Falcons Release Safety Shann Schillinger


Aug 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball past Atlanta Falcons defensive back Shann Schillinger (29) in the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons made a personnel move on Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t one that anyone was looking at as a possibility.

According to Adam Caplan (of various media outlets), Atlanta has chosen to release safety Shann Schillinger from the roster. It seems like odd timing to see a veteran safety let go, but there certainly could be a corresponding move that would enlighten us a bit.

In 36 career games, the 27-year-old safety has been credited with 13 tackles, but his major value came through special teams for Atlanta. However, the team moved to bolster their young depth in the off-season at the safety position by drafting Zeke Motta and Kemal Ishmael, and as soon as those moves came through, the writing was on the wall.

Schillinger’s agent was quick to point out that he’ll be back in the league soon, and it would be tough to disagree. There is always a market for valuable special teams pieces (who won’t kill you on defense) in this league, and he fits that bill perfectly. In the meantime, be on the lookout for a corresponding move from Thomas Dimitroff and company.