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Falcons set to release Tyson Clabo

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12:17 PM ET 04.04 | The Atlanta Falcons are going to release right tackle Tyson Clabo, according to Clabo's agent, Chad Speck (via Adam Caplan). Clabo has been the Falcons primary starting right tackle for the past seven years. He signed a five-year, $25 million contract in the 2011 offseason and was set to make $4.5 million in 2013. The Falcons were just $2.4 million under the cap entering Thursday. Clabo started every game for the Falcons over the past five seasons, making the Pro Bowl in 2010. The release of Clabo combined with the retirement of center Todd McClure creates some holes on the Atlanta offensive line that must be filled. The Falcons re-signed left tackle Sam Baker earlier in the offseason, but will need find two new starters. 2012 second round pick Peter Konz will likely slide into the center position, but it is less clear who will replace Clabo. If Atlanta does not sign or draft a new starting tackle, Mike Johnson or Lamar Holmes will likely assume the starting role.

Adam Caplan

, USA TODAY Sports USA TODAY Sports
April 4, 2013  12:44 PM ET

There are stories that the Falcons are doing this to try and clear cap space so they can sign Matt Ryan to a big money contract extension. I'm not sure that cutting starting tackles is exactly the way you want to go when trying to entice your QB to stay.

 
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