by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/3/13) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports free agent Michael Turner plans to continue playing football in spite of not having a contract. Turner was released in March by the Falcons after failing a physical. He hurt his ankle in the NFC title game.
Falcons release Turner
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/1/13) The Falcons have released Michael Turner on Friday, ending a five-year stint with the team. Turner had his worst season with Atlanta in 2012, posting a poor 3.6 rushing yard average across 222 carries, good for 800 yards, but with 10 rushing touchdowns. He scored double-digit touchdowns every season for the Falcons but his production waned beginning toward the end of the 2011 season. Turner plans to keep playing. "I'm excited to begin a new chapter of my career and truly believe I have a lot left in the tank," Turner wrote on his Facebook page. "... Even though its a tough day I'm excited for what the future holds."
'Tough decision' coming on Turner?
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/22/13) On the same day ESPN joined in the chorus of reports expecting the release of Falcons running back Michael Turner, Atlanta head coach Mike Smith would not squash those reports. When asked about the Turner rumors, Smith said nothing Friday to squash them. "This time of the year there's tough decisions that have to be made," Smith said when asked specifically about the rumors Turner would be cut. "We're recalibrating our roster. Michael's under contract right now and we'll continue to go through the process in terms of how we're going to recalibrate it."
Report: Falcons done with Turner
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/10/13) The National Football Post believes the Falcons will be in the market for a new running back, signaling the end of Michael Turner's tenure with the team. Scouts believe Turner's ability to bounce and cut has declined, though he still has value as a downhill runner. Turner is set to make $6.9 million in 2013, a number likely too rich for the Falcons' tastes after he averaged 3.6 yards per carry in 2012.
Turner a cap casualty?
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/5/13) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution speculated Tuesday that running back Michael Turner could be a salary cap casualty. He's due to make $6.9 million in 2013 after hitting contract escalators last season. The team might try to renegotiate his deal first before letting him go. A previous report from the paper said the Falcons would likely use a running back-by-committee approach, possibly without Turner.
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The Falcons' relationship with Michael Turner went from good to tolerant to non-existent, leaving the veteran without a team. Turner was released in a salary-cap purge in early March and is looking for work after posting his worst year out of five in Atlanta. Under the promise of getting less of a workload in 2012, Turner averaged just under 14 carries per game and paired it with a career-worst 3.6 rushing average, finishing with an even 800 yards. But that was offset by another season with 10 rushing touchdown (his fifth straight) along with a prolific receiving year, at least by his standards (19 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown). Turner had at least 10 Fantasy points in half of his games thanks to those touchdowns, but even that modest production is tough to expect with a new team in 2013. We're sure he'll play somewhere this season but he could have even fewer carries. Consider him a reserve rusher with a middle- to late-round pick. (Updated 4/26/13)