The Falcons will have some extremely tough decisions. Michael Turner, who’s scheduled to receive $6.9 million in base salary next season, could be a candidate to have his contract renegotiated or even be replaced by a running back from the draft.
Turner’s base salary for 2013 increases from $5.5 million to $6.9 million because of an escalator clause from 2008 and 2010-11 performance incentives. He also has a prorated signing bonus of $2.5 million to absorb so the team’s net salary cap gain would be $4.4 million.
The Falcons have become disappointed in Turner’s play on third down, and he was stuffed on several short yardage plays. Reports are that Atlanta could target Shonn Greene of the Jets to pair with Jacquizz Rodgers.