Atlanta Falcons defensive end Brooks Reed

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Brooks Reed won't be with Falcons in 2019, lineman says

February 07, 2019 - 9:22 am

The cap casualties continue to roll through as the Atlanta Falcons clear payroll for the 2019 season. 

And, going along with the new trend in announcing these moves, defensive end Brooks Reed let us in on the move via social media. Per his Instagram account:

Thankful to have been a part of the Atlanta Falcons for the last four years- it has been an incredible journey and I’m so grateful to the city of Atlanta, the Falcons organization, my teammates, and all who have supported me along the way. I walk away with lifelong friendships and memories I will cherish forever. I’m not done yet, and can’t wait to see what’s next!

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The Falcons would have been on the hook for $5.44 million had Reed stayed with the team. By releasing him -- the Falcons have not confirmed the move, yet -- Atlanta will save $4.5 million and take a dead-money cap hit of $940,000 in 2019.