The Atlanta Falcons announced the acquisition of former Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo via trade in addition to the release of 14 players. The trade for Sambrailo was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, although it was suspected by some that the team would be interested in him once it was known he might become available. The Falcons sent a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to Denver in order to acquire Sambrailo. With the trade acquisition and the team’s cuts, the Falcons roster now stands at 72 players ahead of the Saturday afternoon deadline to get under the 53-man roster limit.
Sambrailo was a second-round draft pick out of Colorado State by the Broncos in 2015 after drawing interest from the Falcons prior to that year’s draft. Unfortunately, injuries and poor play marred his first two seasons with the team. He wound up only playing 13 games and making seven starts with the team before being labeled a bust. Infamously in one of his few starts against the Falcons in 2016, he gave up three sacks to defensive end Vic Beasley. Sambrailo was suffering from an elbow injury in that game, with the injury helping to facilitate his struggles.
Over the course of his collegiate career at Colorado State, Sambrailo started 42 games mostly at left tackle. But he also logged starts at left guard, right guard and right tackle during his collegiate days. He also earned reps at center for the Broncos this past summer during their preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals.
Sambrailo helps shore up depth for the Falcons offensive line that is lacking in experienced players. The Falcons recently signed Austin Pasztor in free agency, but he has been dealing with a pectoral injury that has prevented him from suiting up for the team during the preseason, possibly putting his readiness for the team’s season-opener against the Chicago Bears on September 10 in jeopardy.
The Falcons wound up cutting offensive linemen Travis Averill, Larson Graham, Andreas Knappe and D.J. Tialavea, wide receivers Anthony Dablé and Josh Magee, defensive tackle A.J. Jefferson, cornerback Jarnor Jones and Akeem King, linebacker Jack Lynn, kicker Mike Meyer, fullback Tyler Renew, running back Kelvin Taylor and quarterback Alek Torgersen.
Notably King was drafted by the Falcons in the seventh round of the 2015 draft. But he missed all of 2016 with a foot injury. Tialavea first joined the Falcons in August 2015, before spending the latter half of that season on the team’s practice squad. He managed to finish each of the past two seasons on the team’s active roster, however only made two appearances in that span, catching a single pass for a one-yard touchdown.