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Atlanta Falcons Release Star-Studded Trio

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(ATLANTA) --  The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they released veterans Michael Turner, John Abraham, and Dunta Robinson on Friday in an attempt to clear major salary-cap space.

The moves saved the Falcons $15.9 million in salary and moved them under the cap, which is set at $123 million for this season.

"As a football coach it is never easy to cut any player, especially veteran players who have been valuable members of the organization," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. "The guys we released today have contributed to the success that we have had over the last five years, and we greatly appreciate their efforts."

The 31-year-old Turner was Atlanta's leading rusher in 2012, gaining 800 yards on the ground to go along with 10 touchdowns.  Abraham led the defense in sacks last season with 10.  He collected 68.5 sacks in seven seasons with the Falcons.

Robinson was cut after three seasons with the team, totaling over 200 tackles and four interceptions.

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