ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 16: Ovie Mughelli #34 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on October 16, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
A topic that has been discussed constantly throughout this offseason finally has a resolution. The Falcons have released their two-time All-Pro fullback Ovie Mughelli, ending his tenure in Atlanta after five seasons.
The drafting of Bradie Ewing set this move in motion in the eyes of the public. Some were absolutely certain Mughelli wasn't going anywhere, but it was hard to deny the facts surrounding his situation.
Mughelli signed a six-year contract worth $18 million back in 2007. His salary for 2012 was set at $3 million. The talk in recent days was that his current cap hit was far too large for a fullback, especially one coming off of a major knee injury.
He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2010, and probably could have made a return in 2011 if he hadn't been placed on IR this past October.
A fan favorite here, no one will be happy about this move. Mughelli was a hard worker who really made an impact in the run game. Michael Turner must have thanked him dozens of times for opening up huge lanes to run through.
With this cut the Falcons will look to Mike Cox and Ewing to battle for the open fullback spot. We'll certainly all miss Ovie, but football is a business. I wish him the best going forward, as I'm sure you all do.
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