The Atlanta Falcons are set to release defensive lineman Paul Soliai on or after March 9, according to a report by NBC Sports.
Soliai, a former fourth-round pick out of Utah, saw his role reduced last year under first-year head coach Dan Quinn, the second season of a five-year, $32 million contract he signed back in 2014. He is due $5 million in 2016 and at age 32, it just doesn’t make sense for Atlanta to keep him around. Soliai appeared in 14 games last season, posting just 22 tackles with no sacks.
The good news for the Falcons is that by releasing Soliai as son as they can, the cap hit will be minimal at just $1.4 million this year and $2.8 million the next. In terms of replacing Soliai, who also spent seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins, odds are greater than none that his successor will be found via the upcoming NFL Draft.
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