Falcons have nearly $70 million in cap space after cutting Mariota

The Atlanta Falcons have released veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota just one year after signing him to a two-year, $18.75 million contract.

Not only does the move free up Desmond Ridder to be the starter going into 2023, Mariota’s release gives the Falcons even more money to spend this offseason.

By cutting the former No. 2 overall pick, the team has added $12 million in salary cap space, bringing their current total up to $66.7 million, per Over The Cap‘s projections.

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Story originally appeared on Falcons Wire