The Atlanta Falcons’ salary cap troubles have forced the team to make a tough decision and release starting corner Ricardo Allen and veteran defensive end Allen Bailey. The organization also waived quarterback Kurt Benkert, who spent 2020 on the practice squad. The team confirmed the moves on Thursday via social media.
By parting ways with Allen and Bailey, the Falcons managed to clear $10.75 million in the salary cap. They were previously more than $30 million over the projected cap for the new NFL season.
Since each team has to be cap-compliant on the first day of the league year (March 17), it is safe to say that Atlanta isn’t done with making moves. More cuts will probably follow in the next few weeks, while contract restructures with players are also an option.
Ricardo Allen started 76 games for the Falcons since being selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. During his time with the franchise, he totaled 340 tackles, 26 passes defended, 11 interceptions, and one sack.
Allen Bailey, on the other hand, joined the Falcons in 2019 after previously playing eight years with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played 31 games (nine starts) while in Atlanta, contributing with 41 tackles and 2.5 sacks.