Falcons to release vet right tackle Schraeder

Falcons to release vet right tackle Schraeder

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The Atlanta Falcons informed former starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder of his release, agent Joel Turner told ESPN.

Schraeder, who lost his job to Ty Sambrailo at the end of last season, had three years and $18.8 million remaining on his contract. His release saves $3.95 million against the Falcons’ 2019 cap.

Schraeder, a former undrafted player out of Valdosta State, started 73 of the 88 games he played with the Falcons. He started 13 games last season before being replaced by Sambrailo, who signed a three-year, $14.25 million contract extension ($6 million guaranteed) this offseason.

Schraeder signed a five-year, $31.5 million extension ($12.5 million guaranteed) in November of 2016. He developed a reputation for being a fighter but had trouble with certain speed-rushers, on occasion. Schraeder is expected to generate interest on the open market based on his experience. He battled through various injuries last season that affected his play.

The Falcons entered the offseason intent on building the offensive line around perennial Pro Bowl center Alex Mack and one-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Matthews. The team is set to add guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown in free agency, both of whom having starting experience.

Coach Dan Quinn said he has confidence in Sambrailo in a starting role, but the Falcons could target a starting-caliber right tackle in the draft. They hold the 14th overall pick.

NFL News

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March 13, 2019 at 12:24PM

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