The Atlanta Falcons are moving on from some of their veteran players. Two key cogs of their team over the past two seasons will now be seeking a new city to live in.
Running back Steven Jackson and wide receiver Harry Douglas were both cut in the past 24 hours, freeing up a little more than $7 million in cap space for the Falcons.
Jackson played the past two seasons in Atlanta after spending nine years with the St. Louis Rams. The 31-year-old played all but one game last season, rushing for 707 yards and six touchdowns on 190 carries.
In 27 games in Atlanta, Jackson averaged 3.6 yards per carry and scored 13 total touchdowns.
Douglas has spent his entire career in Atlanta, catching 258 passes for 3,130 yards and eight touchdowns in 91 games.
After a strong 2013 campaign filling in for injured receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, Douglas’ production fell off in 12 games last season. He caught 51 passes for 551 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Of the two, there is a chance the Falcons bring Douglas back on a cheaper deal. Jackson will seek a new team where he can at least share the load, since he has no plans to retire before next season.