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Falcons will release Tyson Clabo


The Falcons are about to have a new look on the right side of their offensive line.

Right tackle Tyson Clabo is about to get a pink slip from the Falcons, according to a tweet from his agent Chad Speck. Clabo has been a starter for the Falcons since joining the team in 2006, making 101 starts over seven years with the team. He’s started every game over the last five years and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010.

That resume makes it hard to believe this is a performance-related move from the Falcons. It’s more likely part of an effort to clear cap space to put toward a contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan. Until Clabo is officially cut loose, the Falcons have just $2.4 million in cap space at their disposal and it would seem they feel they need more. They’ll get it by excising Clabo’s $4.5 million base salary from the rolls, although it opens up a big hole on the line.

Clabo shouldn’t suffer from a lack of suitors on the open market, where he’ll join Andre Smith as the most appealing right tackles available. Teams like the Dolphins, Eagles, Texans and Cardinals have been linked with other available tackles this offseason and you’d imagine some or all of them will want a look at Clabo.

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44 Responses to “Falcons will release Tyson Clabo”
  1. hartcarluncarlun says: Apr 4, 2013 9:44 AM

    This team doesn’t make dumb moves…if they cut him there’s a reason.

  2. vaeagles says: Apr 4, 2013 9:49 AM


  3. kansacity88 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:50 AM

    Bring him to Chicago and get rid of Webb!

  4. irkjames says: Apr 4, 2013 9:54 AM

    With another well-respected OT hitting the market in Tyson Clabo, this will just deflate the values of Andre Smith, Brandon Albert and Eric Winston.

    With Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson entering the draft, things are looking good for the Dolphins, Eagles, Texans, Chargers and Cardinals.

  5. lightcleric says: Apr 4, 2013 9:54 AM

    It’s funny how Falcons fans have endlessly talked trash at the Saints about their cap situation, totally forgetting they’re in equally bad shape AND still have to pay their QB over $100 mil.

  6. schmitty2 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:56 AM

    Maybe the Ram’s might be interested as Saffold is whining about moving to RT. Not only that Clabo could be reunited with Harvey Dahl and line coach Paul Boudreau

  7. eaglesw00t says: Apr 4, 2013 9:58 AM

    The Eagles gotta sign one of them.

    I would even sign one of them, and still draft Wormack at 4. Watkins is a colossal bust. Herremans and Peters are 30+

    Either that or Milliner. I dont want Floyd.

  8. calhounlambeau says: Apr 4, 2013 10:02 AM

    It’s literally unbelievable seeing guys like Clabo and Winston hitting the market, who would have thought the value for RT’s would be so low. QB salary is causing positional value changes. Wow.

  9. cptkickurass says: Apr 4, 2013 10:06 AM

    This move makes no sense to me. He isn’t a huge number against the cap and he was a mainstay on an offensive line that carried you to the NFC Championship game last season.

  10. shadcan says: Apr 4, 2013 10:10 AM

    Don’t forget about the Jags. Along with having possibly the worst starting tackle in the league there’s also the Caldwell connection.

  11. officialgame says: Apr 4, 2013 10:10 AM

    Look for Demaurice Smith to file a lawsuit. What a horrible CBA this imbecile negotiated.

  12. JMil_ATL says: Apr 4, 2013 10:11 AM

    Truly hate to see him go. Maybe they can somehow restructure but they’ve probably already tried that.

  13. catfanatic1979v1 says: Apr 4, 2013 10:24 AM

    David Caldwell (former Falcons employee) needs a new RT in JAX.

  14. dolphins4 says: Apr 4, 2013 10:36 AM

    I sure hope Jeff Ireland brings him in and the Dolphins sign him.Then they can get another cornerback in the 1st round of the draft.

  15. germanstingray says: Apr 4, 2013 10:37 AM

    It will be 100% sickening if the Falcons don’t sign Eric Winston now.

  16. jacobslatter says: Apr 4, 2013 10:37 AM

    They want Clabo to do what they hope John Abraham does, take a hometown discount. Good for the employer, but not so much for the employee. Welcome to present day Amerika, folks.

  17. darocnessmonsta says: Apr 4, 2013 10:44 AM

    Few years ago The Cowboys and Falcons where trying to work out a trade for Clabo but it never gained any ground would be nice now to get him at around 2.5mil one yr contract and get Doug Free outta there ASAP!!!!

  18. tinbender2000 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    I agree 100% with officialvoice. Has Demaurice Smith been working for the NFL since day 1 ?

  19. jimmyt says: Apr 4, 2013 11:18 AM

    schmitty2, I like your reasoning but Fisher and Sneed are still trying to recover from the cap hell left by the previous regimes.

  20. laxcoach37 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:22 AM

    Clabo will be signed immediately. Winston had been let go by 2 Teams in 2 Years… must be a reason. Perhaps because he wants LT money when he is a RT? Maybe I am dreaming that Lane Johnson can drop to the Fins at#12 if another signs in FA. Joekel and Fisher will gone in the first 4 picks

  21. daviericky says: Apr 4, 2013 11:29 AM

    I really says a lot about Matt Ryan if he’s willing to let his contract drop the axe on his o-line. You usually hear about QB’s taking their line out to dinner, not putting them on the unemployment line.

  22. mizz0505 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:30 AM

    The Chiefs will trade Alberts for a 2nd and 4th round pick, sign Clabo for the right side and draft Joeckel for the left. Brilliance!!! Get your cap space back and your picks. CHIEFS!!!!!!

  23. oldbyrd says: Apr 4, 2013 11:39 AM

    This makes no sense at all. Gotta be more to it than that. HOWIE please do your thing. Bring him to The Eagles….move Todd back to guard and send The fireman packing. Now use #4 to get a def. line stud or Chip’s boy at Oregon.

  24. roddytorock84 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:42 AM

    Just Cuz he’s rated high on madden doesn’t mean he was good lol. He was by far the weakest link of the o line last season. And the season before he wasn’t much better. He was just overshadowed by bakers pathetic 2011 season

  25. bhindenemylines says: Apr 4, 2013 12:23 PM

    Ok JJ. You’ve been running your mouth about protecting Romo more. This guy is light years ahead of Free and would cost much less than the ridiculous contract you signed him to. Make the move.

  26. shinedown37 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:31 PM

    I know Ted Thompson isn’t into signing big name free agents unless your name is Charles Woodson. But this guy could help solidify a need among the Offensive line. Especially as all teams know how weak the packers O-line is.

  27. mrphatal says: Apr 4, 2013 12:32 PM

    Eagles can use this guy as well as a drafted tackle.

  28. radrntn says: Apr 4, 2013 12:38 PM

    well makes sense for the raiders, now that they have some money to spend……it’s just this draft class is loaded on both sides of the line.

    Next year it’s all about QB’s, and CB’s.

  29. chuxtah says: Apr 4, 2013 12:43 PM

    Darocnessmonster. It’s good to see I have a fellow intelligent Dallas fan. There aren’t too many out there according to some of the comments I see. I totally agree with that move. Sign Clabo drop Free and sign a couple more veterans.

  30. jeagan1999 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:05 PM

    Clabo would look really good in red and pewter lined up beside Carl Nicks, Davin Joseph, Donald Penn and Jeremy Zuttah! With an O-line like that, doug Martin may run for 2,000 yds!

  31. bbillsfan01 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:05 PM

    Used the Bills to get a better contract from The ATL last year. No sympathy. Then again, good luck keep Sir Ryan off his ass without your LT
    No matter. Still behind 49ers and Seahawks.

  32. sb44champs says: Apr 4, 2013 1:42 PM

    hartcarluncarlun says:
    Apr 4, 2013 9:44 AM
    This team doesn’t make dumb moves…if they cut him there’s a reason.
    Paying Mike Vick upwards of $100 Million and letting Deon Sanders walk says otherwise…

  33. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 4, 2013 1:48 PM

    lightcleric says:
    Apr 4, 2013 9:54 AM
    It’s funny how Falcons fans have endlessly talked trash at the Saints about their cap situation, totally forgetting they’re in equally bad shape AND still have to pay their QB over $100 mil.
    What’s even funnier is that he doesn’t deserve to join the club of Brady, Brees, Flacco, Manning, and Rodgers because he hasn’t even been to a Superbowl.

  34. kcstick says: Apr 4, 2013 2:14 PM

    Come on to KC ….

  35. snookau says: Apr 4, 2013 2:20 PM

    This is fun to watch the Falcons window close. With Clabo out, that’s 2 starters they’ll have to replace from their O-Line. Even they know the window is closing. The signing of Osi and Steven Jackson reek of it. And once Ryan signs a long term deal, a franchise already in cap trouble gets even deeper.

    Love it.

  36. rundmc81 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:22 PM

    Tyson Clabo > Khalif Barnes. Please Reggie, Please!! Give Matt Flynn a chance to complete his 5 step drop without getting killed.

  37. snookau says: Apr 4, 2013 2:23 PM


    That’s exactly what I was thinking. Clabo is an upgrade over Dotson at RT all day.

  38. EJ says: Apr 4, 2013 2:37 PM

    This reminds me of the Buffalo/Levitre move. The Bills certainly didn’t want to rid themselves of Andy Levitre, who was a top 5 Guard, never missed a game and was able to rotate from Guard to Center to Tackle with no problem. The issue again was Money. Buffalo knew that Levitre deserved big money, but weren’t in the position to keep him. That is why he signed with the Titans.
    The Falcons/Clabo move is probably for the same reason.
    It is too bad that the NFL isn’t like it was back in the day. Where teams were filled with 6 and 7 year players that have been together since their rookie year. Back when you could give a nickname to a core of Linebackers, just because it was the same set of guys for years in a row. Not these one or two year guys that bounce from team to team. I do miss the old NFL.

  39. paulitik74 says: Apr 4, 2013 2:55 PM

    Matt Ryan’s contract will free up cap space, and has nothing to do with Clabo being let go. The team is freeing up space for the draft and UDFAs.

    The Falcons have a RT in Lamar Holmes that they are excited about. The value for Clabo’s contract wasn’t there. They moved on. He’ll be missed, but the Falcons FO know what they are doing.

  40. lo6icalvoice says: Apr 4, 2013 3:02 PM


  41. jkaflagg says: Apr 4, 2013 5:56 PM

    lot of excitement about a right tackle….Turner got all the guff about the failure of the running game last year, but Clabo didn’t dominate in the running game and also just managed to hold his own in pass protection, with a big assist from Matt Ryan’s ability to unload the ball under pressure….still a solid player, but agree w/ paulitik74 – value did not reflect his cap number, and the team has groomed potential (and cheaper) replacements….

  42. chazzmon says: Apr 4, 2013 7:27 PM

    Hello, Jets, Eagles, Cards, start the bidding he’s better than what we saw last year on your O-Lines.

  43. chi01town says: Apr 5, 2013 11:17 AM

    Emery could get in the hunt for this
    guy and hopefully he will. anyway if
    Emery go after him he will be in Chicago. Lets get too it Emery

  44. ishudbgm says: Apr 6, 2013 10:52 PM

    He is 31, will be 32 in October….the Falcons dont need much in the draft and can draft 3 tackles if they want and let them battle it out. But 4.5m for a 32 yo tackle is unnecessary. Good Job Thomas.

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