The Atlanta Falcons are not doing exercises kicker Matt Bryant‘s crew alternative for the 2019 time, meaning he will develop into a no cost agent when the NFL’s new league 12 months starts on March 13.
Bryant, who will switch 44 in May possibly, had two years and $7 million remaining on his contract. He was thanks to make $3.5 million subsequent time. Parting means with him saves the Falcons $2,833,332 in opposition to the 2019 income cap.
“I am incredibly grateful for every little thing that Matt Bryant has done for this organization more than the very last 10 years,” standard manager Thomas Dimitroff reported in a assertion saying the go.
“There is no question he is one of the all-time fantastic Falcons, as he’s been an integral element of our results. This was a hard conclusion but one that was essential for us to go ahead into 2019. We have the utmost regard for the particular person and the player that Matt is, and we desire he and his family the best going ahead.”
Bryant, the Falcons’ all-time leading scorer with 1,122 points, tweeted information of his departure Wednesday early morning.
— matt bryant (@Matt_Bryant3) February 6, 2019
Bryant, who has dealt with some nagging leg and back injuries, went on to say he was on the lookout ahead to bringing results and regularity to his subsequent crew, with no strategies to retire.
All through his stint with the Falcons, Bryant designed 250 of 282 discipline ambitions (88.7 %), which includes 36 of 46 from 50-in addition yards. He also designed 372 of 375 excess points during his 10 seasons with the Falcons. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2016.
The Falcons very likely will switch to Giorgio Tavecchio as their kicker. Tavecchio, who is signed by way of 2019 and will make $645,000 subsequent time, designed all 5 of his discipline ambitions and all eight excess points in location of Bryant very last time.
The information will come a working day right after the Falcons parted means with starting cornerback Robert Alford, preserving $7.9 million in opposition to the 2019 income cap.
Defensive lineman Brooks Reed also indicated on social media that he has been introduced, thanking the Falcons in an Instagram article for his four seasons with the crew. The Falcons would save $4.5 million in opposition to the 2019 cap by releasing Reed.