Falcons offensive tackle Todd Weiner announced his retirement yesterday. Weiner had been a mainstay for the Falcons at right tackle since signing with the team in 2002. This past season, he filled an invaluable role as a reserve left tackle when starter Sam Baker went down with injury early in the year.
Weiner played most of this past season injured, having undergone knee surgery last off-season. Knee injuries limited him to only 8 games in 2007. He came back this past season as a backup, but started 11 games at left tackle once Sam Baker went down with a back injury early in the season. Upon Baker’s return, he still split snaps with Weiner over the final few games of the season. Weiner had the following to say to the AJC about his decision to retire:
“It’s been something that has been weighing on my mind for quite some time to be honest with you. After going through the season that we had, and the amount of discomfort and pain that I was going through with the knee, it was just time.”
Weiner finishes an 11-year career where he started 116 games, including 96 with the Falcons. Weiner was a pivotal piece on an offensive line that led the league in rushing for three straight seasons between 2004-06. He was originally a second round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 1998, playing four seasons primarily as a reserve with that team. Per the AJC, the Falcons will have $4.75 million in cap relief towards this season.