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Dunta Robinson Helps The Falcons Free Up Cap Space

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Dunta Robinson takes his fair share of abuse here at The Falcoholic, and that's not likely to disappear entirely. He had a rough season in 2011 and Falcons fans are, to put it delicately, sometimes mean.

I want to tip my cap to Dunta today, though, because he's done the team real favors and helped them free up cap space for a big free agency splurge. Pat Yasinskas at ESPN reports that he waived a roster bonus and re-structured his contract for 2012, getting the team another $1.75 in cap space to play with.

It's a selfless, team-first move that makes you remember that for his flaws on the field, Dunta's never been called anything but a good teammate and hard worker off of it. That extra money could push the Falcons over the top on a free agent like Mario Williams or Ben Grubbs, or it could be used to help retain some of the outstanding in-house free agents. I salute you, Dunta.

There are incentives for Robinson, of course. His 2013 and 2014 salaries have increased by $1 million each, and his $5 million contract is fully guaranteed for this year, as Yasinskas notes. He also could have the chance to, as Yasinskas says, bring his old teammate Super Mario to Atlanta, which would give him a friendly face and an elite pass rusher that would help to make things easier on the secondary in general. Pair that with Mike Nolan's new scheme and Dunta's got a chance to bounce back in a big way in 2012, and he's more than smart enough to realize that.

What are your thoughts on this move?