Atlanta Falcons Release Corner Robert Alford After Six Seasons

Atlanta Falcons Robert Alford (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons Robert Alford (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Falcons are in full offseason mode and have now released one of their well-known starters.

The Atlanta Falcons have released cornerback, Robert Alford. NFL Network’s, Mike Garafolo, broke the news early this evening:

Alford had two years remaining on his contract after signing a four-year extension in December 2016.

A second-round draft pick in 2013, Alford was a solid Corner for the Falcons playing 76 games in 6 seasons finishing with 10 Interceptions, 291 Tackles

However, Alford struggled with defensive penalties throughout his tenure. None more so than last year when Alford regressed in 2018 after two good seasons during the Super Bowl season in 2016 and 2017.

Ironically, the news of Alford’s impending release comes on the anniversary of what arguably could’ve been the most memorable play of Super Bowl 51, if the Falcons had one when Alford took a Pick Six from Tom Brady 82 yards for a touchdown.

Second Round pick, Isaiah Oliver, looks to be in line to take Alford’s place as starting Corner.

General Manager, Thomas Dimitroff released the following statement:

“We thank Robert for all that he brought to the team during his six seasons in Atlanta. He was a significant contributor to our defense and we have a great deal of respect for him. We wish Robert all the best going forward.”

Alford leaving doesn’t come as a surprise considering his play and the cap hit he would have been remaining on the Falcon’s roster. Cutting him is likely only the first move as the Falcons focus on freeing cap space to improve their roster.

While seeing Alford leave the team is disappointing it is likely the right move for a team who is moving in a different direction. Looking to put their Super Bowl loss behind them and return to the big game once again.

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Alford is likely to have plenty of interest as a free agent and should have no problems landing a role with another team.