An arbitrator ruled in favor of USC in a wrongful termination suit involving former Trojans head football coach Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian was reportedly seeking $30 million and argued that USC did not allow him to seek treatment for his alcoholism.
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick discussed the status of Falcons receiver Julio Jones as Jones holds out for an addendum to his contract. Vick showed his full support for Jones, who is fresh off a 1,444-yard season for Atlanta.
The Atlanta Falcons added a new defensive back by signing former Kansas City Chiefs free safety Ron Parker with a one-year contract. As Parker settles in with the Falcons, the veteran made it evident how highly he thinks of his new team.
Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green fielded questions from TMZ Sports about Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones sitting out mini-camp. Green agreed with the reporter’s statement that Jones was entitled to it before explaining why it was necessary.
Several members of the Atlanta Falcons praised rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley. Ridley, the former Alabama Crimson Tide playermaker, was drafted by the Falcons with the 26th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter offered his take on Julio Jones. While Ledbetter did say he believes a reworked contract for Jones will ultimately come to pass, he made it clear Jones’ actions have affected his relationship with the team.
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian discussed his final play call in the Falcons' NFC divisional round loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in January. The play was criticized by Falcons fans almost immediately after it did not work.
The Atlanta Falcons have spent little time on the NFL’s national anthem rules during OTAs. While the topic has not been discussed much among the coaches and teammates, it is clear they will stick together as one with whatever decision they come to.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was asked about Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s comment that he would be in Atlanta “forever.” Jones reaffirmed Blank’s statement and explained his absence isn’t about him being dissatisfied with his contract.
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff appeared on Andrew Brandt’s podcast and discussed Matt Ryan’s contract. As he explained the deal's timing, he discussed how Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shared his input in February.
Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen was at OTAs despite not having signed the second-round tender he has been offered. Allen, who is entering the fifth season of his NFL career, is slated to make $2.914 million if the restricted free agent signs.
Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank was named the 2018 Sports Executive of the Year. Blank received the award one year after Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened and the Atlanta United began its first season of competition.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn opened his post-practice media session with a statement about wide receiver Julio Jones not being at OTAs. Following the statement, the NFL head coach answered several questions about the five-time Pro Bowler.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman appears in the trailer for Sylvester Stallone’s new movie “Escape Plan 2: Hades,” a sequel to the 2013 film "Escape Plan." The film is set for a June 29 release and also stars Dave Bautista and 50 Cent.
Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu made a video to help Brianna Stoohs, a senior in Mahwah, N.J., pull off a promposal for her boyfriend Sam Darrow, a diehard Falcons fan. Along with the video, Sanu sent the high school junior an autographed football.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman came in as the No. 70 player in the NFL Top 100 players list. Freeman becomes the first Falcons player to make this year’s Top 100, which is voted on each year by players across the league.
Former Atlanta Falcons player DeAngelo Hall announced his retirement from the NFL. Hall, 34, is coming off his 14th season in the league. Hall played the first four seasons of his career with the Falcons then 10 seasons with the Washington Redskins.
The last time Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was in Atlanta during the regular season, he was having chemotherapy. On Sunday he scored eight points by himself to help his team beat the Falcons 29-28.