Matt Bryant says Falcons are cutting him

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Kicker Matt Bryant said on Tuesday night that he intends to play in 2019, but he will apparently need to find a new team if he’s going to see that through.

Bryant revealed his plans to keep playing on social media and he was back there on Wednesday to announce that the Falcons do not intend to bring him back.

“I was informed last night that the team was moving on from my services and that I would be released,” Bryant wrote. “I want to say thank you to all the fans that have stood with me and my family during our time here. … This chapter is now closed. I look forward to bringing the success and consistency that I’ve produced to my next team.”

Bryant signed an extension through 2020 with the Falcons last year. They will gain just over $2.8 million in cap space as a result of cutting him, although they will be left with over $1.3 million in dead cap space.

Bryant was 20-of-21 field goals and 33-of-35 extra points in 13 games last season. Giorgio Tavecchio kicked for Atlanta in the games Bryant missed and remains on the roster.

18 responses to “Matt Bryant says Falcons are cutting him

  1. Will those $2.8M be worth it when their kicker misses game winners? Ask the Bears how much they’d have paid to have Robbie Gould instead of Cody Parkey last year. They’d have one at least one more regular season game, and also a playoff game. Teams keep thinking kickers are interchangeable and not worth paying for until they realize that they’re not interchangeable and they ARE worth paying for.

  2. Bryant is automatic. The other guy has never proven himself except one exceptional college game and one exceptional week replacing Bryant. Bigger leg on kickoffs is about all you really get.

    Saving 800G’s in cash and 1.2 in dead money. Everyone has dead money. But 800 G’s is the vet min. So you get a so-so kicker and can pay another guy the vet min? Will anyone that gets $800 be worth losing a game on a 36 yard FG?

    Rebuilding. No other explanation. Don’t care what Blank and Co. are saying.

  3. Freeing up cap space to bring in some skill position. Another running back probably since I think we are down to only 3. Probably Marshawn Lynch or someone like that for $ millions per. Our missing piece.

  4. This is similar to the Seahawks cutting Haushka to save a few bucks…then they signed the incompetent Walsh to replace him, which was a disaster.

    The Falcons will regret this move.

  5. Cutting him because you have to pay 2.8M for one of the very best and most consistent kickers in the NFL? Obviously the Falcon front office is thinking Talvecchio is “Money for nothing and your kicks for free.”

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