Falcons Release Turner, Robinson, Abraham

Albert Breer reported via a team source that the Falcons released running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson on Friday. ESPN first reported the news.

The team later confirmed the news on Twitter.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out the team saved $15.9 million in salary-cap space.

Turner’s release was expected. He was set to cost $6.9 million against the cap, a huge figure for a middling veteran running back. We listed Robinson as a potential cap cut last week because his $8 million salary didn’t match up to his play. Robinson is a solid tackler and decent cover cornerback, but he hasn’t lived up to his huge contract in Atlanta. His release gives the team more room to try to re-sign cornerback Brent Grimes and safety William Moore.

Abraham’s release is the biggest surprise. The Falcons need pass-rushing help badly, and Abraham can still be effective. But he’s more of a part-time player at this stage that is paid like a quality starter. There has been speculation that the team could go after Osi Umenyiora in free agency.

For more on this story visit: Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com