Mike Davis Released by Falcons After 1 Season; Saves $2.5M in Cap Space

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 2, 2022

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 09: Mike Davis #28 of the Atlanta Falcons leaves the field after an injury during the fourth quarter in the game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons released running back Mike Davis after one season with the franchise Monday.

Michael Rothstein of ESPN reported the news, and Davis seemingly confirmed his departure on Twitter.

IG MikeDavisRB @MikeDavisRB

I appreciate everything the falcons did for me. I was able to play for my hometown and impact my community. I appreciate the fans and my family.

The Falcons will save $2.5 million in salary-cap space by releasing Davis. The Georgia native signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract last offseason in hopes of being the Falcons' top running back.

While he started eight games, Davis fell behind Cordarrelle Patterson on the depth chart and struggled being effective. He rushed for 503 yards while adding 259 as a receiver, scoring four total touchdowns. Patterson totaled 1,166 yards and 11 touchdowns in a breakout season.

The Falcons re-signed Patterson to a two-year, $10.5 million contract in March. They also added veteran Damien Williams on a one-year contract and drafted Tyler Allgeier in the fifth round of last week's NFL draft, leaving Davis as the odd man out.  

Davis will be looking for his sixth NFL team at the age of 29. He previously played for the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers in addition to Atlanta.