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Atlanta Falcons, Dunta Robinson Restructure Contract To Give Team More Cap Space

According to ESPN's Pat Yasinskas, the Atlanta Falcons and cornerback Dunta Robinson have come to an agreement that restructures his contract to free up some extra cap space for the team. Overall, the team will save $1.75 million in 2012 thanks to Robinson's new contract. The cornerback also agreed to waive a $3 million option bonus and he agreed to lower his base salary by $1 million this season.

This isn't totally a one-sided deal, though. Robinson gets a few benefits in return for the new deal.

But Robinson gets some benefits in return. His new $5 million base salary for this year has been fully guaranteed. The Falcons also increased Robinson's 2013 base salary to $8 million from $7 million and his 2014 salary was raised from $9 million to $10 million. His base salary for 2015 was increased from $9.5 to $11.5 million.

Yasinskas speculates that the Falcons could use the money saved to make a serious offer to potential free agent defensive end Mario Williams, who is likely to leave Houston. He believes that Robinson, who played in Houston from 2004 through 2009, and the rest of the secondary could benefit from Williams' ability to get to the passer.

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