"We thank Robert for all that he brought to the team during his six seasons in Atlanta," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "He was a significant contributor to our defense and we have a great deal of respect for him. We wish Robert all the best going forward."
Atlanta is projected to have just $14.4 million in cap space after finishing 7-9 in 2018, and could use the additional space to rehab its roster. Of the team's top 15 salaries, Alford's cap-savings difference was the largest by a significant margin, bringing sense to what is simply a business move on the part of the team.