Falcons are set to hit the field on Friday

110721 Atlanta - New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, right, is escorted by security as he arrives for the NFL Owners meetings at the Atlanta Airport Gateway Marriott on Thursday, July 21, 2011.   Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

110721 Atlanta - New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, right, is escorted by security as he arrives for the NFL Owners meetings at the Atlanta Airport Gateway Marriott on Thursday, July 21, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

The Falcons are tentatively set to return to practice on Friday after the NFLPA approved the 10-year collective bargaining agreement by a unanimous 32-0 vote in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

The players are set to vote on recertifying the union on Wednesday. They can report for training camp on Thursday and are tentatively set to hit the field on Friday.

The player representatives took part in a three-hour conference call before voting to approve the deal. The owners approved the deal last Thursday at a hotel near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

“We talked about the process that we are about to go through,” said Falcons player representative Tyson Clabo. “The reconstituion of the union. The process here over the next week with the team. For the most part, we had already discussed the financials of the deal last week.”

There was a public backlash against the NFLPA after they didn’t immediate ratify the deal last week.

“There were a lot of questions,” Clabo said. “A lot of guys had concerns. We tried to address those concerns. Finally, at the end of the day, it came down to the vote and everybody was on board. I was happy to see that.”

The news of the vote sent the Falcons’ braintrust into a frenzy. The team has to address 11 free agents, five rookie draft picks and sign  10 to 15 undrafted college free agents.

“Coy Wire sent out an email to everybody and I called a couple of the guys personally,” Clabo said. “At this point, I would anticipate that the guys would be getting a lot of phone calls from the coaches.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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69 comments Add your comment

2012 FEAR THE END

July 25th, 2011
3:22 pm

drmaryb (*_-)

July 25th, 2011
3:26 pm

OMG, I was SO jealous when Mr. Kraft got that BIG hug from that BEEFCAKE, Mr. Saturday!!! I just want him to hold me like that!!!

Thanks D-Led

July 25th, 2011
3:26 pm

It’s nice to read some good news.
BTW, had some questions today about rookies and their contracts in most recent previous blog…if you happen to get a chance like to hear your thoughts.

Season Ticker Holder

July 25th, 2011
3:28 pm

Are you ready for some football! I’m glad that this is finally done. Now the falcons can concentrate on getting to the Super Bowl.

willie g the gambler

July 25th, 2011
3:33 pm

NO SUPER BOWL THIS YEAR THE FALCONS Are done they cannot get to the super bowl with matt ryan i have put 2000 the falcons dont win 9 games this year after the lion game ryan will probably be in the hospital after SUH gets him.

willie g the gambler

July 25th, 2011
3:34 pm

get favre !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

69 Atlanta Falcon

July 25th, 2011
3:36 pm

willie g crawl back in your hole on the side of the hill.

cookie

July 25th, 2011
3:36 pm

regggie bush welcome to ATLANTA

RJ's WIFE

July 25th, 2011
3:37 pm

I’M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!! GO, GO, GO FALCONS :)

dropping like flies

July 25th, 2011
3:41 pm

Hope they really did stay in shape….
100 plus degree temperatures at practice….in full pads….To see a professional crybaby, I mean athlete, actually have to suffer at a job…..PRICELESS

Barry

July 25th, 2011
3:43 pm

Enter your comments here

Fred Sanford said it....

July 25th, 2011
3:45 pm

“Here I come Elizabeth”!
Get ready for that heat fat boys

Eddie

July 25th, 2011
3:52 pm

Let’s Go Falcons!!! This took far too long glad we wont have to deal with this for another 10 years!

Got your money, now get to work

July 25th, 2011
3:54 pm

Make those practices between Noon and 6 everyday with no breaks.

Thank goodness it's over

July 25th, 2011
3:54 pm

Gritz Blitz

July 25th, 2011
3:58 pm

I’m ready. Let’s roll!

James

July 25th, 2011
4:04 pm

Looks like the Falcons will be looking to out score opponents since they will not address the defensive side of the ball. Falcons will play to win 32-29 ball games. At least they win.

Where's the fans contract?

July 25th, 2011
4:05 pm

That’s right, we get abused and told to pay MORE for everything.
Who do you dummies think is paying for these contracts….uh huh.

Where's the fans contract?

July 25th, 2011
4:09 pm

I bet Jerry Jones raised prices on everything before the ink was dry.
Wonder what King Arthur is about to raise

NO new stadium at taxpayer expense

July 25th, 2011
4:14 pm

Are seats falling apart in what you got?
Thought not…Want a new stadium, pay for it yourself.
Jeez, if I had to demolish and rebuild a house every 20 years….then again if I were able to get taxpayers to pay for my crap

Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd Man

July 25th, 2011
4:16 pm

Orly, when can we start bringing in undrafted free agents, and who do you think some might be? How about the Georgia corners–especially Cuff?

2Xretired

July 25th, 2011
4:20 pm

back to work ladies….i was worried about my season tickets since they paid for….

Boom Boom

July 25th, 2011
4:23 pm

That new Stadium looks awful nice….in LA

SWAT Native

July 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

I’m glad everything has been resolved, but as a season ticket holder, I was hoping that it would last one more week so that the first preseason game would get canceled and I could refund for the cost of that game. Oh, well…

Beef

July 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

We’re at $102M team salary without the 11 FA’s or 6 rookies.

JA98 is supposed to make $6.2M.
Jenkins is supposed to make $5M
Davis is supposed to make $3.5M

My bet is those 3 get released to free up that $14.7 taking us down to around $87M. If so, this gives us about $33M under the cap to play with. Which is just barely enough to get about 7 or 8 of our FA’s and the 6 rookies.

Don't worry King Arthur

July 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

You’ll get your new playground. The Atlanta Public School educated won’t be able to figure out the math and how much your ripping them off.
Then again, they don’t care cause most of them aren’t paying for anything themselves anyway.
Look who they keep putting in office.

What did u think....

July 25th, 2011
4:33 pm

Hey Swat Native, did you actually think the greedy SOB’s were gonna take away and refund a preseason game…funny how contracts always get worked out right before money flows south

N. Fulton will secede

July 25th, 2011
4:37 pm

Yes, they are sick and tired of paying for Atlanta’s s^%t.

phil

July 25th, 2011
4:38 pm

Guys… NFL players make a fortune and they have there own union!!! It is Unbelievable!!! We are trying to fix our debt and some football players are fighting to get more bucks!!! We the people are just like sheeps, we should boycott the NFL, it is because of us that they are making such money. Would you boycott your NFL football season? I will!!!

PMC

July 25th, 2011
4:41 pm

Forbath and Chas Henry are UDFA’s and we drafted a punter/pk

SMH.

ughhh

July 25th, 2011
4:50 pm

How about getting Lucy. I hear she’s a free agent that pull a mean fake kick.
Take that Charley Brown!

Football fan

July 25th, 2011
4:54 pm

The lockout is over. Now Falcon fans can do what they do every year. Proclaim the Falcons are the Super Bowl champs before training camp even starts. It will be like every year. Big hype then big let down. Remember last year. Number one seed and home field in playoffs. Then Green Bay smacked them. What a great end to the Falcons season !!!!!!!!!

You can dooooo eeeeeettt

July 25th, 2011
4:54 pm

Get Bobby Bouchay or whatever that crazy cajuns name is

Ken Strickland

July 25th, 2011
4:54 pm

It looks like DE KBiermann must have made a very strong case for himself to get management to reconsider signing FA DE REdwards. He must have been very conviencing with his claim that playing on special teams profoundly affected his ability to get to the QB.

He did manage to get 5 sacks as a rotational DE, and only 3 sacks as a starter. Maybe, just maybe, without the burden of playing special teams, he can put it all together and combine the 2yrs and come up with the 8 sacks REdwards averaged the last 2yrs. That would certainly give us considerably more money to resign our own FA’s.

With OLB SNicholas possibly signing with the Giants, it looks like we’ll be in the market for a starting OLB rather than a FA DE. I strongly believe our pass rushing issues rests squarely at the feet of DC VanGorder. He needs to quick playing so much doggone zone DEF and stop complaining about our LB’s deficiencies in pass coverage.

Our secondary is simply too quick, fact and athletic to be forced into playing so much zone. While CB’s BGrimes and DRobinson aren’t what anyone would call shutdown CB’s, they are certainly solid cover CB’s that can stick with their man and make plays. There are teams, like the Eagles, that don’t get a lot of sacks from their DL. They utilize a variety of coverages and blitz packages to get the job done.

And more importantly, they trust their secondary, especially their CB’s. There are a number of things VanGorder can do with our current personnel to get more pressure on the QB.

hiramsaint

July 25th, 2011
5:03 pm

but ken, what about that sorrier than sorry 22nd ranked passing d along with the rest of the d that got no draft attention? brees freeman and newton are really gonna enjoy the failcans this year

Tdawg

July 25th, 2011
5:14 pm

Hell Fuock yeah!!!!!!! Im ready for some mutha fuockin football baby!

Tdawg

July 25th, 2011
5:16 pm

Ken Strickland , Im am glad its not just me that we did we notice a drop off in Kroy Bierman’s production the second we put him back on special teams? I think we need to keep him off and he should be a fine DE. But we defenitley need to get another vet DE.

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July 25th, 2011
5:18 pm

Tdawg

July 25th, 2011
5:18 pm

Oh yeah and if James harrison goes to the open market via release, Im taking a hard look at that mad man!!

Tdawg

July 25th, 2011
5:21 pm

hiramsaint, to say that newton is even gonna enjoy any part of this season makes me laugh. That dude will get killed for 16 weeks. He has only one decent O lineman and thats no weapons.

Thank g-ness we're not back with too legit to quit

July 25th, 2011
5:28 pm

Finally consistent winning and building to get better every year…The King Arthur way…
Don’t worry, King Arthur will buy this team a defense

We're sooo offensive....

July 25th, 2011
5:31 pm

The King will get a defense so Roddy can play catch with Matt all day.

Chris

July 25th, 2011
5:32 pm

I bet Carolina has a better season than ATL. Matt Ryan and Roddy White cannot carry the entire load. We need a young tight end to step up. Gonzalez has maybe a year or two left. Granted we do have a good running game, but can we sustain through 16 weeks and will those lineman hold up? Defense is shaky. I am not real confident about the defense.

Can never be too defensive..

July 25th, 2011
5:34 pm

Roman

July 25th, 2011
5:34 pm

Whoopdeedoo….I’m through with the NFL….especially the players. Did they un-decertify the union? Am wishing they would re-name it NFLTA….NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE THUGS ASSOCIATION. No more $$$ from me. Said the same about MLB during their last work stoppage…and have not been to a game, watched a full game on TV or purchased any MLB products.

I'm going home and taking my ball with me

July 25th, 2011
5:37 pm

As Cartman would say “scr&* you guys, I’m going home”

WTF?

July 25th, 2011
5:45 pm

any how many morons are going to spend their unemployment checks or rent money on tickets to see these greedy pigs that have already shown YOU the fan that they can treat you however they wish, show greed the caliber of wall street bankers and know that you will STILL support them and their greedy ways. I say F you NFL and F you stupid fans.

MEMEMEME

July 25th, 2011
5:45 pm

Who the HELL cares about the NFL…All they are a bunch of overpaid undereducated troublemakers…..They are all a**holes…

UFA's

July 25th, 2011
5:46 pm

D-Led,

Which undrafted free agents will the falcons talk to? Do you have any insight on this?

Michael

July 25th, 2011
5:56 pm

Except for extreme fanboys the NFL was never gone.