Atlanta Falcons release right tackle Tyson Clabo


The Atlanta Falcons appear to have lost another offensive lineman but this time not to retirement.  Right tackle Tyson Clabo has been cut by the Atlanta Falcons.  Clabo has been a reliable option for the Falcons since his arrival in 2006.  He had made 101starts over his 7 year tenure, not missing a start in the last five.  Tyson Clabo was selected as a pro bowler in 2010 season.

Based on his performance it is hard to believe this has anything to do with his abilities.  The Falcons currently have $2.4 million in cap space, not including the $4.5 million number Clabo was supposed to make.  This appears to be a move to clear some cap in order to sign Quarterback Matt Ryan to a long term deal or make one more significant move in free agency. This does put the Falcons in a bit of a jam now trying to fill the open hole in the right side of the line.  The front office will most likely try to fill this need with a cheaper option in free agency, a later round pick in the draft or even try and bring Tyson in for much less then the $4.5 million price tag.

Tyson Clabo should not find problem finding suitors for his services.  Teams like the Dolphins, Eagles and Cowboys are all in need of a reliable offensive line presence.  It is hard to understand moves like these especially when the Falcons offensive line has proven to be a weakness, but the front office here in Atlanta always seems to have a plan.