Falcons release Ovie Mughelli

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Fullback Ovie Mughelli’s five-year run in Atlanta has come to an end.

The Falcons announced Tuesday that they have released Mughelli. The writing for the move was on the wall when the team drafted Bradie Ewing in the fifth round of the draft. Mughelli was due to make $3 million in 2012, the final year of a six-year deal he signed after leaving the Ravens, and that’s a lot for a fullback.

Mughelli was a good one for the Falcons, though. He made two Pro Bowls and was performing at a high level last season before he wound up on injured reserve with a torn MCL halfway through the season. The presence of Ewing, Mughelli’s salary and his injury combined to make it impossible to see a future for Mughelli in Atlanta.

There should be a training camp spot somewhere for Mughelli, although he’s probably not going to be guaranteed much more than that.