Atlanta Falcons release veteran LB Dante Fowler Jr. following two seasons

The Atlanta FalconsReleased Dante Fowler Jr. Wednesday: The outside linebacker, who had one year remaining on his contract, was transferred.

Fowler, who had taken a pay cut in the 2021 season under a contract restructuring, failed to meet any incentives. He played in 14 games, starting with six and ending with 4.5 sacks.

Incentives markers were included in the contract for the 27-year old — $1 million bonuses that started at five sacks and continued to $5 million over five years. Atlanta wouldn't have been able afford to pay his cap hit of $29 million if he had not entered the contract he had reworked.

The team instead released Fowler after two years with the club. He started 19 games, registered 59 tackles, and 7.5sacks. Fowler was inconsistent in his play by the end the season. He would play in more than half of the snaps for some games while others he would only play 40%.

Fowler was the Falcons' leader with 4.5 sacks. Atlanta, however, was last in the NFL with 18.

He only had one quarterback hit in 2021 — Week 2 against The Falcons. Tampa Bay BuccaneersFowler had a sack, and forced fumbles when he was injured. Fowler was forced to miss three games due to a knee injury in October and November. Fowler only started one game thereafter — at the Carolina PanthersHe registered a sack, and three solo tackles in a season that was the best of his career.

Arthur Smith, Falcons coach said that Dante, just like many other Falcons players, gives everything he has. He's a hard-working football player, and it was fun to get to know him and to work with him.

It was his last bag with the Falcons.

Cutting Fowler will leave Falcons with $4666,668 in unclaimed money for 2022, but the club is free from the bulk of the inflated deal.

The No. Fowler was the No. 3 overall pick from Florida by Jacksonville in 2015's draft. He has played in 91 of the Jacksonville Jaguars?, Los Angeles RamsHe started 40 games for the Falcons and Rams. He had 11.5 sacks with the Rams in 2019, his most productive season. This was the first time in his career that he has reached double-digit sacks.

Fowler's release means that the Falcons now have only Ade Ogundeji, James Vaughters John CominskyAs far as contributors, the 2022 roster.

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