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Atlanta Falcons release wideout Harry Douglas

The Atlanta Falcons continue to cut the fat ahead of next month's foray into free agency.

One day after releasing veteran running back Steven Jackson, the team has cut wideout Harry Douglas, a source informed of the move told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Jackson's departure saves the Falcons $3.75 million in cap space, while cutting Douglas trims another $3.5 million off the books.

We marked the receiver's return as "iffy" at best in our Falcons offseason forecast after general manager Thomas Dimitroff acknowledged the front office had "big decisions to make" on Douglas, Jackson and other high-priced vets.

It's possible the team brings back Douglas at a lower salary. The wideout is one season removed from his first 1,000-yard campaign, but he amounts to nothing more than a third option behind Julio Jones and Roddy White.

Look for Atlanta to use their newfound cash surplus to restock a talent-poor defense while making a pass-catching tight end their priority on offense.

The latest Around The NFL Podcast previews free agency and tells you which big-name players could be released. Find more Around The NFL content on NFL NOW.

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