It wasn't all that surprising to see the Atlanta Falcons cut veteran right tackle Ryan Schraeder on Wednesday. The move will save the team $18.8 million over the next three years, including $6.45 million in cap space for 2019 because he was designated a post-June 1 cut.
Schraeder was a terrific story for the Falcons coming to Atlanta as an undrafted player from Valdosta St. and became a starting offensive tackle. The only other player from Valdosta St. with at least five years as a starter in the NFL is former Falcons linebacker Jessie Tuggle.
Schraeder started 73 games for the Falcons, including 69 contests in the last five years. Atlanta fans should appreciate everything he offered the Falcons and wish him well for the rest of his career.
But this move means two things for the Falcons. Firstly, the decision to cut Schrader frees up additional salary cap, giving them even more wiggle room after signing two offensive guards early Wednesday. In free agency, the Falcons added both James Carpenter and Jamon Brown, who are expected to start at each of the guard spots.
Even including Ty Sambrailo, who the Falcons signed to a contract extension last month, Atlanta only has three tackles on the roster as of March 13. Unless they sign another one in free agency, I would expect the Falcons to add significant depth to tackle in the draft and address the position with either their first or second-round picks.