Just one day after signing former 1st-round pick Gabe Carimi to a 1-year contract, the Atlanta Falcons have reportedly released a member of their 2013 offensive line.
Falcons release Garrett Reynolds.
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) February 18, 2014
ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reports that Garrett Reynolds has been let go just months after appearing in 15 games (10 starts) for the Falcons. For his career, the 26-year-old Reynolds has played in 42 games with 23 starts for Atlanta, but in all honesty, many consider him to be a sub-standard player with regard to having him on a starting offensive line in the NFL.
The move to bring in Carimi likely played into this release by the Falcons, but there were rumblings that Reynolds could be on the chopping block well before Thomas Dimitroff and company added a veteran to take his place. Reynolds was a 5th-round pick by the Falcons back in 2009, and the value of that type of pick was probably exercised greatly by his usage through parts of 4 seasons.
Moving forward, it is hard to believe that the Falcons will be “done” making offensive line moves, but just as one veteran takes a place on the active roster, somebody had to go, and that somebody was Garrett Reynolds.