The Falcons announced the release of CB Asante Samuel and OLB Stephen Nicholas today, marking the official start of release season for the NFL.
Samuel was scheduled to earn $3.5 million in base salary plus a possible $1 million in roster bonus money that was dependent on games active. He will now count for just $750,000 in dead money and free up slightly over $4 million in cap room for the Falcons. Nicholas was set to earn $3 million and his release will create $2 million in cap room. He was sparingly used in 2013 on defense this an easy decision for the Falcons.
As of Monday I estimated the Falcons to have around $7 million in cap room. They should now be around $12 million under the projected salary cap once we factor in the costs of two replacement players for Samuel and Nicholas.
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