Monthly Archives: February 2014

Falcons Release Garrett Reynolds

The Falcons won't miss Garrett Reynolds on the offensive line. (Kevin C. Cox)

The Falcons won’t miss Garrett Reynolds on the offensive line. (Kevin C. Cox)

In a move that surprises absolutely no one, the Atlanta Falcons parted ways with right guard Garrett Reynolds.

The Falcons selected Reynolds in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft (156th overall). He started 10 games for the Falcons last season but ultimately lost his starting spot by the year’s end.

Atlanta is re-tooling its offensive line after a pathetic 2013 showing.

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Falcons, OT Gabe Carimi Agree to Terms


Mike Tice will see if he can get anything out of Gabe Carimi. (Kim Klement)

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with offensive tackle Gabe Carimi.

Carimi was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft (29th overall) by the Chicago Bears. After failing at right tackle, he kicked inside to right guard where he wasn’t successful, either. He was traded two seasons later to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who cut him just seven days ago.

This much is clear: Carimi is a bust. Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice spent time with Carimi in Chicago, so it’s likely he had a lot to do with this signing. There’s a chance he may be able to get something out of the tackle, but if he doesn’t, it’s still low-risk.

I doubt Carimi opens the season as a starter, if he lasts.

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Falcons Release LB Nicholas, CB Samuel


Releasing Stephen Nicholas and Asante Samuel gives the Falcons even more cap flexibility.  (Kevin C. Cox)

Releasing Stephen Nicholas and Asante Samuel were necessary roster moves. (Kevin C. Cox)

The Atlanta Falcons have parted ways with linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Asante Samuel, saving $6.5 million in the process.

These were cuts that had to be made; both players had lost their starting positions in the Falcons’ youth movement last season and simply were too expensive to keep as backups.

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