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The Atlanta Falcons have created $4.8 million in salary cap space by restructuring the contract of right tackle Ryan Schraeder, ESPN’s Field Yates reports.
Schrader will still receive the same amount of money, but the move simply involves his $6-million roster bonus being converted to a signing bonus.
Atlanta entered free agency toward the bottom of the league in available cap space.
Whether it’s for a signing or two in the works, or perhaps the long-expected deal for standout cornerback Desmond Trufant, reworking Schraeder’s deal provides some flexibility in that regard.
Scrhraeder is coming off the best season of his career, where he started all 16 games in helping Atlanta to field the NFL’s top-ranked scoring offense. He was rewarded with a five-year, $31.5-million extension in November.