The Atlanta Falcons are slated to release starting right tackle Tyson Clabo, according to his agent Chad Speck.
Clabo has been the starting right tackle since 2008 and made the Pro Bowl in 2010, so on the surface, this move is a bit of a surprise. He signed a five-year, $25 million deal in 2011.
The likely candidate to replace Clabo is second-year player Lamar Holmes. The Falcons drafted the 6’5”, 333-pound tackle out of Southern Mississippi in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. However, he’ll have to stave off Mike Johnson to earn the starting spot.
Prior to the release, the Falcons were $2.4 million under the cap. Clabo is designated as a post-June 1 release, so after that date, he’ll save the Falcons $4.5 million. As of now, Clabo’s release frees up just $900,000.
This move ensures the Falcons will be able to sign all their draft picks. However, another move could be on the horizon.