Schultz mentions that Atlanta seems to be focused on employing a running back by committee approach, but adds that they “can’t include Turner.”
Turner, 30, has seen a dip in his overall production which is consistent with aging running backs. He’ll be entering the final year of his contract and has a $5.5 million base salary for next season, so it makes sense that the Falcons would consider parting ways in the coming months.
The Falcons were mentioned as a speculative option for Steven Jackson, so it seems likely that Atlanta will consider all of their available options in regards to the RB position.
Jacquizz Rodgers has displayed more elusiveness and fresh legs throughout the season and is hoping to see role in the team’s offense expand in the coming years. Rodgers definitely has a great set of skills to work with, but it’s hard to imagine him being a true featured running back in the NFL.
Sunday’s game against the Seahawks could be Turner’s final game as a Falcon.