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Falcons release Dashon Goldson

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When the Falcons placed defensive end Derrick Shelby on injured reserve Tuesday, they promoted safety Sharrod Neasman to the active roster.

On Wednesday, they made room for a new addition to the defensive line by saying farewell to a safety. Cliff Matthews is the new arrival on the 53-man roster while veteran Dashon Goldson has been cut loose.

The Falcons signed Goldson in late August while first-round pick Keanu Neal was out after having knee surgery and saw action in four games this year. Goldson had one tackle in those appearances, which mostly saw him playing on special teams. Goldson started 15 games for the Redskins last year, but was met with a cold market when Washington released him in March.

Matthews was a seventh-round pick by the Falcons in 2011. He played 32 games for them before being released in September 2015 and hasn’t played in any regular season games since that move.

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6 Responses to “Falcons release Dashon Goldson”
  1. jonwill57 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:32 PM

    Goldson was the man just a few short years ago.

  2. bucsfan21 says: Oct 19, 2016 12:55 PM

    He’s a liability in coverage. Saw this first hand in Tampa Bay. Might have some success as a 3-4 linebacker, similar to Mark Barron, but he’s done in the secondary.

  3. mcjon22 says: Oct 19, 2016 1:14 PM

    Miami bound with Reshad Jones possibly being done for the year

  4. jayniner says: Oct 19, 2016 1:23 PM

    I’d gladly take him back in SF at this point….

  5. chippys lost binky says: Oct 19, 2016 1:35 PM

    Man he hit the wall hard.

  6. davikes says: Oct 19, 2016 1:51 PM

    Dashon, Dashoff.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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