Falcons to release RB Mike Davis, save $2.5 million

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After selecting BYU running Tyler Allgeier in the fifth round, Mike Davis and his $2.75 million salary for 2022 became expendable. According to Jordan Schultz, the Falcons are releasing Davis and saving $2.5 million against the cap.

Allgeier is a physical runner who led the nation in touchdowns and set a single-season rushing record at BYU. Modeling his game after Marshawn Lynch and Nick Chubb, the former Cougar is the type of runner who likes to dish out punishment instead of taking it — hammer, not the nail. Davis’s spot on the roster always seemed secured unless the Falcons selected a running back.

Davis wasn’t needed with the team re-signing Cordarrelle Patterson and bringing in Damien Williams. He signed the only multi-year deal of Terry Fontenot’s first free-agent class, and it didn’t quite work out for the Georgia native. Davis finished with 503 yards and one touchdown on 138 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. He added 259 yards and another touchdown through the air on 44 receptions, averaging 5.9 yards per reception.

Two touchdowns throughout the entire season is not what you want from a guy on a multi-year deal; even Davis himself admitted this was a down year. He fumbled the ball more times this season than in every other year of his career combined. The dead cap associated with cutting Davis is minimal, so Fontenot elected to draft a running back to replace Davis.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire
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