This news should come as absolutely no surprise. As I wrote last week, it’s pretty obvious Turner isn’t the player he was earlier in his career and it’s time for the Falcons to get younger in the backfield.
But releasing Turner would impact more than Atlanta’s backfield. Parting ways with him could help the Falcons keep some of their own potential free agents. Cornerback Brent Grimes, left tackle Sam Baker and safety William Moore all are scheduled to become free agents.
At the moment, the Falcons are only about $3 million under the projected salary cap. Turner is scheduled to count $8.9 million against the cap. But the Falcons could free up $6.9 million by releasing him.