Atlanta Falcons continue to say goodbye to their veterans. After parting ways with cornerback Robert Alford and kicker Matt Bryant in previous days, Falcons have also decided to release defensive end Brooks Reed.
The news was confirmed on Friday by Atlanta’s general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
“Brooks has been a good player and very good teammate over the last four seasons,” – said Dimitroff in a statement. “We have a great appreciation for his drive and work ethic as he was a key piece in our defensive line rotation. I have a great deal of respect for him and wish him the best as he moves forward in his career.”
By releasing Reed, Falcons will get to save $4.5 million, which is the amount that the 31-year-old was set to receive in 2019. Salary-cap was also the reason why the team walked away from Alford and Bryant.
After finding out that he will have to look for another job, Brooks Reed issued a statement via social media.
“Thankful to have been a part of the Atlanta Falcons for the last 4 years- it has been an incredible journey & I’m grateful to the city of ATL, the Falcons organization, my teammates, and all who have supported me along the way. I’m not done yet, & can’t wait to see what’s next!” – Reed wrote on Twitter.
Reed joined Falcons in 2015 after spending the first four years of his NFL career with the Houston Texans. He had a below-average 2018 by his own standards, playing 16 games and only managing 24 combined tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble.