Atlanta Falcons: Lofa Tatupu released; 2 signed

Here's Mike Peterson (53) stretching as the Falcons opened their first 2009 minicamp in Flowery Branch.   CURTIS COMPTON / ccompton@ajc.com

Here's Mike Peterson (53) stretching as the Falcons opened their 2009 minicamp in Flowery Branch. He was signed after Tatupu was injured. CURTIS COMPTON / ccompton@ajc.com

The Falcons cut their losses at $600,000 and released linebacker Lofa Tatupu on Wednesday.

Tatupu suffered a pectoral injury while lifting weights last Thursday. Because his weight-lifting injury did not occur on the team’s premises, the Falcons were able to avoid owing him an additional $750,000 he was set to receive as a base salary and term his dismissal as a non-football injury.

Tatupu, a former Pro Bowler, who was trying to make a comeback after sitting out last season, had pectoral surgery Tuesday. The surgery will not allow him to play this season.

With the Falcons looking to replace leading tackler Curtis Lofton, Tatupu and Akeem Dent worked out with the first-team defense during the offseason.

Tatupu signed to a two-year, $3.6 million contract in March. He received a guaranteed $600,000 signing bonus and had a $1.25 million playing time escalator clause in his contract. His signing bonus will be counted against this year’s salary cap.

Tatupu, 29, a three-time Pro Bowler, didn’t play in 2011 after spending six seasons with Seattle. He was a first-team All-Pro selection after the 2007 season. He contemplated retirement, but elected to give it another try with the Falcons.

He was signed in March and basically received $600,000 for attending organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp.

In addtion to the Tatupu move, the Falcons signed wide receiver Tim Toone and defensive tackle Elisha Joseph.

They placed defensive tackle Corey Peters (foot injury) on the active, non-football injury list and waived safety Chad Faulcon.

Toone, who played at Weber State, was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2010. He was the last pick in the draft, earning the Mr. Irrelevant tag.

He has spent time on the practice squads in Detroit, Buffalo and Denver.

With Peters expected to miss at least three more weeks with a foot injury, Joseph, who’s 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, was needed for depth. He played at Temple. He’s spent time on Pittsburgh’s practice squad.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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73 comments Add your comment

JSS

July 25th, 2012
5:34 pm

JSS

July 25th, 2012
5:38 pm

Had the anesthesia worn off yet?

Brian

July 25th, 2012
5:40 pm

We have a deal with two other players?

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
5:46 pm

Would be nice if he returned the money he stole….

Runner-

July 25th, 2012
5:50 pm

THE FAN,

How the hell did he steal the money? It’s not as if this were a recreational type injury where the player was just messing around. He was lifting weights, trying to get. Etter, like all of our players should be doing. If anyone stole the money it was Jeff Fish for not watching him more closely knowing he was injury prone. But, again, better now than in the middle of the season.

Runner-

July 25th, 2012
5:50 pm

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
5:58 pm

Just like I said……..

Rick

July 25th, 2012
5:58 pm

Open up a spot for another player! Not complaints here!

Derp

July 25th, 2012
5:58 pm

If you tear your pec while working out, you’re probably an idiot, so it’s best he’s not on our team.

Lawdhammercy

July 25th, 2012
5:58 pm

What’s the back up plan?

[...] D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons are set to release linebacker Lofa Tatupu today with an injury settlement. The team announced yesterday that Tatupu would miss the entire season with a torn pectoral injury. Players reported today for the Falcons training camp. Practices begin tomorrow, and with the impending release of Tatupu the Falcons will have an available roster position to fill. By cutting Tatupu, the Falcons save roughly $400,000 in 2012 cap space. [...]

Brian

July 25th, 2012
6:02 pm

“Atlanta #Falcons: Lofa Tatupu to be released.Team has deal with two other players. More on http://AJC.Com later http://shar.es/tMaSs

Way to tease it D-Led

johnm

July 25th, 2012
6:02 pm

poor guy…oh well better now than in september

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
6:02 pm

I agree Derp………

MrShields

July 25th, 2012
6:06 pm

SOOOOO about Luis Castillo and either Crowder or Henderson… lol Im just saying tho…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 25th, 2012
6:09 pm

MrShields

July 25th, 2012
6:10 pm

Welp signing WR Tim Toone and DT Elisha Joseph…. that cancels out my last post… I guess that makes the rooster full… but why so many WRs, Was the 45 we already have not enought?

MrShields

July 25th, 2012
6:10 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 25th, 2012
6:16 pm

Roadway — You didn’t have to call them ignorant to make your point. Try again.

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
6:18 pm

Roadway,

Who the hell are you to name call? Are you a season ticket holder if not keep my name out of you mouth. I’m a season ticket holder and my money help pay some of these guys salary, and if I feel a certain way that’s my opinion. So actually your the ignorant one!!!!!!!!!

FalconsFan

July 25th, 2012
6:27 pm

Yall are idiots, he didn’t steal or take any money that he didn’t earn. You think he wanted this to happen? It’s amazing how few “football fans” actually know the game of football.

single white dove

July 25th, 2012
6:34 pm

WOW, what a blow. What are our options now DOL?

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
6:37 pm

Like I said , I say what the hell I want if I’m buying season tickets. Get you some!!!!!!!!!!

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
6:39 pm

By the way FalconsFan, how did he earn money when he never played a down IDIOT!!!!!!!!

Roadway

July 25th, 2012
6:40 pm

Come on D Orlando where is my comment… Someone else just called them idiots… ???

Roadway

July 25th, 2012
6:46 pm

D Orlando… I realize you probably feel like you have to protect Fan because he obviously doesn’t know much about football but what is up with letting him call FalconsFan an idiot?

SeenThisB4

July 25th, 2012
6:46 pm

Hmmm, Is Matt Ryan still lifting weights on his own? LOL!

[...] to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons have released linebacker Lofa Tatupu by giving him an injury settlement and sending [...]

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
6:49 pm

I’ve forgotten more football than you’ll ever know. I don’t protection from anyone check yourself………. ROADWAY

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
6:50 pm

Worry about yourself CHEERLEADER…….ROADWAY

The Corrector

July 25th, 2012
6:56 pm

No, you “don’t protection” for sure, but perhaps you “do literacy” some

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
7:01 pm

I SEE WE HAVE ANOTHER CHEERLEADER ON THE LINE……..THE CORRECTOR

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
7:02 pm

TYPO” DON’T NEED PROTECTION” THANKS CHEERLEADERS……

waynester

July 25th, 2012
7:04 pm

I’m curious why some posters are blaming coach Fish for the re-injury to Tatupu. Is there ANY evidence to back up such an assertion?

The Corrector

July 25th, 2012
7:04 pm

haha, I see, all caps, I am intimidated and must leave. You, sir, are a master debater for sure. Flawless arguments, stellar syntax and vocabulary, keep up the good work.

[...] Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters will go on the team’s active/Non-Football Injury list. Per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC, Peters is set to miss at least 3 weeks with a foot injury that sidelined him throughout the [...]

Paddy O

July 25th, 2012
7:06 pm

well, this was a quick experiment. back to the drawing board.

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
7:06 pm

I’ll try Corrector……LLH

Rick

July 25th, 2012
7:06 pm

How does this effect the cap space

Bucky Badger

July 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

Too bad for Tatupu…Time for the Falcons to move forward. Akeem will fill the Lofton void & Nolan’s new schemes will make everyone better! Falcons will be Much better on Both sides of the ball. Aint’s will have a dismal season & the Birds will get deep into the Playoffs! GO FALCONS!

Roadway

July 25th, 2012
7:10 pm

Corrector… I am right there with you. Nothing I intimidates me more than all caps, and then when you figure in that The Fan has already forgot? more football than I will ever know…. Well I guess u am just outmatched!

Falcon James

July 25th, 2012
7:10 pm

Holy huge payoff Batman!!! I feel for the Falcon. Its a shame there was not an injury clause. I am sure the injury was not worth $600K to Taputu and could end up being the last pay check he ever earns in the NFL. There is no winners in this situation. The Falcon paid $600K for a camp body, and Taputu could have earned his last big pay day. In any event, I wish him a speedy recovery. Sorry we could not see him play. As far as the Falcon are concerned, they have lost more money than that in the past few years. Can someone say Sam Baker? Peria Jerry? Dunta?

Roadway

July 25th, 2012
7:11 pm

Threw in some grammatical errors there to make sure that The Fan could comprehend what I was saying.

jambro

July 25th, 2012
7:11 pm

The Fan I think you sit a few seats behind me , you sound like the jerk anyway

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
7:18 pm

Forgotten more football than you will ever know. You need a teammate to help you I see!!!!!!! I’m not trying intimidate anyone, I was expressing my opinion when you started the name calling Roadway. Last I check everything on this blog is opinionated, so tell me way you had to go there?

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
7:19 pm

Your Mother jambro!!!!!!

Gamer

July 25th, 2012
7:22 pm

Never was sold on Tatupu.

AS A PROFESSIONAL ATHELETE, HOW DO YOU INJURE YOURSELF BENCH PRESSING?

ANSWER: NOT KNOWING YOUR LIMIT.

His injury in Seattle kept him out a full season and he knew it. He did a snow job on TD.

Bad business

THE FAN

July 25th, 2012
7:24 pm

Thank you Gamer……..

Mikey

July 25th, 2012
7:24 pm

A sad story. I feel bad for Mr. Tatupu. He is a class guy and am sure he was giving it his best. For the Falcons, I feel it was worth a shot just in case and agree that I would rather it happened now than later in the season. My best wishes for Mr. Tatupu… a class act.

Roadway

July 25th, 2012
7:29 pm

Fan… Can you please slow down and concentrate and put together a couple if sentences that make sense. Glad to know that everything on this blog is “opinionated” and what in the world does “so tell me way you had to go there” mean. I am assuming it has to do with all of that football knowledge that you have already forgotten.