Michael Turner has been as good of a Free Agent pickup as you can have. For example look at the Eagles, not all FA pickups workout as well as Turner has over the past 4 years. He has also played a tremendous role in making Matt Ryan into Iceman, however its time to trade him.
Reason 1: Age
Michael Turner is 29 years old and turns the big 3-0 early next year. Now 30 isint the end of the road, in fact he most likely still has 2 good years of 1000 yard rushing left in him, and you need that possibility in order to be able to trade him (no one wants a used up back. You have to make sure they get something out of it too.). His age factors in when we start to converse about his burst. Its just not there anymore the example is right here: 2008 vs 2011 (no clip but you guys have watched the games).
Reason 2: Los Pesos
Turner is owed 5 million in guarantees over the next year, which isint a whole lot but in comparison Jason Snelling is looking at a FA market price of about 1.5 to 2 million a year maximum (Mularkey's ineptitude to use the backs correctly actually helps us get the cheaper in FA). Quizz mean while is owed around 557,000 a year. Both are honestly better backs as far as this year goes, and both put together will cost less than turner.
Reason 3: We can get Picks!
First off let me clear up this notion that we are going to get a first rounder for turner. No we are not. He is an aging back who has been run into the ground by the Falcons. However the good news is that a team like the Browns, or perhaps the Chiefs may be willing to give up a 2nd and a 4th to acquire this veteran to solidify their backfields. I dont need to tell you guys how those extra picks may help us. In fact i actually see a scenarion in which the browns jettison Peyton Hillis, will trade their 2nd and 4th (Clevaland's actual pick not ours) to us for Turner. In which case we have an early 2nd for top flight End or a 2nd level tackle. but we also have a 4th rounder which im assuming will be used as a tool for movement within the draft by TD.
So the long and short of this whole thing is that someone in the Falcons FO needs to pick up the phone and call the Browns. Seriously. Do it.