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Falcons bringing back safety Kemal Ishmael on a 1-year, $2.5 million deal, Adam Schefter reports. Falcons need depth at safety, and GM Thomas Dimitroff said Ishmael also could play some weak side linebacker moving forward. Ishmael a key contributor on special teams as well. Not to mention he represented the Falcons at the Ed Block Courage awards this past weekend for his community service. Ishmael coming off season-ending shoulder injury and known as a big hitter. He's an asset the team needed back.

i?img=%2Fi%2Fcolumnists%2Fmcclure_vaughn_m.jpg&w=80&h=80&scale=cropVaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer

Falcons bring back versatile defender Kemal Ishmael on one year deal

We warmly welcome back one of the team’s most versatile players.

by Dave Choate Mar 13, 2017, 10:14pm
 
The Atlanta Falcons have locked down one of their most valuable reserves, bringing back veteran safety/linebacker/special teamer/interception artist Kemal Ishmael.
 

Kemal Ishmael agrees to terms with Falcons. One year $2.5 million. Per source.

 

It’s an exceedingly reasonable price for Ishmael, who will be 26 years old in May, has been an impressive player since he arrived in Atlanta back in 2013 as a seventh round draft choice. It’s worth taking a closer look at what his re-signing means for the Falcons.

How will Ishmael impact the Falcons?

Ishmael does so many little things the Falcons need that his return is a welcome one. He’s the most experienced reserve safety on the roster, having spent time there under two different head coaches, and he’s started more than a full season’s worth of games there, as well.

Last year, Ishmael got some run at linebacker and looked good doing so, mostly because his aggression and physicality play well anywhere on the field. Given that the team does not have a lot of options under contract currently, it seems likely that Ishmael will get a longer look at that position as a starter than we would’ve dreamt a year ago.

Ishmael is also arguably the team’s best special teamer outside of Eric Weems, so I’d fully anticipate that Keith Armstrong will continue to use him. Even if Ishmael doesn’t start a single game—a distinct possibility—his presence will be felt on this roster.

Where will he be on the depth chart?

This one is tricky to answer, because Ishmael is so versatile and we don’t yet know what the Falcons are going to do in free agency. I’m going to guess that he’ll wind up functioning as sort of a super sub, backing up Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen and also chipping in at linebacker when needed. He’ll have plenty of value—and considerable run—in that role.

It’s also worth noting that Ishmael will remain a core special teamer, probably ranking in the top five for special teams snaps over the course of the 2017 season.

For starters, Ishmael may legitimately get a chance to start at weakside linebacker, where he got some run in 2016 and played impressively well.

Ishmael is one of the better seventh rounders in recent Falcons history, and now he’ll get to continue building on his career in Atlanta, potentially with a shot to start at weakside linebacker. Welcome back, Kemal!

http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2017/3/13/14803704/kemal-ishmael-re-signs-atlanta-falcons-2017-nfl-free-agency

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Falcons sign WR Andre Roberts to 1-year, $1.8M deal

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The Atlanta Falcons have signed free-agent receiver Andre Roberts to a one-year deal worth $1.8 million with $750,000 guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano.

Roberts, who turned 29 in January, signed with the Lions during the spring of 2016. He won the No. 4 receiving job and became the team's starting punt and kick returner.

As a reserve receiver, Roberts had 14 catches for 188 yards and one touchdown. His biggest catch was a 27-yard reception to set up Matt Prater's game-tying 58-yard field goal against Minnesota in Week 9.

Roberts has played with Arizona, Washington and Detroit in his career, appearing in 103 games and notching 243 receptions for 2,899 yards and 14 touchdowns.

His bigger value for the Lions last season came as a returner, where he had two punt returns for touchdowns -- the first of his career. As a returner, he has 86 career kick returns for 2,047 yards and one touchdown, and 88 punt returns for 729 yards and two touchdowns.

ESPN's Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18903509/andre-roberts-signs-atlanta-falcons

 

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Dontari Poe might be out of Falcons' price range

7:43 AM ET
 
Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer
 

Dontari Poe is not an Atlanta Falcon, at least not yet.

Poe, the top free-agent nose tackle and formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, visited the Falcons' facility on Tuesday but left without a contract. It was the third stop on Poe's free-agent trek following visits to Indianapolis and Jacksonville.

Now Poe is in Miami visiting the Dolphins, as ESPN's Josina Anderson reported. The fact that he hasn't secured a contract yet makes you wonder about his asking price. It also raises questions about his health, with reported concerns about Poe's back.

If it is all about the money, it would be surprising if the Falcons get into a bidding war, considering general manager Thomas Dimitroff already implied the Falcons wouldn't make a big splash in free agency. Sure, Poe could have a great impact on a defensive line in need of help, and his athleticism is off the charts for a guy who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 346 pounds. But giving Poe, let's say, $10-$12 million in a one-year deal doesn't seem like the best option, even if another team is offering the same. His replacement in Kansas City, Bennie Logan, just received a one-year, $8 million deal that included $7.68 million guaranteed.

The Falcons don't have a ton of cap space. The latest NFLPA figures have them at around $14.5 million. Meanwhile, the Jaguars have $47 million in cap space, according to numbers obtained by ESPN's Field Yates.

The other two teams on Poe's list -- the Colts and Dolphins -- have $37 million and $18 million in cap space, respectively, according to NFLPA figures.

We'll see how it all plays out from the Falcons' standpoint. They need to fill a hole at defensive tackle after cutting veteran Tyson Jackson and not re-signing veteran Jonathan Babineaux. They need a game-changing type player who can stop the run and has pass-rush ability. Poe has to the potential to be that guy, but will he consistently be that type of player? His production dropped the last two seasons after Pro Bowl showings in 2013 and 2014.

The Falcons have gone the bargain route with their other free-agent signings thus far, so maybe spending big on one wouldn't be all that bad. But again, it's hard to imagine the Falcons getting into a bidding war, especially against the cap-rich Jaguars.

Poe's willingness to accept a one-year deal seems to indicate the 26-year-old wants to prove himself and secure a lucrative, long-term deal after the 2017 season. Maybe the Falcons can convince him he'll have his best opportunity to shine playing for a team fresh off a Super Bowl. And maybe the Falcons can convince him to sign -- for the right price.

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he had a "good visit" with Dontari Poe and wants him to be on the team. Quinn said the Falcons discussed an offer with Poe. "I liked him," Quinn said. Now Falcons just awaiting word with Poe visiting Dolphins.

i?img=%2Fi%2Fcolumnists%2Fmcclure_vaughn_m.jpg&w=80&h=80&scale=cropVaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer
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Congrats Poole!  Almost doubled his pay for last year.

This doesn't count against the cap either.  The NFL distributes it based on playing time and salary.  On the other end, with Romo playing one series at his salary, he got $64.

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On 3/15/2017 at 11:53 AM, theProf said:

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he had a "good visit" with Dontari Poe and wants him to be on the team. Quinn said the Falcons discussed an offer with Poe. "I liked him," Quinn said. Now Falcons just awaiting word with Poe visiting Dolphins.

Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer

Falcons gave former Chiefs' DT Dontari Poe a one-year, $8 million deal that could increase to $10M with incentives, per source.

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4 minutes ago, theProf said:

Falcons gave former Chiefs' DT Dontari Poe a one-year, $8 million deal that could increase to $10M with incentives, per source.

Falcons agree to terms with 2-time Pro Bowler Dontari Poe

1:38 PM ET
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The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year deal with former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe, the team announced Thursday.

The deal is for $8 million and could increase to $10 million with incentives, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Poe, 26, who has been selected twice for the Pro Bowl, totaled 10 1/2 sacks in 2013 and 2014 and has 13 in his five-year career.

"Poe is an athletic, big guy that can push the pocket," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. "He will add to our defensive line group and will mix nicely with [Vic] Beasley, [Grady] Jarrett, Shelby and [Adrian] Clayborn. We are happy to be able to add him to our roster."

The Chiefs decided against using the franchise tag on Poe, despite having the option to do so after signing safety Eric Berry to a long-term contract. They would have had to offer Poe a one-year deal worth $13,387,000 had they franchised him.

Poe joined the Chiefs as their first-round draft pick in 2012. He was not as productive last season as he had been earlier in his career, when he was a consistent force against the run and strong as an inside pass-rusher.

He has been a workhorse for the Chiefs, missing only two games in his career because of injury. He also played a lot of snaps for a defensive lineman, but the Chiefs usually found him too valuable in both running and passing situations to provide him much relief.

Poe is athletic for a 346-pound player. The Chiefs put his athleticism to use occasionally in offensive goal-line situations. He twice scored on running plays in his career and threw a touchdown pass in a Week 16 victory last season against the Denver Broncos.

ESPN's Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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Contract details for Jack Crawford per Spotrac

 

Jack Crawford signed a 3 year, $8,800,000 contract with the Atlanta Falcons, including a $2,500,000 signing bonus, $3,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,933,333. In 2017, Crawford will earn a base salary of $1,250,000 and a signing bonus of $2,500,000. Crawford has a cap hit of $2,083,333 while his dead money value is $3,000,000.

Contract: 3 yr(s) / $8,800,000   Signing Bonus $2,500,000    Average Salary$2,933,333     Guaranteed:$3,000,000

  

 

Year   Age    Base Salary   Signing Bonus    Roster Bonus    Workout Bonus    Cap Hit Dead Cap
2017 Contract details by year 28   $1,250,000 $833,333 - - $2,083,333   $3,000,000
2018 Contract details by year 29 $2,250,000 $833,333 $275,000 - $3,358,333      $1,666,667
2019 Contract details by year 30 $2,250,000 $833,334 $275,000 - $3,358,334 $833,334
2020 Free Agent Year 31 UFA  
Contract Notes:
  • $3M fully guaranteed at signing (signing bonus + $500,000 of 2017 salary)
  • 2018-2019 Per Game Active Bonus: $17,187 ($275,000)
  • Annual Incentives: $500,000

 

http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/atlanta-falcons/jack-crawford-9979/

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Dan Quinn still waiting on word from veteran guard Chris Chester

Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he has yet to hear from veteran guard Chris Chester about Chester's future, but Quinn is by no means in panic mode about the right guard spot heading into next season.

Chester, 34, told ESPN.com in early February he would take some time to make a decision about continuing his career. General manager Thomas Dimitroff said on March 1, during the NFL combine, Chester would take a few weeks to decide. Chester started all 32 regular season games and all three postseason contests for the Falcons the last two seasons.

"We haven't heard yet," Quinn said Wednesday, "And we like Ben Garland and Wes Schweitzer, and they'll battle it out for sure."

Garland, an undrafted player who received an exclusive rights tender, showed versatility last season in serving as the backup center and also playing defensive tackle. Schweitzer, last year's sixth-round draft pick out of San Jose State, was inactive for every game during his rookie season.

Quinn's confidence in Garland and Schweitzer doesn't mean he's content at the guard spot. But again, he's not panicking.

"On both sides of the ball, because there's five of them and four on the D-line, you're always in the front of your thinking at that spot," Quinn said. "I love looking at that [offensive line] position, too, to evaluate. So whether it's free agency, draft, undrafted players, if they have a role, we'll find a way to feature them. But they have to show the strain, the battle, the technique.

"For sure, the O-line has been a big topic, especially right now. It's who has them and who is developing them and where they're at in the draft.

Speaking of the draft, ESPN's Todd McShay has the Falcons selecting Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson with the 31st overall pick in his latest mock draft. It sounds appealing considering Robinson is highly-rated player and spent some time around current Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who held the same title briefly with the Crimson Tide. But Robinson, a three-year starter at left tackle, has resisted talk of playing guard in the NFL. And the Falcons already are set at tackle with left tackle Jake Matthews and right tackle Ryan Schraeder.

Prior to the combine, McShay mentioned Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp and Pittsburgh's Dorian Johnson as offensive guard prospects the Falcons should keep an eye on. Lamp's stock continues to rise, and McShay's mock draft has Lamp going to Indianapolis with the 15th overall pick.

The Falcons did inquire about at least one guard during the early stages of free agency in former Green Bay Packer T.J. Lang, but the Falcons never were a contender as Lang signed a three-year, $28.5 million contract with the Detroit Lions that included $19 million guaranteed.

The outside-zone blocking scheme implemented by former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a scheme the Falcons hope to continue, relies on athletic offensive linemen who can work in unison and run in space. The Falcons were the only team to start the same five offensive linemen all last season.

 

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@theProf Thanks for the updates. Im sure once all the final updated cap space gets posted you'll be on it. I know that TD said he wasnt too worried about the cap and that there are things he can do to free it up. 

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Will now the focus turns back on Tru extension? It sounds like we are done in the FA signings. 

 

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On 3/11/2017 at 10:57 AM, theProf said:

One other note: Although Tyson Jackson has been cut, he was designated a post-June 1 cut. Therefore his 2017 cap-hit of $5,850,000 stays on the Falcons books and counts against the salary-cap until some point in mid-May. It use to be June 1 before the cut player came of the team's books, but I believe it was changed last year to mid-May, so that it would be available to help sign the rookie draft picks. Thus, OTC accurately includes Tyson Jackson as counting against Atlanta's salary-cap at this point in time.  When Jackson does come off the Falcons books, then that will free-up $4,250,000 of salary-cap ($5,850,000 scheduled cap-hit - $1,600,000 of dead-money prorated bonus into 2017). 

 

I've been doing additional research on the bolded portion above, and I'm not sure that getting cap relieve in mid-May from a post June-1 cut designation is correct.  It appears that a post-June 1 designated cut player has to stay on the team's books and count against the salary-cap until June 2.  If so, then Jackson's 2017 scheduled cap hit of $5,850,000 has to count against the Falcons salary-cap until June 2, and thus the 2017 cap-savings of $4,250,000 from his release will not be available until June 2. Therefore, the cap savings will not be available to help sign the drafted rookies in May as I indicated above. The following is the pertinent provision regarding post June-1 cut designations from the last collective bargaining agreement, and I can not find any subsequent amendment to the following provision:

"Article 13, Section 6 (b) (ii) Acceleration.

(1) For any player removed from the Team's roster, or whose Contract is assigned to another Club via waivers or trade, on or before June 1 in any League Year prior to the Final League Year, or at any time during the Final League Year, any unamortized signing bonus amounts will be included in Team Salary for such League Year, except that for each League Year preceding the Final League Year, each Club may designate up to two Player Contracts that, if terminated on or prior to June 1 and if not renegotiated after the last regular season game of the prior League Year, shall be treated (except to the extent prescribed by Section 6(d) (iv) below) as if terminated on June 2, i.e., the Salary Cap charge for each such contract will remain in the Club's Team Salary until June 2, at which time its Paragraph 5 Salary and any unearned LTBE incentives will no longer be counted and any unamortized signing bonus will be treated as set forth in Subsection (2) below. If acceleration puts a Team over the Salary Cap, the Team will have seven days to conform with the Salary Cap, but may not sign any players until there is Room to do so under the Salary Cap."

 

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30 minutes ago, birdz4i said:

Falcons have $4.6 million in cap space after signing Dontari Poe

Falcons Wire 17 hours ago 
 

And should get a bump up to about 9 mil after June 1 cuts take effect... we can still convert Alford's roster bonus into a signing bonus and prorate that 6 million and open up another chunk of change... wouldn't be surprised to see TD do this and drop trufants deal shortly after 

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19 minutes ago, SkerFalcon8710 said:

And should get a bump up to about 9 mil after June 1 cuts take effect... we can still convert Alford's roster bonus into a signing bonus and prorate that 6 million and open up another chunk of change... wouldn't be surprised to see TD do this and drop trufants deal shortly after 

With the signings of defensive tackle Dontari Poe, wide receiver Andre Roberts and defensive end Jack Crawford this offseason, the Atlanta Falcons have been very efficient in using their cap space.

By current estimates, the Falcons should have around $4.6 million in cap space to work with. Obviously, full details on the contracts for safety Kemal Ishmael, quarterback Matt Schaub and Dontari Poe need to be released before the our cap estimate can be more accurate.

What matters is the Falcons have more than enough room to sign their draft class and should be able to bring in some veteran minimum deals to help enhance the depth at some positions.

Atlanta did a good job this offseason with their signings and could potentially free up even more cap space if they absolutely needed to if they trigger cornerback Robert Alford’s roster bonus into a signing bonus ($5 million in savings) or if they re-signed Desmond Trufant with a lower first-year cap hit than his current $8 million.. 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Dirtybird3 said:

With the signings of defensive tackle Dontari Poe, wide receiver Andre Roberts and defensive end Jack Crawford this offseason, the Atlanta Falcons have been very efficient in using their cap space.

By current estimates, the Falcons should have around $4.6 million in cap space to work with. Obviously, full details on the contracts for safety Kemal Ishmael, quarterback Matt Schaub and Dontari Poe need to be released before the our cap estimate can be more accurate.

What matters is the Falcons have more than enough room to sign their draft class and should be able to bring in some veteran minimum deals to help enhance the depth at some positions.

Atlanta did a good job this offseason with their signings and could potentially free up even more cap space if they absolutely needed to if they trigger cornerback Robert Alford’s roster bonus into a signing bonus ($5 million in savings) or if they re-signed Desmond Trufant with a lower first-year cap hit than his current $8 million.. 

 

 

I'd like to see them create some extra space and roll that money over into next year. I'm glad we're set up to be able to resign most of our homemade talent in the future 

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3 hours ago, birdz4i said:

Falcons have $4.6 million in cap space after signing Dontari Poe

Falcons Wire 17 hours ago 
 

Thanks for providing that available salary-cap update. It appears that Vaughn McClure's  reference to  $14.5 million of available cap-space per an NFLPA report in his April 15 article already included both Kemel Ishmael and Andre Roberts. (I didn't know whether it did or not). It appears that Poe's 2017 cap-hit is probably $10 million, including the incentives. If the incentives are considered Likely To Be Earned (LTBE), then they have to be included into the current year's salary-cap number. Therefore approximately $14.5 million before Poe - $10 million cap-hit of Poe = $4.5 million.

Another alternative might be that the $14.5 million NFLPA previously reported cap-space, included Ishmael's cap-hit of $2.5 million, but not Andre Roberts. Roberts was signed the day after Ish at a cap-hit of $1.8 million.  If Poe's 2017 cap-hit is only $8 million, assuming the $2 million of incentives are classified as NOT Likely To Be Earned (NLTBE), then the calculation would be as follows: approximately $14.5 million before Roberts and Poe - $1.8 million for Roberts - $ 8 million for Poe = $4.7 million.

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2 hours ago, SkerFalcon8710 said:

And should get a bump up to about 9 mil after June 1 cuts take effect... we can still convert Alford's roster bonus into a signing bonus and prorate that 6 million and open up another chunk of change... wouldn't be surprised to see TD do this and drop trufants deal shortly after 

If the Falcons also choose to convert Robert Alford's  $7 million 2017 roster bonus into a signing bonus, then this would clear-up $5.25 million in the Falcons 2017 available salary-cap ($7 million roster bonus - $1.75 million prorated signing bonus over 4 years).  Schraeder's 2017 roster bonus was $6 million, which got converted into a signing bonus, but Alford has a $7 million roster bonus.

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6 minutes ago, theProf said:

If the Falcons also choose to convert Robert Alford's  $7 million 2017 roster bonus into a signing bonus, then this would clear-up $5.25 million in the Falcons 2017 available salary-cap ($7 million roster bonus - $1.75 million prorated signing bonus over 4 years).  Schraeder's 2017 roster bonus was $6 million, which got converted into a signing bonus, but Alford has a $7 million roster bonus.

Thanks prof, I wasn't sure on exact numbers but I wouldn't be surprised if the Falcons made that move 

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On 3/14/2017 at 8:03 AM, theProf said:

Falcons bringing back safety Kemal Ishmael on a 1-year, $2.5 million deal, Adam Schefter reports. Falcons need depth at safety, and GM Thomas Dimitroff said Ishmael also could play some weak side linebacker moving forward. Ishmael a key contributor on special teams as well. Not to mention he represented the Falcons at the Ed Block Courage awards this past weekend for his community service. Ishmael coming off season-ending shoulder injury and known as a big hitter. He's an asset the team needed back.

i?img=%2Fi%2Fcolumnists%2Fmcclure_vaughn_m.jpg&w=80&h=80&scale=cropVaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer

Spotrac has now updated for Ish's 2017 cap-hit. However, they say that the contract is a maximum of $2 million, which includes a base salary of $1,250,000, a signing bonus of $500,000 and a per-game roster bonus of $250,000 (of which only $203,500 is classified as likely to be earned for salary-cap purposes).

"Current Contract

Kemal Ishmael signed a 1 year, $2,000,000 contract with the Atlanta Falcons, including a $500,000 signing bonus, $1,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,000,000. In 2017, Ishmael will earn a base salary of $1,250,000, a signing bonus of $500,000 and a roster bonus of $203,125. Ishmael has a cap hit of $1,953,125 while his dead money value is $1,000,000.

Year   Age  Base Salary  Signing Bonus   Roster Bonus   Workout Bonus   Cap Hit Dead Cap
2017 Contract details by year 25 $1,250,000  $500,000 $203,125 - $1,953,125

  $1,000,000

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6 hours ago, SkerFalcon8710 said:

I'd like to see them create some extra space and roll that money over into next year. I'm glad we're set up to be able to resign most of our homemade talent in the future 

Same here, because Poe is gonna want that contract next year including our players we already have to pay coming up. Give rock his money for balling when Tru went down. And yea keep it for the future 

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