The Falcons will reportedly terminate the contract of veteran guard Brandon Fusco, who joined the team as a free agent during the 2018 offseason. The move has not been confirmed by the team yet, and if confirmed, we do not know if they will designate Fusco as a post-June 1 cut or not, which will determine how much money the team saves against the cap. Either way, it’s expected to be north of $2 million.
Per this report from Howard Balzer, the move will be related to a failed physical, and would appear to be the move to bring the Falcons in line with the 90 man roster limit after adding a bunch of undrafted free agents earlier today.
If this move is confirmed, it would not be underselling it to say the writing has been on the wall for a while here. Atlanta spent big on veteran guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown earlier this offseason, adding two starting-caliber players to a position group that promised to be in flux with the arrival of new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. With Wes Schweitzer under contract, Adam Gettis also joining as a veteran depth option, and former fourth round pick Sean Harlow hanging around, the team figured to have enough guards, and unless Fusco was both healthy and a part of the team’s plans, he figured to be looking for a new team. The surprise addition of Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom with the 14th pick only made the move seem more likely.