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Falcons likely in market for running back

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08:50 AM ET 02.10 | The Falcons look to be in the running back market this offseason, according to those who know. Chances are the team will cut ties with 30-year old Michael Turner and look for a younger runner. Turner provides toughness, a solid locker room presence and power on downhill runs, but scouts say his ability to bounce and cut isn't what it was.

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February 10, 2013  09:19 AM ET

I didn't see their running game was the issue

February 10, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Total B.S. Turner is scheduled to make a base salary of $6.9 million next year, the Falcons are tight against the cap and have some players to resign. It is not about Turner getting older, it is about $$$$.

February 10, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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Total B.S. Turner is scheduled to make a base salary of $6.9 million next year, the Falcons are tight against the cap and have some players to resign. It is not about Turner getting older, it is about $$$$.

Turner is too old to ask for this kind of money. RB's have short careers.

February 10, 2013  09:56 AM ET

What was the party line for the owners voting for these caps ? Other than an attempt to control costs.

February 10, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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What was the party line for the owners voting for these caps ? Other than an attempt to control costs.

More money in their pockets. The cap was around $136 million three years ago. The owners got $2 billion off the top instead of the old one billion. The rookie wage scale ( which the owners had complete control over before ) was supposed to put money to the veterans. Just the opposite happened, it is now cheaper than ever to replace guys.

The players signed the dumbest contract for a money making business in the history of capitalism.

February 10, 2013  10:12 AM ET

One you get near or to the top of the Mountain, Salary Cap walks in The Door!!!

February 10, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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Once you get near or to the top of the Mountain, Salary Cap walks in The Door!!!

The system the NFL has in place is almost fool proof, with respect to a Team winning back to back Championships! The day of dynasty is slowly slipping away, Parity Rules!!!

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February 10, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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More money in their pockets. The cap was around $136 million three years ago. The owners got $2 billion off the top instead of the old one billion. The rookie wage scale ( which the owners had complete control over before ) was supposed to put money to the veterans. Just the opposite happened, it is now cheaper than ever to replace guys.The players signed the dumbest contract for a money making business in the history of capitalism.

Okay, that seems true enough. So if those are going to be the rules for the foreseeable future, then players are going to have to smarten up. Why sign 6 year deals when you'll never live long enough to collect the last three? Sign shorter contracts...maybe even one year deals once your original deal ends. Gauge the market. Swallow your pride and ask for 4 mil instead of the 6 mil you think you deserve.

It sucks but we do it all the time. I think I should make 75 grand. My boss thinks I should make 60. So my choices are either quit, work for the 60 (realistically), or negotiate 75 grand and get replaced by some college kid next year. It sucks, but I'm taking 60 and paying my mortgage. Players are simply going to have to adopt that mindset if they don't want to be unemployed and financially insolvent at 30.

February 10, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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...Why sign 6 year deals when you'll never live long enough to collect the last three?

Because the bonus money is too good to pass up... and that is all guaranteed money.

Don't feel bad for Turner either - someone else will sign him and he'll get plenty of bonus money when he does.

February 10, 2013  11:22 AM ET
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The system the NFL has in place is almost fool proof, with respect to a Team winning back to back Championships! The day of dynasty is slowly slipping away, Parity Rules!!!

The team's that are successful do well in the draft. Free agent acquisitions are just a bandage.

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February 10, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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RB's are everywhere, dime a dozen they are

There aren't any like Adrian Peterson.

February 10, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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Okay, that seems true enough. So if those are going to be the rules for the foreseeable future, then players are going to have to smarten up. Why sign 6 year deals when you'll never live long enough to collect the last three? Sign shorter contracts...maybe even one year deals once your original deal ends. Gauge the market. Swallow your pride and ask for 4 mil instead of the 6 mil you think you deserve. It sucks but we do it all the time. I think I should make 75 grand. My boss thinks I should make 60. So my choices are either quit, work for the 60 (realistically), or negotiate 75 grand and get replaced by some college kid next year. It sucks, but I'm taking 60 and paying my mortgage. Players are simply going to have to adopt that mindset if they don't want to be unemployed and financially insolvent at 30.

In 2014 the cap goes back up to about where it used to be.

February 10, 2013  12:08 PM ET
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In 2014 the cap goes back up to about where it used to be.

And the owners will still not pay 6 mil for a breaking down 30+ running back when they can pay some college stud 10 bucks an hour with the new scale in place.

February 10, 2013  12:17 PM ET
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And the owners will still not pay 6 mil for a breaking down 30+ running back when they can pay some college stud 10 bucks an hour with the new scale in place.

True, but there is also a floor then, a minimum amount of money a team must pay out in salaries. That means some vets will get more than they would have now.

February 10, 2013  12:24 PM ET

Just like all the other NFL teams. The Atlanta Falcons want to clear cap space. Turner may not be the only causulty.

February 10, 2013  12:28 PM ET

You guys are right. It's all about money and pro football is a game on the field. And a business in the streets. Yeah turner is around 30yrs old, time for a younger back. My point is this get your college degree, there is life after football.

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