Michael Turner’s days with the Falcons appear to be numbered.
Turner, the running back who turned 31 last week and who is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.6 yards a carry, is likely to be released, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
That’s no surprise: Turner’s contract calls for him to make $6.9 million this season, and his production doesn’t even come close to justifying that kind of salary. In fact, it’s hard to see any team paying Turner anything close to that: Running backs whose stats are down and whose 30th birthdays are in the rear-view mirror just don’t get much money in the NFL anymore.
So Turner will probably become an unrestricted free agent, in an NFL environment in which he doesn’t have much leverage to command a high salary.