Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 3/1/13
The Atlanta Falcons took a meat clever to the roster that got them within 10 yards of the Super Bowl on Friday, cutting veteran defensive end John Abraham, the teams leader in sacks in 2012, high-priced cornerback Dunta Robinson and, as expected, running back Michael Turner. With the freed up cap space, the Falcons could be in position now to make a trade for disgruntled New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis or to sign defensive end Dwight Freeney, who was recently cut by Indianapolis. The move to cut Turner was largely expected, as his production fell dramatically over the years. By cutting Turner, the Falcons were expected to get 8 to 9 million under the cap. Now, they will have even more cap savings. Abraham would have been in the second year of a deal that would pay him 17.7 million, including a cap hit of about 7 million for the coming season. Robinson signed a six-year, 57-million deal in 2010 with about 25 million in guaranteed money. Most of that money has been paidout. He also would have taken up a sizable amount in cap space: Robinson's cap number would have been 9 million. By cutting him, the Falcons save 6 million off the cap.
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