He has started every game since 2008, but this is an economic move. The Falcons are only about $2 million under the salary cap and will need more than that to eventually sign their draft picks.
In the short term, Clabo’s release will clear up only about $900,000 in cap space. But the significant thing here is that Clabo will be designated as a June 1 release. After June 1, Clabo’s release will free up about $4.5 million.
What does this mean on the field?
It could mean the Falcons think Lamar Holmes, a third-round pick last year, is ready to start. As of now, he and Mike Johnson would compete for the starting spot. But the Falcons also could look for a tackle in the upcoming draft.