Falcons release 3 key veterans to make cap room
The Atlanta Falcons made some key moves on Friday, releasing running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson. Each of these players is in their 30s and the team is looking to bring in fresh talent from free agency, as well as to save some money.
Turner was set to make $6.4 million, Abraham $5.75 million and Robinson $3.75 million. These subtractions will put the Falcons $15.9 million under the salary cap, according to ESPN.
Falcon head coach Mike Smith released a statement saying, “As a football coach it is never easy to cut any player, especially veteran players who have been valuable members of the organization. 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,” reported the Associated Press.
These released veterans can be of great value to other teams. Turner is a two-time Pro Bowler and Abraham and Robinson are solid defensive players. Abraham recorded 10 sacks last season while Turner rushed for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Falcons are looking to the future and this move is the first step in building around a young team. Look for them to make some noise in free agency with all this cap room they have acquired.