Well, well.... The Atlanta Falcons just released tight end Alge Crumpler. They say it is part of a house cleaning, a fresh start for a team facing a tough rebuilding task.
There are a lot of players on the roster that need to go, but Crumpler isn't one of them. He is simply one of the best tight ends in the game. Not to mention the type of leader he was for the team.
If there is one thing this team will need is veteran leadership. Even when things were falling apart last year, Crumpler was trying to hold the team together. Also, Crumpler was a fan favorite. With the horrible Vick situation, Atlanta fans will need someone to cling to. If others like LB Keith Brooking and RB Warrick Dunn get cut, there will be little reason for fans to tune in.
The knock on Crumpler is his big contract and he missed a lot of time with a bad knee last year. The new coach may want to go in a cheaper direction, but I don't think he will find a better TE in the league.
Hopefully, Crumpler will end up on a team with a serious chance to win the Super Bowl.
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