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The Braves shocked many when they made their first blockbuster deal of the offseason, trading home-town favorite Jason Heyward alongside setup man Jordan Walden to St. Louis for starters Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. This is clearly a move that benefits the Braves in the long-term more than the present. Heyward was entering the final year of his two-year extension that Frank Wren signed him to last offseason. Many project Heyward to get around $20 million dollars annually on the open market next year, placing Heyward out of the Braves price range. Frankly, Heyward...Continue reading »

The Falcons have announced that they have cut longtime OG Justin Blalock Friday. Cutting Blalock from his $7.91 million cap figure saves the team $3.79 million towards the cap. While this is a surprising move, Blalock is 31 and had one of the highest cap hits on the team. With this being the third Atlanta cut in the past 24 hours, the Falcons have cleared over $10 million in cap space. Turnover like this should be expected with new Head Coach Dan Quinn taking over and having final say of the roster. Keep your eye out for additional Atlanta cuts in the coming days. ...

The Falcons have cut 7-year veteran wideout Harry Douglas Friday morning. Douglas had 258 catches, 3310 yards and 8 touchdowns in his Falcons career. This move comes somewhat as a surprise, as Douglas was a reliable receiver who had to step up the last couple of years with Roddy White sidelined. However, having Douglas as a number 3 receiver is a luxury in this league. This was purely a cap move and it freed up $3.5 million for the Falcons. With Douglas and Jackson both gone the Falcons have already cleared over $7 million in the last 24 hours. It is evident that the...Continue reading »

Dan Quinn was recently announced as the new Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons. For much of Dan Quinn’s coaching career, he has been overlooked and may have not have gotten all the credit he deserved. He started coaching at William and Mary in 1994 as a defensive line coach. After several other small college coaching jobs, he made the jump to the NFL in 2001. After 10 years as a defensive line coach in the NFL, Quinn was hired by Will Muschamp to take control of the Florida Gators defense. He served as the defensive coordinator for the Gators for two years. During his...Continue reading »

The Atlanta Falcons have announced they have parted ways with 11-year veteran Steven Jackson. Jackson was signed in 2012 to a three-year deal worth $12 million with $4 million guaranteed. Cutting Jackson has opened up $3.75 million dollars in cap space for the team. Coming off of a heartbreaking loss in the 2012 NFC Championship to the San Francisco 49ers, the Falcons believed that there were a few pieces to add in order to propel them to their first Super Bowl birth since 1999. Atlanta fans had high hopes that maybe Jackson could bring his ruthless running style into...Continue reading »

The Braves had a homecoming of sorts when they traded Tommy La Stella for Arodys Vizcaino in mid-November. Vizcaino was once considered a top prospect in the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves organizations. He was signed as an amateur Free Agent by New York during Gordon Blakeley’s tenure as a head scout for the Yankees and traded to Atlanta alongside Melky Cabrera and Mike Dunn for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan back in ’09. The Braves later traded him to Chicago in the Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson deal. Like Zoilo Almonte and Manny Banuelos, Blakeley being a special...Continue reading »

In the coming weeks leading up to Opening Day, I will be writing recaps of the moves the Braves have made through this overhaul of the organization in chronological order.  The first roster move made by the Braves this offseason, the signing of Yankees farmhand Zoilo Almonte, was overlooked at the time. Signed on November 10th to the 40-Man Roster, this was the first of an abundance of moves made by John Hart this offseason. At the time, few realized this was a transaction with potential 25-Man Roster implications for Atlanta. With Justin Upton and Evan Gattis traded...Continue reading »

  The week of festivities has come to an end and the trade deadline has passed. The Hawks stand first in the east at 43-11, tops in wins in the league. Coming off a 19 game winning streak, the Hawks went in to the All-Star break with a few losses. However, I do not see this as a reason for concern. Let’s take a look at the Hawks and compare them to the last team to have such an extraordinary streak, the 2012-2013 Miami Heat. The Heat won 27 straight games that season, finally losing to the Chicago Bulls, and then a few games later again to the New York Knicks,...Continue reading »

Are you believing yet? If not and you have any interest in Atlanta basketball it is time to start. The days of Iso Joe and the overpaid selfish superstars are over, and have been for quite a while. The Hawks have the most wins in the NBA and have finally put a product on the floor that should get all of Atlanta tingled up inside.This kind of magic the Hawks have displayed so far is equivalent to that of the ’91 Braves and it is time for the city of Atlanta to stand in support of it. If you are one of the many Hawks fans that are just now starting to realize the...Continue reading »

On Grantland.com, there was recently an article regarding the under-the-radar superstar of the Atlanta Hawks. The man the article praised was Al Horford. Horford’s stats may not be eye popping but his influence on the court on both sides of the ball is undeniable. But is he the only under the radar superstar of the Hawks? Jeff Teague has been great all season, but recently we have seen an uptick in both his scoring and assists numbers. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images   In the month of January, Teague is averaging nearly twenty points a game and eight and a half...Continue reading »