In a cap move, the Falcons are likely to release running back Michael Turner, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Due to make $6.9 million next year, Turner is coming off his worst season in Atlanta, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry with 800 rushing yards on 222 carries.
It’s time the Falcons move on from Turner, a back who gave them five solid seasons, including three with more than 1,300 yards rushing.
He’s getting older, at 31-years-old, but he can still be a dynamic runner in the right system.
He adapted to Matt Ryan and his throwing abilities, catching an average of 16 passes out of the backfield the past three seasons.
He’s one of those bruising backs who can power his way for a first down and lower his shoulder to run defenders over.
Splitting time with Jacquizz Rodgers last year, Turner would be a great complementary back on the right team.
If and when the Falcons release Turner, there are bound to be a number of teams checking in.
Let’s see who they might be.