I was out of town this weekend so I was unable to respond to the surprising news of the Falcons cutting ties with our right tackle Tyson Clabo. Last year we ranked him as the 10th best player on the Falcons roster and we even featured him as one of our "Favorite Falcons". Out of the players who might have been expected to be released (I know Peria Jerry's name gets thrown around a lot in our comments section), Clabo didn't come to mind.
Clabo has been a workhorse for the Falcons. As Matt stated in his article, Clabo plays the forgotten right tackle spot so you don't really hear about him unless he screws up and quite frankly we haven't heard Clabo's name a lot. For last five years, Clabo has been a guy we have been able to write into the starting line-up every week as he has started 16 regular season games each of the last five years.
For cutting Clabo, the Falcons will gain $4.5 million in cap room but will the relief justify the damage this could potentially do to the offensive line? We are only a few weeks from the draft and have needs at the corner position as well as LB and DE. It would be asking too much to find a plug and play guy at tackle and fill those other needs. The expectation as of right now is that this will open up an opportunity for big Lamar Holmes. The other option would be Mike Johnson. Johnson started at both guard and both tackle positions while at Alabama. This will obviously be one of the more intriguing camp position battles.
It's difficult to doubt Thomas Dimitroff because he's made so many good moves but this one does feel like a bit of a head scratcher but we just won't know until we line up in week one and try to smash the other guys face in.