Atlanta Falcons Make Right Decision By Releasing Michael Turner

By Dan Parzych
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There’s been plenty of talk about the Atlanta Falcons parting ways with running back Michael Turner this offseason considering his numbers from last season didn’t seem to match up with what they would owe him in 2013. Now, it appears the Falcons have made the move official as they’ve parted ways with Turner along with Dunta Robinson and John Abraham.

Despite recording 10 rushing touchdowns last year, Turner’s 800 rushing yards and 3.6 yards per carry weren’t anything to brag about and it should be no surprise to see the Falcons believe he wasn’t worth the $6.9 million. Turner was always considered one of the top running backs in the league when he first joined Atlanta in 2008 as he rushed for at least 1,300 yards in three of his first four seasons with the team.

All signs point to Turner having little trouble with finding a new team for the 2013 season, but it’s safe to say he won’t make as much of an impact as his first couple of seasons with the Falcons. For a 31-year-old running back, Turner may be on the decline of his career and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended up with a new team that prefers to use him in a two-back system.

As for the Falcons, they’ll have plenty of adjustments to make this offseason in their ground game after ranking 29th in rushing yards per game in 2012. They’ve already been linked to Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams this week–so it should be interesting to see what type of moves they make over the next couple of weeks.

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