The Atlanta Falcons have made moves today releasing a slew of veteran players. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted the news this morning.
“Major moves in ATL: Falcons are releasing CB Dunta Robinson, RB Michael Turner and DE John Abraham today.”
While most, including us at NFL Spin Zone, anticipated the Falcons releasing Michael Turner due to his lack of production and age the other two come more as a shock.
Dunta Robinson is 30 years old, he is on the fence in terms of age in this league. Despite that he had 1 interception, 1.5 sacks and 67 tackles this season. It was his highest tackle total since his 3rd season in the league, with Houston. He has also been a reliable contributor in the past 4 seasons starting at least 15 games in each season.
John Abraham was the eldest of those handed the pink slip at 34 years. He has an impressive career resume with 122 sacks, including 10 last season. He also had 6 forced fumbles and 7 passes defended this past season, career highs in both categories.
But with more players joining the free agent market comes the down side as Andrew Brandt points out.
“Veterans released like Abraham, Turner and Robinson add more supply to the free agent market, decrease demand and lower marketplace.”