JUNE 30 FALCONS SIGN BRADLEY PINION The Atlanta Falcons added to their special teams unit on Thursday, signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Bradley Pinion, per NFL Network.
Pinion, a fifth-round pick in 2015, spent four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before playing the last three with the Bucs. He won a ring with the Bucs in Super Bowl LV.
Now Pinion is likely to become the starter for Dom Maggio and undrafted free agent Seth Vernon.
JUNE 27 AP FIGHTING BELL Former Pro Bowl running backs Adrian Peterson and Le’Veon Bell put on their helmets for boxing gloves in late July.
On July 30, Peterson is scheduled to fight Bell at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Peterson and Bell are on the undercard at Social Gloves 2, a boxing event promoted by YouTubers and celebrities for exhibition matches.
JUNE 18 FALCONS ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP DATES The Atlanta Falcons have announced that training camp will run from July 29 to August 25.
The organization is holding a fan event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 15.
JUNE 14 FALCONS TRY SIX FREE AGENTS The Atlanta Falcons set up a tryout for six free agents on Tuesday: WR Emeka Emezie, OL Adam Coon, OL Jonathan Harrison, ILB Dakota Allen, DL Jalen Dalton and DL Isaiah Buggs.
The Falcons will hold another minicamp practice on Wednesday.
JUNE 13 PRESEASON TV PROGRAM The Atlanta Falcons have officially released their pre-season schedule and the national television schedule has been announced. Here is an overview of the three games:
Week 1 @ Detroit Lions – Fri, Aug. 12, 6 p.m. – NFL Network
Week 2 @ New York Jets – Mon, Aug. 22 (Monday Night Football), 8 p.m. – ESPN
Week 3 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sat. Aug. 27, 3 p.m. – NFL Network
The Falcons and Jaguars will have mixed practices in the days leading up to the third and final preseason game.
JUNE 3 BULLARD AT MINNY The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Jonathan Bullard.
Bullard is expected to make just over $1 million this season, a slight increase from his $990,000 contract with the Falcons.
Bullard returns to the NFC North after being drafted by the Chicago Bears and spending the 2016-18 seasons in the Windy City.
Upon joining Minnesota, Bullard played for five organizations in as many seasons.
JUNE 2 FITZ RETIRES Journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has retired from the NFL, according to a Tweeter of his former teammate Fred Jackson.
Fitzpatrick played for nine teams during his 17-year NFL career. He played for the St. Louis Rams (2005-06), Cincinnati Bengals (2007-08), Buffalo Bills (2009-12), Tennessee Titans (2013), Houston Texans (2014 ), New York Jets (2015-16), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017-18), Miami Dolphins (2019-20), and Washington Football Team (2021).
JUNE 1 NEW MADDEN COVER For the first time since 2000, John Madden will be on the cover of the video game that bears his name.
The Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster died in December at the age of 85.
Madden 23 is set to release in August.
MAY 29 NO AB IN ’22 Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown will not play in the NFL in the 2022 season, he said in an interview on a Fan Controlled Football League live broadcast.
Brown sadly dropped out in the middle of a December Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New York Jets and was cut shortly after.
Brown, a Super Bowl champion and four-time All-Pro receiver, hasn’t officially retired, but it’s very possible he made his finals in the NFL.
MAY 26 DB TO RB The Atlanta Falcons take the idea of ”position flexibility” to another level by moving cornerback Avery Williams from defense to offense.
The newest addition to the running backs room, Williams was drafted in the fifth round last year at Boise State. In 15 games played last year, he recorded 22 combined tackles, one pass defended and one forced fumble, but was most notable as a returner. Williams — who played running back in high school — returned 20 punts for 153 yards and 23 kicks for 490 yards.
Now how does he get shots in a backfield already featuring Cordarrelle Patterson, Damien Williams, Qadree Ollison, Caleb Huntley, Tyler Allgeier and Jeremy McNichols? This is the next challenge.
MAY 25 KAEPERNICK IN TRAINING FOR THE RAIDERS The Las Vegas Raiders welcome quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a practice.
Kaepernick received praise and scrutiny for kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 NFL season, the last year he played in the NFL.
Kaepernick, 34, spent the 2011-16 seasons with the Niners.
MAY 25 FALCONS SIGN MALONE The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with another member of their rookie class on Tuesday, signing third-round rookie DeAngelo Malone, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.
Malone signed a 4-year, $5,229,582 contract with the Atlanta Falcons and is expected to earn a base salary of $705,000 in his rookie season.
MAY 23 THE COLTS SIGN FOLES The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
Foles will reunite with former offensive coordinator Frank Reich at Indy and is expected to support former Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
MAY 16 FALCONS SIGN EX-PACKERS WR On Monday morning, the Falcons signed six-year veteran NFL wide receiver Geronimo Allison.
Allison spent the first four seasons of his career with the Green Bay Packers, followed by an injury-filled season in 2021 with the Detroit Lions.
In his first five years in the league, Allison caught 89 passes for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns.
MAY 14 FALCONS CUT PAIR OF VETS The Atlanta Falcons have waived 2019 fourth-round pick CB Kendall Sheffield and tight end Ryan Becker.
Sheffield spent three seasons with the Falcons, but saw his playing time dwindle with each season. Last year, Sheffield played just nine of 17 games in a reserve role, registering a meager four tackles.
Becker has been an occasional member of the squad since signing in April 2021. However, he was not on the active roster during the season.
MAY 13 FALCONS GET WR The Falcons acquired Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Bryan Edwards in a trade, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Edwards, a 2020 third-round pick from South Carolina, started 12 games last season for the Raiders, catching 34 passes for 571 yards and three touchdowns.
Edwards has two years left on his rookie contract and will compete for a starting spot alongside Auden Tate and Olamide Zacchaeus.
The Raiders are also sending a 2023 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round pick.
OFFERS FOR MAY 12 ROOKIES First-round pick Drake London tops the list of signings for the day. USC’s 6-foot-4 wide receiver is on board, along with BYU running back Tyler Allgeier. Also under contract now: Georgia tight end John FitzPatrick and O lineman Justin Shaffer.
MAY 12 SHARPE SIGNS ELSEWHERE Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Tajae Sharpe has signed with the Chicago Bears.
Sharpe played in 15 games last season with the Falcons, catching 25 passes for 230 yards.
With Sharpe out of Atlanta, Auden Tate and Olamide Zacchaeus should see their roles expand.
MAY 5 KWIATKOSKI VISITS According NFL Networkthe Atlanta Falcons welcome veteran linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski for a visit Thursday.
Kwiatkoski, who turns 29 later this month, has spent the past two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders after four seasons with the Chicago Bears.
The seven-year veteran played just eight games in a reserve role for the Raiders last season after starting in his 12 appearances the previous year.
MAY 5 JERRY JONES HOSPITALIZED Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was allegedly involved in a car accident in Dallas on Wednesday night.
Jones, who turns 80 in October, was taken to Parkland Hospital as a precaution.
His injuries were not considered serious and he was released shortly thereafter.
SETTING OF THE DATES OF THE MINICAMP OF MAY 3 The Falcons will host Rookie Minicamp May 13-15.
Off-season training (OTA) will take place May 24-26, June 1-3, and June 6-9.
The obligatory minicamp will take place from June 14 to 16.
MAY 2 HONEY BADGER RETURNS HOME Just days after the NFL Draft, it was revealed that the New Orleans Saints are expected to sign safety Tyrann Mathieu in the coming days.
Mathieu, a New Orleans native, spent the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and was part of the Super Bowl LV championship team.
Now he’s set to join the Atlanta Falcons’ biggest rival and face them twice a year.
APRIL 22 SENATE IN BUCS Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign defensive lineman Deadrin Senat to a one-year contract, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.