NFL Salary Cap Claims Three In Atlanta

cornerback Dunta Robinson

NFL Salary Cap Claims Three In Atlanta

The team that lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game has released three key players.  The Atlanta Falcons parted ways with running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham, and cornerback Dunta Robinson.  They were not unexpedted considering their ages, all in their 30’s, and all had hefty salaries.

In one swoop, the Falcons let go their top rusher, their leader in sacks, and a starter in the secondary.

”As a football coach it is never easy to cut any player, especially veteran players who have been valuable members of the organization,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. ”The guys we released today have contributed to the success that we have had over the last five years, and we greatly appreciate their efforts.”

The move frees up about 16 million dollars under the salary cap.  General manager Thomas Dimitroff will use the money to bring youth onto the roster.  Last season the Falcons were one of the oldest teams in football.

Turner rushed for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.  Abraham had 10 sacks, but had to cut down on his snaps to prevent injury.  Robinson, a bruising hitter in the secondary, had just 4 interceptions in the last 3 seasons.

The Falcons were an NFC-leading 13-3 last year, their fifth straight winning season. Since 2008, they have made the playoffs four times and won two division titles.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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