Ledbetter notes that the Falcons should have $1.7 million in cap space once they carry over $1.3 million from last year. Releasing both Turner and Abraham would free up an addition $10.4 million in cap space.
There has already been a lot of speculation that Turner would likely be on the chopping block, so this further suggests that the Falcons will be looking for a replacement in the next few months.
Abraham, 34, is under contract for another two years at $4.25 million and $3.25 million respectively. He tallied 10 sacks this season and actually played pretty well this season, so cutting him loose only creates another hole to fill at a later time.
Atlanta is reportedly prepared to lockup Matt Ryan this offseason. The price for franchise quarterbacks is getting close to $20 million annually, so they’ll need plenty of cash to even consider that idea.