Atlanta Trade News: Michael Turner is a Falcon

John LewisSenior Writer IMarch 2, 2008

Arguably the best back-up runner in the NFL, Michael Turner, is set to sign a six year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Turner has been the back-up for LaDainian Tomlinson the past four seasons, but is expected to be the starting back for the first time in his career.

"It was really the whole organization and what they're trying to do," Turner told The Associated Press on Sunday when asked what influenced his decision. "Everybody is fresh with a clean slate and trying to build things back up. I did not come into the visit expecting to sign so soon. I didn't know what to expect."

This acquisition by the Falcons could signal the end of Warrick Dunns' tenure in Atlanta, which would save the team about $3 million in salary cap room. 

The deal with Turner and Atlanta is believed to be for $34.5 million, with approximately $15 million guaranteed. Turner had 228 carries for 1,257 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons with San Diego. He also had three of the longest 11 carries in team history—83, 74, and 73 yards.

He has averaged 5.5 yards per carry in his career.

Turner rushed for 316 yards on 71 carries last season and added 164 yards on 43 carries in the playoffs.

In a Week Five game against Denver, Turner set a career high with 147 yards rushing, including a 74-yard touchdown run, in the Chargers' 41-3 win.

It was Turner's third career 100-yard game.