Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by bigdnlaca, Mar 1, 2013.
Heard it on the Atlanta sports radio.
Word. wouldn't mind bringing in turner with a team friendly contract. He tore us up when we played atl.
The Atlanta Falcons aren't standing pat after finally winning a playoff game. They are cleaning house.
Albert Breer reports via a team source that the Falcons will release running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham, and Dunta Robinson on Friday. ESPN first reported the news. Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out the team saved $15.9 million in cap space.
Turner's release was expected. He was set to cost $6.9 million against the cap, a huge figure for a middling veteran running back. We listed Robinson as a potential cap cut last week because his $8 million salary didn't match up to his play. Robinson is a solid tackler and decent cover cornerback, but he hasn't lived up to his huge contract in Atlanta. His release gives the team more room to try to re-sign cornerback Brent Grimes and safety William Moore.
I'm more interested in Dunta but I suspect he is out of our league price wise. Turner would be a good pickup but I wonder about his salary demands. I don't know if he's ready to be a backup either although I suspect he'd get a good number of snaps. Love John but he's at best a situational rusher now.
I see Turner gain one or two yards too many times, but I think if he runs part time, he can be a solid backup RB.
Abraham is the surprise cut but I guess Falcons will target a FA pass rusher like Osi or Freeney and get another one thru the draft. Abraham can still go in pass rushing but maybe a liability against the run.
Dunta is ok. He didn't live up to his contract since the 1st year. He will come a lot cheaper.
I wonder if Dunta can play safety. He is a big hitter and it seems to me that he plays better when he is closer to the LOS. To me, he would have to improve in his tackling in open space.
I'm torn on the guy. In Houston he was well rounded at the beginning of his career and then turned into a big hitter who got burned and took too many chances. This showed up off and on in Atlanta.
Just in case you were wondering the Falcons will carry close to $10M in dead money with all these cuts. This also includes Ray Edwards' contract from late last season.
I agree. I think in Atlanta he didn't take much chances at all with Van Gorder's bend but don't break zone coverage. When he did take chances, he wasn't fast enough to recover and that made him look bad.
However, it seems like he was a good tackler when the ballcarrier is trying to make a move on him. His issues are him trying to tackle when the ball carrier is running full speed.
Actually that's interesting. Would he be better than Sensi? I think so. Would he be the answer at S? Not sure. Depends on the contract and his ability to play S.
I think every cb who likes to hit is better than Sensi.
count me out. pretty sure he got a DUI last season
Why is Abraham a surprise cut? He will be turning 35 in May.
He'd fit right in on this team then.
Because w/o him, they are weak in rushing the passer. He was still playing @ a high level before his sprained ankle. The only way they could upgrade their D line now (not a guarantee) is if they get 2 pass rushers from FA and/or draft.
I would understand if Falcons had good pass rushers on the team already but they don't.
That is all fine and good, but he cost a lot of money and cap space. Hard sacrifices are sometimes needed. Maybe they sign him back at a cheaper rate down the line.
I agree and that the release was about money. They need to resign Ryan (looking for a Brees-like contract), Moore, and Grimes and could of released players like Douglas, Nicholas, and/or Dent.
You might be right. I seem to remember him in some kind of headline last year, but it blew over quickly.
Turner is no surprise, but I was surprised they cut Abraham and Robinson. They must be counting on Grimes to be back at 100% next year.
Did you see Turner play last year??? He is DONE.