis

The best cheesy Valentines from around the NFL

Nothing says "I love you" like an exquisite pun from your significant other's favorite NFL team. Here are some of the best from around the league, including from the league's leading Casanova, the Atlanta Falcons.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons LB Deion Jones talks about connecting with Hall of Fame LB Brian Urlacher after Urlacher praised Jones as one of the NFL's best.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

What vet kicker Matt Bryant told me about a possible return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: ``They are definitely an option. I could definitely [see myself] going back there to play. Wherever I go is the best-case scenario. Bucs special teams coach Keith [Armstrong] knows me, and I know him. We've worked together. There's a strong familiarity. I mean, there are all kind of things that go into this. Yes, I played there before. I still have a house there. But the bottom line is, it takes two. They might not still want me there. The teams that interest me are the teams that want me.'' Sources say there's definitely an interest from the Buccaneers in Bryant, although nothing can be done until Bryant's contract officially expires March 13 after the Falcons did not exercise Bryant's team option. Bryant, who turns 44 in May, said his body felt good after the season. He could see himself playing another three years.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons bringing back veteran linebacker Bruce Carter on a one-year contract. Provides depth and special teams ability. Carter, 30, played 74 defensive snaps in 11 games last season and had 14 combined tackles. Carter also had five tackles on special teams, third on the team behind Justin Bethel and Russell Gage. Falcons counting on their top three linebackers in Deion Jones, De'Vondre Campbell, and Foye Oluokun.

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Former Chiefs DC Sutton joins Falcons' staff

Bob Sutton joined the Falcons' staff as a senior assistant on Monday and will assist Dan Quinn with in-game strategy, managing the clock, usage of timeouts and replay.

McShay: Ed Oliver still 'an impact player' (0:22)
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15dVaughn McClure

Falcons to part ways with 43-year-old K Bryant

Veteran kicker Matt Bryant, the Falcons' all-time leading scorer, is parting ways with the team. Bryant, who will become a free agent in March, said he has no plans to retire.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons releasing kicker Matt Bryant, who turns 44 in May. Bryant had two years and $7 million left on his contract. His release saves $2,833,332 against 2019 cap. Bryant indicated he wants to keep playing. Falcons have kicker Giorgio Tavecchio signed through the 2019 season with a salary of $645,000 in '19.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

League source confirms to me that Falcons CB Robert Alford has been informed of his release. Team said they wanted to go in a different direction. Alford had two years and $17 million left on his deal. Falcons now likely to turn to Isaiah Oliver for a starting role. We'll see if they stick with veteran Desmond Trufant at the other corner, which seems likely.

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I'm sure this will devastate the Patriots: they finished fourth in FPI's final 2018 rankings.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Quavo of the Atlanta-grown rap trio "Migos" gives me his Super Bowl prediction after the SunTrust Confidence Classic celebrity flag football challenge at SunTrust Park. Quavo's team got blown out.

19dJeff Legwold

Reed, Bailey, Law, Gonzalez, Mawae make HOF

Four defensive backs -- Ed Reed, Champ Bailey, Ty Law and seniors finalist Johnny Robinson -- were among the eight men chosen for enshrinement by the Hall's board of selectors on Saturday.

Team Stats

Passing Yards290.8
Rushing Yards98.3
Points For25.910th
Points Against26.4