As expected, the Atlanta Falcons officially released Michael Turner to clear up salary cap space for the 2013 season. For a player that was scheduled to make just under $7 million next season, it was clear Turner wasn’t worth the money and the Falcons clearly made the right decision by parting ways with him.
When Turner first joined the Falcons in 2008, he looked like one of the top running backs in the league as he rushed for at least 1,300 yards in three of his first four seasons. However, Turner’s numbers were down during the 2012 season as he averaged just 3.6 yards per carry–which is why Atlanta ranked near the bottom of the league when it came to rushing yards per game.
Luckily, the Falcons have one of the top passing units led by Matt Ryan, Roddy White, and Julio Jones. There’s no question Turner will find a new home for the 2013 season, but it’s safe to say he won’t be nearly the same type of effective running back from a few years ago.
As for the Falcons filling in their hole at running back, there’s plenty of free agents that will be available to catch their eyes–especially when it comes to Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams. Jackson has made it clear his plans of exploring to markets to see what other teams have to offer for the 2013 season and Atlanta will certainly be one of the top contenders in the NFC once again.
Jackson would certainly make a nice fit, but the important factor is Turner won’t be around for the 2013 season.
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