The Atlanta Falcons have announced they are releasing three veteran players: John Abraham, Dunta Robinson and Michael Turner.
Abraham, a defensive end, began his NFL career in 2000 with the New York Jets. He was traded to the Falcons in 2006 and is the NFL's active sack leader.
Robinson, a cornerback, was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2004 and signed with the Falcons in 2010. He had 214 tackles during the 47 games he played for the Falcons over three seasons.
Turner, a running back, was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2004 and signed with the Falcons in 2008. He holds franchise record for 60 rushing touchdowns with the team.
Falcons' Head Coach Mike Smith gave a statement in regards to the three players on Friday.
"As a football coach it is never easy to cut any player, especially veteran players who have been valuable members of the organization," Smith said. "The guys we released today have contributed to the success that we have had over the last five years, and we greatly appreciate their efforts."