Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Falcons' potential cap cuts
By Tim Kavanagh
After another promising regular season campaign ultimately ended up in postseason disappointment, the Atlanta Falcons will now attempt to fill in the gaps on their roster, wherever they may be. And in order to accomplish this, they may need to cut some veterans currently on the cap with high-priced deals, given their scant space projected underneath the salary cap for 2013.
Two prime targets, in the opinion of D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution are DE John Abraham and RB Michael Turner. In so doing, they'd create $10.4 million of cap space, which will be key if they want to re-sign their own impending free agents or lure others into the mix.
If they get rid of Turner, they do have Jacquizz Rodgers on the roster, but another RB would likely need to be added either via free agency or the draft. As for the DE situation, Kroy Biermann has stepped up his play in recent campaigns and is a reliable solution at one spot, but they'd need to address this potential vacancy with an addition as well. Fortunately, this year's draft class is deep with talented defensive linemen. There have also been vague rumors of a defensive scheme switch -- incorporating more 3-4 looks -- which would obviously affect how they proceed.