Michael Turner | RB
Posted: 7/7/2013 11:31pm et
Free-agent RB Michael Turner (Falcons) would like to sign with a team before the start of training camp but has been able to find a contract to his liking. He hasn't considered retirement at this point.
Huddle Up: Turner turned 31 in February and has logged a lot of mileage lately with 1,411 of his 1,639 career carries coming over his 5 years in Atlanta. It all looked to be catching up to the RB last season as he averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry.
Posted: 3/8/2013 12:06am et
The New England Patriots could show interest in free-agent RB Michael Turner (Falcons) and Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent RB Peyton Hillis this offseason if they are willing to accept the role as a goal-line back.
Huddle Up: Danny Woodhead is a UFA and isn't expected to return so there is an opening in the N.E. backfield. And, hey, this is the Pats, whose goal it seems is to frustrate fantasy owners by unpredictably mixing and matching a full stable of backs on a weekly basis.
Posted: 3/3/2013 1:43pm et
The New York Giants could show interest in free-agent RB Michael Turner (Falcons) as a short-yardage back.
Huddle Up: Turner may no longer be a No. 1 back any more, but he definitely does have a nose for the end zone with 5 straight seasons with double-digit rushing TDs, including 10 this past season.
Posted: 3/1/2013 12:59pm et
The Atlanta Falcons released RB Michael Turner.
Huddle Up: Everyone saw this coming, as the Falcons clear $6.4 million in cap space by releasing the 31-year-old running back. The move leaves Jacquizz Rodgers as Atlanta's primary ball-carrier, at least for the moment; expect the Falcons to address the position via the draft or free agency.
Posted: 2/22/2013 1:04pm et
The Atlanta Falcons are likely to release RB Michael Turner. He's scheduled to make $6.9 million in 2013.
Huddle Up: Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling would be in line to share the backfield workload in Atlanta sans Turner, but you would have to think the Falcons would look for additional backfield help in the draft or free agency. Turner, meanwhile, would be a short-yardage committee option elsewhere.
Posted: 1/25/2013 9:53pm et
The Atlanta Falcons could consider restructuring RB Michael Turner's contract and use him as a red zone running back next season.
Huddle Up: Turner had digressed into the lead dog in an RBBC by season's end, with the bulk of his fantasy value coming as a goal line back. Jacquizz Rodgers may not be the Falcons' answer as an every-down back, but he could be involved in another committee approach with Turner as the goal line guy. Either way, Turner's days as a consistent 20-carry per game back appear to be in his rear-view mirror.
Posted: 1/20/2013 10:36pm et
Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner (ankle) suffered an ankle injury early in the third quarter of Sunday's NFC Championship Game and did not return.
Huddle Up: Turner finished with 30 yards on 8 carries, and there is speculation that he might be a salary-cap casualty in the offseason after an 803-yard rushing season -- his worst in 5 seasons with the Falcons.
Posted: 1/10/2013 2:00pm et
Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner could be cut in the offseason. He has a $5.5 million salary, and the soon-to-be 31-year-old has shown signs of aging.
Huddle Up: Turner bailed out his fantasy owners with 10 TDs, but finished with only 803 yards -- his lowest single-season output since coming to Atlanta in 2008 -- had only 2 100-yard games and averaged only 3.6 yards per carry. At the very least, his days as a full-time starter seem to be numbered.
Posted: 1/5/2013 10:17am et
Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner carried the football just 222 times this season, well below his 301 carries last season. Entering the team's previous three playoffs trips, in 2008, 2010 and 2012, Turner had 376, 334 and 301 carries in the regular season, respectively. Turner also enters the playoffs healthy. "I tore my groin the last two years, one side one year, the other side the next year," Turner said. "So I don't have those problems coming into this year. I'm good."
Huddle Up: Um... ouch? Turner hasn't looked particularly spry down the stretch, but perhaps he's just been pacing himself. If he is indeed healthy and can give the Falcons 20 quality carries a game he'll provide a nice balance to the explosive Atlanta offense. Jacquizz Rodgers should see plenty of touches as well.