ATLANTA The Atlanta Falcons released veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson Friday morning as part of a series of moves to get under the salary, according to a team press release.

Robinson, who was a first-round draft pick (10th overall) of the Houston Texans in 2004, was released along with defensive end John Abraham and running back Michael Turner.

The veteran defensive back played six years with the Texans before signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Falcons in 2010.

As a football coach it is never easy to cut any player, especially veteran players who have been valuable members of the organization, Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. The guys we released today have contributed to the success that we have had over the last five years, and we greatly appreciate their efforts.

Robinson played in 47 games during his three seasons in Atlanta, totaling 214 tackles (183 solo), four interceptions, 1.5 sacks and 24 passes defensed.

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