The Atlanta Falcons are expected to part ways with veteran RB Michael Turner this offseason according to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post. This should come as no surprise. Despite a solid performance against the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs, Turner has simply run out of gas. He turns 31 on Wednesday and appears to have lost a step.
Turner mustered only 800 yards this season on the ground and in eight of his regular season games, turned in a rushing effort of three yards per carry of less. He did still manage ten scores, but he was used as the team’s primary goal line back this season. He’ll catch on with another team next season but not at his current scheduled salary of $6.9 million for 2013.
It’s time for the Falcons to move on from Turner and start by handing off more of the running back duties to Jacquizz Rodgers. RB Jason Snelling is under contract with the Falcons next season as well.