The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they have waived fullback Collin Mooney and cornerback Travis Howard. Both Mooney and Howard spent last preseason with the Falcons, and both were placed on injured reserve by Atlanta prior to the start of the regular season.
Mooney, an Army grad, was initially signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans following the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent his first three seasons in Tennessee, with stints on the active roster an the practice squad. Mooney was generally considered to be the favorite to win the fullback roster spot during the preseason, but a torn bicep derailed those plans, and the team stuck with Patrick DiMarco. DiMarco had a phenomenal season that culminated in a Pro Bowl appearance. Mooney should have an opportunity to catch on elsewhere.
Former Ohio State Buckeye Howard was signed by the Houston Texans as a college free agent following the 2013 draft, and he's spent time on the New York Giants' and New England Patriots' practice squads. Howard signed with the Falcons during the 2015 preseason, and he had some promising moments in camp, but an injury kept him from having the opportunity to make the roster.
According to Spotrac.com, the Falcons save $450,000 by parting ways with Howard, and waiving Mooney saves them $525,000.