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Falcons release Michael Turner, John Abraham, Dunta Robinson

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01:39 PM ET 03.01 | With an eye toward creating some salary cap space and getting younger, the Falcons released three key veterans -- running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson -- on Friday, the team confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Turner???s release saves the team $6.4 million under the salary cap. Abraham saves the $5.75 million and Robinson saves $3.75 million. In all, the team got $15.9 million under the salary cap by releasing the three veterans. ???In 2008, we came in here and we were the youngest team in the NFL,??? Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. ???This last year, we were one of the oldest teams.??? Turner???s base salary for 2013 was set to increase from $5.5 million to $6.9 million because of an escalator clause from 2008 and 2010-11 performance incentives. His salary cap number for 2013 was slated to be $8.9 million, but he had a prorated signing bonus of $2.5 million to absorb, so the team???s net salary cap gain would be $6.4 million.

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March 1, 2013  02:18 PM ET

Atlanta doffs their "cap" to the released players

The article doesn't say whether they are going to attempt to resign these players at lower figures, so I guess the answer is no.

March 1, 2013  02:48 PM ET

Dan Snyder.. you know the drill....

March 1, 2013  03:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Dan Snyder.. you know the drill....

You're right -- someone will overpay for these three.

Michael Turner was a solid signing for them from San Diego, but didn't have a good season in 2012, while Abraham never could stay on the field and Robinson was expendable. This was a smart move by the team on several levels.

 
March 1, 2013  07:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You're right -- someone will overpay for these three.Michael Turner was a solid signing for them from San Diego, but didn't have a good season in 2012, while Abraham never could stay on the field and Robinson was expendable. This was a smart move by the team on several levels.

You're right on the money!!! And they will not get any better than they are!

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