In retirement, Weiner still helping Falcons

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

This one's just a formality, but it's a good one for the Atlanta Falcons.

The team already had announced the retirement of offensive lineman Todd Weiner after last season. It was expected because Weiner had squeezed just about everything he could from his playing days and his body didn't have much left.

But, in a way, Weiner gave the Falcons something more Tuesday. He officially filed his retirement papers and was placed on the reserve/retired list. All that may not seem very significant, but it is. With Weiner officially retired, the Falcons now have cleared an additional $1.75 in salary-cap space.