5 things the Falcons will tackle this week, including CBA vote

Falcons national scout Phil Emery closely watching the tight end drills at Auburn's Pro Day on Friday. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

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Falcons national scout Phil Emery closely watching the tight end drills at Auburn's Pro Day on Friday. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Monday:

1. Ballots are out. We caught up with Falcons player rep Josh Harris. All of the ballots are out and the players have until Thursday to vote on the proposed collective bargaining agreement. "It is a pretty good deal," Harris said.

2. Morris' master plan. Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris will address the media on Tuesday for the first time since being promoted to his new position Dec. 27, 2019.

Also, assistant head coach/linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich, secondary/defensive pass game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. and defensive line/defensive run game coordinator/defensive ends coach Tosh Lupoi are scheduled to speak.

3. Falcons insist they are not in "salary cap hell." Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff went on the "Midday Show with Andy and Randy" — with co-hosts Andy Bunker and the legendary Randy McMichael — on the team's flagship station, 92.9 FM The Game, on Friday. He insisted that the Falcons are not in "salary cap hell." But said they'll have to be creative because they signed Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett to big deals. "Take this the right way," Dimitroff said. "I was doing my own research on the definition of hell and it's perpetual fire. We are not in an un-ending or perpetual fire (situation)."

4. Falcons were at Auburn's Pro Day. Falcons national scout Phil Emery and area scout Tokunbo Abanikanda were at Auburn's Pro Day on Friday.

Georgia Tech's Pro Day is on Wednesday and Clemson's on Thursday.

Also, Kennesaw State is hosting an NFL Pro Day at 1 p.m WednesdayThe event will consist of 28 athletes from 12 schools, including eight athletes from Kennesaw State.

5. Holding pattern. The Falcons' slow-moving offseason continues in a holding pattern. They can't make any major moves until they know the rules for the season, which would change dramatically if the new collective bargaining agreement is approved.

Teams can start tampering March 16, with the new league year set to start at 4 p.m. March 18.

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