Takk McKinley’s Falcons Future May Be Up in the Air


ATLANTA (AP) – Defensive end Takk McKinley may have jeopardized his future with the Atlanta Falcons by using social media to complain about not being traded. McKinley, a first-round pick in 2017 who is in his fourth season, posted on his Twitter account that he requested trades in 2019 and this year. He says the Falcons turned down an offer last season and also declined “multiple” offers before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Interim coach Raheem Morris says McKinley’s groin injury will keep him out against Denver. Morris says it’s time to determine if McKinley “can even be on this team.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.