Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino indicated that the team’s decision to release veteran defensive tackle Grady Jackson was football-related, implying that it had nothing to do with Jackson’s lawsuit filed against the organization during the off-season.
The Falcons had carried five defensive tackles on the roster all year long due to the injury to Rod Coleman which forced him to miss the first five games. Now that Coleman is healthy as well as Jonathan Babineaux who had also missed time due to injury, the team deemed it necessary to cut one of their “extra” tackles per Petrino. Jackson was the choice. Petrino also indicated how impressive rookie Trey Lewis has been. Lewis worked mostly at nose tackle during the summer, but had move to the other tackle position due to the injuries to Colemand and Babineaux.
However, not all parties deem Jackson’s release to be purely about football. For the second time this season, cornerback DeAngelo Hall expressed some dissatisfaction with the organization and coaching staff over Jackson’s release to the AJC. Hall also broached the topic of his contract status with the AJC, indicating his desire to be paid a lucrative contract overrides his desire to stay in Atlanta:
“I got one more year left on my deal. I feel I can go out and get a ton of money, whether it’s here or somewhere else.”