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Falcons ready to cut ties with Lofa Tatupu

Apparently, the Falcons are going to cut their losses on Lofa Tatupu at $600,000.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Falcons are planning to release the injured linebacker, since he was going to be out for the season with a pectoral injury.

They signed him to a two-year deal this offseason, with $600,000 guaranteed, and roster bonuses for games played. The Falcons would have been on the hook for his $750,000 base salary if he was placed on injured reserve.

More likely, they’d have placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list, which would have allowed them to withhold his pay.

A league source told PFT Tuesday that Tatupu’s weight-lifting injury was not in the Falcons weight room, but off-site, which limits their liability.

Either way, they’re done with him, and any comeback looks much less likely now that he’ll be two years removed from the field. Knee and concussion issues ended his time in Seattle, and the pectoral injury kept him from a shot at a starting job with the Falcons.

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9 Responses to “Falcons ready to cut ties with Lofa Tatupu”
  1. skoobyfl says: Jul 25, 2012 5:58 PM

    He’ll have time to Lofa around now.

  2. dionoil says: Jul 25, 2012 6:19 PM

    Such promise. like dan morgan, a great linebacker that couldn’t stay healthy.

  3. 11jlacy says: Jul 25, 2012 6:24 PM

    Lofa is done period….

  4. gotampabay52 says: Jul 25, 2012 6:24 PM

    They bust on the Bucs on players we pick up he is a big bust

  5. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Jul 25, 2012 7:00 PM

    he’s not a bust mr.tampa, he just couldn’t stay healthy.

  6. j0esixpack says: Jul 25, 2012 7:47 PM

    It’s unfortunate to see any player’s career shortened by injury but in Tatupu’s case I feel like we only got a taste of what he could have achieved.

  7. blackandbluedivision says: Jul 25, 2012 7:58 PM

    namaths5thofwhiskey says:Jul 25, 2012 7:00 PM

    he’s not a bust mr.tampa, he just couldn’t stay healthy.

    He’s a bust. There are plenty of players who could never stay healthy and they’re considered a bust.

  8. jacobslatter says: Jul 25, 2012 10:44 PM

    Two of the biggest busts of all time are Morganna the Kissing Bandit & Dolly Parton.

  9. sxt004 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:27 PM

    Sucks because he had so much potential and his first few years in Seattle he was solid. On a different note, probably should have treated Curtis Lofton a little better and you wouldn’t be having to sign Mike Peterson…isn’t he like 40? Seems the Falcons will never understand that it’s defense you need to get straight before you do anything else to help that offense, though the offense isn’t looking much better.

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