The Atlanta Falcons have made the biggest off-season splash to date by dumping three key veterans: defensive end John Abraham, cornerback Dunta Robinson and running back Michael Turner.
The news is not stunning since many NFL teams at this time of year decide which high-salaried veterans to release in an effort to bring in younger, lower-priced talent. The club will save nearly $16 million with the moves
Then again, it's not often you see a pro football team dump its sacks leader, a top-flight defensive back and one of the franchise's greatest running backs.
The 31-year-old Turner rushed for 800 yards last season, the lowest during his five seasons with the Falcons, and scored 10 touchdowns. His workload was cut with the addition of Jacquizz Rodgers, a smaller, more versatile running back. Turner rushed for more than 1,300 yards in a season three times.