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Bears-Lions, Bills-Cowboys, Saints-Falcons set for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Although it hasn't been officially announced by the NFL, the Thanksgiving slate of games appears to be set: Bears at Lions in the early game, Bills at Cowboys in the mid-afternoon, and Saints at Falcons at night. Despite a previous report that the Dolphins would visit Dallas on Thanksgiving, it's Buffalo traveling to Dallas on CBS. That's a rematch of two past Super Bowls, and the NFL is emphasizing games with historical significance in its 100th season.

Jones, Jarrett absent as Falcons launch offseason program

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Atlanta Falcons have started their offseason conditioning program without wide receiver Julio Jones for the second straight year. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett also did not attend the launch of the offseason program, which started Monday and continued Wednesday. The Falcons placed a $15.209 million franchise tag on Jarrett and hope to negotiate a new long-term deal with the leader of the team's defensive front.

Thanksgiving night rematch for Saints and Falcons

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

For the second consecutive year, the Saints and Falcons will meet on Thanksgiving night. Last year they played in New Orleans, and this year they're playing in Atlanta, according to multiple reports. The Thanksgiving night game is always on NBC, after the early game in Detroit and the late afternoon game in Dallas.

Tracking Eagles’ 2019 schedule leaks before tonight’s announcement

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, the Eagles will open their schedule at home against Washington, before heading on the road to take on the Atlanta Falcons in a Sunday Night Football contest on NBC. According to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, the Jets will be in town for Week 5. According to TheAthletic's Jeff Howe, the Patriots will be in town for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff in Week 11. Art Stapleton has the Giants' schedule too, so there's two more games.

NFL notebook: QB Wilson becomes league’s top-paid player

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson agreed to a four-year extension worth a reported $140 million, making the franchise quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL. The deal, which includes a $65 million signing bonus and no-trade clause, was reached late Monday night. Wilson confirmed the new deal in a Twitter post early Tuesday.

Atlanta Falcons sign OL John Wetzel, DE Chris Odom

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

The Atlanta Falcons have signed offensive lineman John Wetzel to a one-year contract and defensive end Chris Odom to a two-year deal. Wetzel played in 40 games, including 24 starts, with the Arizona Cardinals over the last three seasons. The 6-foot-7, 328-pounder can play both tackle and guard, adding depth to a revamped unit up front.

Julio Jones got a new contract last time he skipped OTAs, but will it work this time?

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is in search of a new contract, so he will take the “optional” in “optional team activities” literally. The six-time Pro Bowler was not at the first day of OTAs on Monday, according to a report from ESPN, although the team is not concerned because he is expected to rejoin the team for mandatory workouts in June. Jones did not show up for last year's optional workouts as well because he thought he was worth more than he was scheduled to make.

Falcons agree to 1-year deal with former Saints DT Davison

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The Atlanta Falcons continued to bolster their defensive line by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with tackle Tyeler Davison. Davison started 12 of 14 games with the New Orleans Saints last season and had two sacks with 23 tackles. The addition Saturday comes after the Falcons signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a one-year deal Tuesday.

NFL notebook: Steelers’ Foster requests social – media ceasefire

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Pittsburgh guard Ramon Foster is asking his ex-teammates to stop the criticism of current Steelers players. The latest social-media salvo was fired early Thursday morning by former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who called quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a racist in a series of tweets. Mendenhall, who played for Pittsburgh from 2008-12, was addressing accusations that wideout Antonio Brown quit on the team when he did not play in the 2018 season finale.

NFL releases 2019 preseason schedule

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

The NFL released the 65-game 2019 preseason schedule Tuesday, kicking off with the Hall of Fame game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio. After the Broncos-Falcons clash (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), there are four nationally televised games scheduled for Week 2 of the preseason and three more for Week 3.