The Falcons announced seventeen cuts today as they work their way to the league-mandated 53-man roster by 6 pm tomorrow. Most prominent among those moves were the team’s decision to cut veterans defensive end Chauncey Davis and linebacker Coy Wire.
The other players cut were: TE Marquez Branson, FB Lucas Cox, OC Paul Fenaroli, S Matt Hansen, WR Brandyn Harvey, RB Gartrell Johnson, DT Trey Lewis, DE Tom McCarthy, CB Kamaal McIlwain, OC Ryan McMahon, CB Rafael Priest, DT Kiante Tripp, S Suaesi Tuimaunei, and LB Bear Woods. The team reached an injury settlement with WR Andy Strickland as well.
The Falcons will still need to make ten more moves before Saturday’s deadline.
Davis was the longest-tenured Falcon among those players cut. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, and served as a valuable role player, appearing in every game since then. Over six seasons with the team, Davis started 26 games, recorded 174 tackles, 10 sacks, scored 2 touchdowns, blocked 2 field goals, and recovered 10 fumbles. Davis was due a base salary of $3.75 million this year, which likely played heavily in the team’s decision to cut him as they also have to get under the $120 million salary cap.
Wire joined the Falcons in 2008 after six years with the Buffalo Bills where he played both safety and linebacker. As a full-time linebacker for the Falcons, he added valuable depth at all three positions and performed well on special teams. He started 4 games in 2008 and had 19 tackles that year. He also combined for 32 tackles on special teams in the past three years.