Aug 12, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Geronimo Allison (82) is upended by Detroit Lions safety Kerby Joseph (31) at the one yard line after catching a pass from quarterback Desmond Ridder (not pictured) in the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons release WRs Auden Tate, Geronimo Allison

The Atlanta Falcons released veteran wideouts Geronimo Allison and Auden Tate on Tuesday, the deadline to get active rosters down to the required 80 players.

Both players were offseason signings, part of the Falcons’ rebuilding effort to shore up a position group stung by the season-long suspension of Calvin Ridley (betting).

The team also acquired Bryan Edwards in a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders and drafted Drake London of Southern California with the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s draft. The pair, along with Olamide Zaccheaus, are pegged as the starters.

The Falcons just signed WR KeeSean Johnson last week.

KhaDarel Hodge, Frank Darby, Damiere Byrd and Jared Bernhardt will battle it out for the final one or two WRs to make the team.

Allison, 28, played in three games last season with the Detroit Lions and did not record a catch on two targets. He caught 89 passes for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns in 46 games (14 starts) with Green Bay from 2016-19.

Tate, 25, spent his first four seasons in Cincinnati after being a seventh-round pick of the Bengals in the 2018 draft. He has 61 career receptions for 799 yards and two scores in 35 games (12 starts).

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers receiver Geronimo Allison celebrates after catching a touchdown during the fourth quarter vs. the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Green Bay won, 31-24.

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Falcons sign former Packers WR Geronimo Allison

The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing Monday of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison.

The Falcons did not disclose terms of the deal as they continue to overhaul the receiver position.

Atlanta acquired wideout Bryan Edwards in a trade last week with the Las Vegas Raiders and drafted Drake London of Southern California with the No. 8 overall pick last month.

The Falcons are playing the 2022 season without receiver Calvin Ridley, who is serving a suspension for betting on NFL games.

Allison, 28, played in three games last season with the Detroit Lions and did not record a catch on two targets. He caught 89 passes for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns in 46 games (14 starts) with Green Bay from 2016-19.

The Falcons are also breaking in a new quarterback with Marcus Mariota expected to take over for Matt Ryan, who was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in March.

–Field Level Media

Aug 8, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) stands on the sidelines during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

DT Marcell Dareus attempting comeback with Ravens

Former All-Pro defensive tackle Marcell Dareus worked out for the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday.

Dareus, 32, spent nine seasons in the NFL but has not played since undergoing season-ending core muscle surgery in October of 2019.

He had 37.5 sacks in 121 games (107 starts) with the Buffalo Bills (2011-17) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2017-19).

The Bills drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2011 and he was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014. He made the All-Pro first team in 2014 when he had a career-high 10 sacks.

Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh also told reporters that wide receiver Geronimo Allison had a tryout with the team Saturday.

Allison, 28, has 89 catches for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns in 49 games (15 starts) with the Green Bay Packers (2016-19) and Detroit Lions (2021).

–Field Level Media

January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison (81) before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lions WR Allison to opt out of 2020 season

Detroit Lions wide receiver Geronimo Allison has opted out of the 2020 season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday.

Allison, 26, signed a one-year deal with the Lions in March after spending four seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

He caught a career-high 34 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games last season, bringing his career totals to 89 receptions for 1,045 yards and six scores.

Allison is the second Detroit player to opt out, joining defensive tackle John Atkins.

The window for NFL players to opt out ends on Tuesday.

Players considered high risk for COVID-19 can earn a $350,000 stipend and an accrued NFL season if they decide to opt out. Players without risk can receive $150,000, according to the agreement approved last week by the league and the NFL Players Association, although the voluntary opt-out stipend is solely an advance toward future salary. The stipend is not available to undrafted rookies.

The Lions put star quarterback Matthew Stafford on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has the virus. In either case, the team is required to place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and that player is not counted on the active roster. Clubs are not required to divulge the reason.

Stafford, 32, can be activated off the reserve list once he receives medical clearance. He will be required to pass NFL/NFL Players Association treatment and protocols.

–Field Level Media