It should not come as a surprise to anyone following the National Football League, but according to a report issued by ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter, citing league sources, the Atlanta Falcons intend to release starting running back Michael Turner after five seasons with the team.
Turner is scheduled to make $6.9 million in 2013, which is simply too much to pay for a running back that clearly has very little tread left on the tires. He carried the ball 222 times in 2013 for 800 (3.6 yards per carry) to go along with 10 rushing touchdowns.
The former Northern Illinois product was highly productive in his five seasons in Atlanta and rushed for a total of 7, 338 yards on 1,411 carries (4.3 YPC), while amassing 60 rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. He also was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2008 and 2010 seasons. He was also apart of four playoff teams and NFC South championships.
The writing may have been on the wall for Turner this past season when he essentially split ti...