Turner part of house cleaning: It’s now official. Michael Turner has been released by the Atlanta Falcons. The move comes at the end of a season that saw the veteran back rush for just 800 yards — his lowest total since joining the Dirty Birds in 2008. It clears the way for Atlanta to seek another back to help support its passing game. So far, Steven Jackson appears to be the leading candidate to fill the slot. As for Turner, it might be hard for him to find a job as a starter with a contending team. He recently turned 31 and while he didn’t see a ton of work early in his career with the San Diego Chargers, he’s made up for it by logging 300-plus carries in three of his past five seasons. His value could get a boost in the right situation, but right now, Turner appears to be no more than a No. 2 option in most leagues.
Eagles add another QB: As if there wasn’t enough of a logjam at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, things have gotten worse with the news that the team has signed current Arena Football League signal-caller G.J. Kinne. Add that to the recent signing of Dennis Dixon with the three QBs already on the roster and there just won’t be enough snaps to go around. Chip Kelly has promised an open competition for the starting job, though it seems a longshot for Kinne to win the gig. For what it’s worth, LeSean McCoy thinks it’s Michael Vick’s job to lose.
Garrard works out for Jets: The New York Jets have announced that Mark Sanchez will have competition for his starting job in 2013. Though while we’re waiting to see who that competition is, we do know that David Garrard is adding his name to the list of applicants. The veteran recently worked out for the Jets, joining Brady Quinn and Matt Moore as players the team could be interested in. Of that group, Garrard would have the most upside, even though back injuries have kept him off the field since 2010. Of course, there’s plenty that has to shake out before anyone can make a final judgment, but this will be one of the most watched quarterback competitions of the offseason.
– Marcas Grant
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