Salary cap cuts are a common thing aroung the NFL these days. The Atlanta Falcons joined the group this morning, releasing veterans Michael Turner, John Abraham, and Dunta Robinson.
Atlanta cut running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham, and cornerback Dunta Robinson, trying to find some relief before the new salary cap takes effect on March 12. According to The Falcoholic, none of the moves were "true shockers," though Abraham's released is "the biggest surprise."
The Miami Dolphins could be looking at this group as potential targets for free agency additions. The three can sign with any team immediately, because they were released and are not expriring contract players, who have to wait until that March 12 date.
The player the Dolphins could be most interested in targeting is Abraham. Miami needs a pass rusher to play opposite Cameron Wake, and Abraham could fill that role. Although he has lost a step as an every down player, Abraham did record 10 sacks last year, and could be a situational pass rusher for the Dolphins, similar to how they used Jason Taylor in 2011.
Both Turner and Robinson could be interesting to the Dolphins, but in the end, neither one of them probably are viable options for Miami. Turner will likely want something near his $7 million per season salary that just caused him to be released by the Falcons. About Robinson, The Falcoholic writes, "Dunta is a thumper and a solid enough player, but he's been subpar in coverage and never quite lived up to his deal." The Dolphins need coverage corners right now, and that's not Robinson.
For more on the release of the three veteran players, head over to The Falcoholic.