Atlanta Falcons started their offseason by making changes to the their coaching staff when they let go both of the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. On Tuesday they started to revamped the the roster by informing CB Robert Alford that he has been released. The team said they wanted to go in a different direction. Alford was selected by the Falcons in the 2013 draft in the second round played in 88 games and 76 as a starter and had 10 interceptions.
Isaiah Oliver should start in place of Alford he was selected by the Falcons in the 2nd round in 2018 draft from Colorado. Oliver showed signs of promise his rookie season and gaining a lot of praise from the coaching staff. Now given the opportunity to start alongside Trufant the Falcons believe this duo could be special.
Kicker Matt Bryant was also let go by the Falcons do in large part because of age 43 there was a lot of speculation about him potentially retiring but he said he feels great and doesn’t plan on retiring. Even missing a short time this past season Bryant finished 20/21 on field goals this past season and will be missed by the fans who have grown used to seeing “Money” Matt Bryant being the reliable hero he’s shown us he is. Giorgio Tavecchio will replace him as he went 5 for 5 on field goals when Bryant missed couple of games in 2018. The Falcons were confident when signing Tavecchio this past season when giving him a multi year contract that looking back on now was a sign this could’ve been Bryants last season in Atlanta
Falcons have also released DE Brooks Reed saving 4.5 million in cap space. In 2018 Reed had a total of 24 tackles along with 1 sack and forced 1 fumble. In the 4 years Reed was in Atlanta he had a total of 101 tackles, 7 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Reed expressed on his Instagram that this wont be the last of him and we wish him the best of luck in his future.
Atlanta doesn’t seem finished with working to create more salary for Free Agency and getting current players contracts revised or resigned. The Falcons saved about 14.5 million in cap space when they decided to move on from this players and I do expect more cuts coming as they’re trying to create more cap space to give Grady Jarrett a contract extension and possibly reworking Julio Jones deal.
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