Friday, February 22, 2013
Next stop for Turner
By Tim Kavanagh
During the initial weeks of the offseason for the Atlanta Falcons, many speculated that the Atlanta Falcons would be parting ways with veteran RB Michael Turner. It appears that we can strengthen that speculation with an actual report.
Friday morning, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that the Falcons will release Turner, declining to pay his $6.9 million salary for 2013. This will make Turner an unrestricted free agent whenever the move is made.
The market for RBs isn't great in general these days, especially not for a player who appears to be past his prime. But Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego has an interesting idea: a reunion with the San Diego Chargers. San Diego is expected to add an RB of some sort this offseason -- Ryan Mathews simply can't be trusted to handle the full rushing load all by himself -- and Turner could function in a diminished role; we saw some impressive work here and there this past season, just not $6.9 million worth. To be clear, Acee is just tossing an idea out there, and this is not a report of any interest on the part of the Bolts.