cw69 92-9thegame-vertical2 waok

Sports

Falcons Release Veteran Tackle Tyson Clabo

View Comments
Falcons Central
Shop for Falcons Gear
Buy Falcons Tickets

NFL Scoreboard
NFL Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries
 (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons released starting tackle Tyson Clabo on Thursday, with the move effective after June 1.

Clabo started all 101 games he played for the Falcons, including 16 games in each of the last five seasons at right tackle. He has played the left side in his career, too.

The team will save about $4.5 million in salary by cutting Clabo, who joined Atlanta’s practice squad in 2005 after signing with Denver as an undrafted free agent the previous year.

Atlanta had less than $2 million in salary cap space heading toward the draft and needed to free up money to sign rookies.

Clabo could find employment quickly with several teams in need of a tackle. But with that position so strong in this year’s draft, his options might be limited until after the draft.

“Unfortunately, we had to make another difficult decision regarding our roster today,” said Falcons coach Mike Smith. “Tyson was a valuable contributor to our football team during his time here and we appreciate everything he did for this team and in the community.”

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,101 other followers