The Atlanta Falcons have cut 29-year old linebacker Lofa Tatupu, according to a report from SB Nation Football. Tatupu, who sat out the 2011 season after being released by the Seattle Seahawks, sustained a torn pectoral injury while working out that would have left him unable to perform for the entire 2012 season.
Tatupu had signed a 2-year, $3.6 million deal with the Falcons but will not be owed any more than the $600,000 signing bonus and save $750,000 in salary by not placing him on Injured Reserve. The Falcons took a chance on Tatupu, looking for a veteran presence as well as additional depth at lienbacker. Tatupu made the Pro Bowl his first three years in the league but had not returned since 2007.