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Falcons Release RB Steven Jackson

Update:

That was fast.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons have already released RB Steven Jackson.

  • The Falcons have already announced the move.

According to OverTheCap.com, that Falcons will free up $3.75 million in available cap space while creating $1,166,668 in dead money following this move.

In 2014, Jackson ran for 707 yards on 190 carries (3.7 YPC) to go along with six touchdowns and another 148 yards receiving. It’s worth mentioning that Pro Football Focus rated Jackson as the No. 8 running back out of 57 qualifying players last year.

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Zach Klein of WSBTV.com reports that the Atlanta Falcons will begin making roster cuts on Friday starting with veteran RB Steven Jackson

The overall expectation has been that the Falcons would be parting ways with Jackson and head in a different direction at running back.

New OC Kyle Shanahan has said that they will be implementing a zone-blocking scheme next year, so they can probably find a better fit in either free agency or the draft.

Jackson, 31, signed a three-year, $12 million contract that included $4 million guaranteed after finding limited interest as a free agent back in 2013. He has one year remaining on the agreement, which includes a base salary of $3.75 million for the upcoming season.

We’ll have more regarding Jackson and his future with the Falcons as the news is available.