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Atlanta creates another need on defense with the release of Paul Soliai

The Falcons released Paul Soliai Wednesday, creating more cap room and another need on defense.

The Falcons finally let defensive tackle Paul Soliai go on Wednesday, a move that had been expected the last few weeks.

The move is designated as a post-June 1 cut, meaning the Falcons save around $5.4 million in the salary cap. They also reportedly save $5.5 million next year and $7 million on the cap in 2018. 

Soliai was very effective in his two seasons with the Falcons, but the cap hit of $7 million was too rich for the Falcons' blood. The Falcons may turn to Grady Jarrett or Joey Mbu at that position. They also have Ra'Shede Hageman on the line and could draft a defensive tackle next month.

Soliai was signed two years ago from the Dolphins. He was particularly solid against the run, as the Falcons' run defense improved in 2015.

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