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Falcons decline Bryant's team option

February 06, 2019 - 12:00 pm

According to Matt Bryant on his Twitter account, the Atlanta Falcons are releasing the 17-year veteran kicker.

The Falcons announced later Wednesday that the team will not exercise its team option for the 2019 season.

“Matt Bryant will be remembered as one of the greatest Falcons of all time,” Falcons owner Arthur M. Blank said via the team's website.

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Bryant has been with the Falcons for 10 years and in the NFL for 17. With Atlanta he connected on 86.2 percent of his field goals and 98.8 percent of his extra-point attempts.

His career long was a 62-yarder in 2006 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His long-flight Falcons kick came in 2016 with a 59-yard connection.

Acording to Spotrac, the Falcons will take a $1.33 million dead-money cap hit in 2019 for releasing Bryant. They'll suffer through $667K dead money in 2020. Bryant was set to make $4.16 million in 2019 and then again in 2020.