There were many Falcons fans, myself included, who weren't totally thrilled to see Paul Soliai heading elsewhere. He only did one thing very well, but as a run stopper and space eater on the defensive line, he was pretty great in 2015. Alas.
The good news, though, is that the Falcons are about to realize all the savings they got from cutting Soliai in the first place. If my math is right, it'll be close to $5.4 million when all is said and done, giving the Falcons enough cash on hand to chase a free agent or two if they feel there are upgrades out there, and giving them a little money to roll into 2016, when they'll be wanting to take a hard look at new contracts for the likes of Ryan Schraeder and a couple of new pieces via free agency, as always. It comes a little too late to allow the Falcons to land an impact player, naturally, but there will be options out there, including pass rusher Dwight Freeney, who is visiting the team this week.
It's worth noting, too, that the Falcons are going to save over $5 million per year for two years after this because of the cut, which is nothing to sneeze at. We'll see if the Falcons put it to good use.
How would you like to see the Falcons use this money?