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Falcons Release FB Ovie Mughelli

The Falcons have parted ways with veteran fullback Ovie Mughelli.

Mughelli, 31, has started 38 of 69 games over his five seasons in Atlanta. Valued for his blocking, Mughelli has paved the way for three 1,000-yard seasons by Michael Turner, adding 70 rushing yards and a touchdown on his own. Mughelli also has 38 receptions for 295 yards and four touchdowns as a member of the Falcons.

A two-time Pro Bowler, most recently in 2010, Mughelli’s 2011 season ended with a right knee injury in October. The Falcons finished the season with Mike Cox at fullback and used a 2011 fifth round pick on fullback Bradie Ewing. Both players will earn the league minimum this upcoming season and their combined salary of $1.09 million in 2010 is far less expensive than the $3 million in base salary Mughelli was scheduled to earn in the final season of his six-year, $18 million contract.

By releasing Mughelli, the Falcons will save $3 million in cap space. As a vested veteran, Mughelli is free to sign with another club once his release becomes official.

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One Response to “Falcons Release FB Ovie Mughelli”

  1. Miss you much Ovie. Thank for the great memories.
    Pro Bowl Hawaii

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