FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons Saturday made 22 roster moves to reach the NFL’s mandatory 53-player limit and traded cornerback/return man Allen Rossum.
The Falcons waived quarterback Casey Bramlet, running backs Arlen Harris and Justin Vincent, wide receivers Vincent Marshall, Eric Weems, Otis Amey and Noriaki Kinoshita, tight ends George Cooper and Daniel Fells, offensive linemen Bo Lacy, Kurt Quarterman and Frank Omiyale, defensive ends Nic Clemons and Paul Carrington, defensive tackles Tommy Jackson and Darrell Shropshire, linebackers John Leake and Travis Williams and defensive backs Tony Franklin and Brent Grimes.
The team released offensive lineman P.J. Alexander and kicker Billy Cundiff.
Rossum was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for an undisclosed draft pick.
Atlanta may start establishing an eight-player practice squad Sunday.
Ten of the team's 11 draft picks made the 53-man roster. The lone exception, center Doug Datish, was placed on injured reserve during training camp and will miss the season with a wrist injury.
Rossum leaves with team records for punt return yards in a season (1,723), career kick off return yards (5,489) and touchdowns on punt returns (two). He had a 59-yard return that set up a score Monday night against the Bengals and earned a spot in the Pro Bowl after a 2004 season that included two interceptions on defense, a touchdown on a punt return and an NFL postseason-record 152 return yards (and a touchdown) against the St. Louis Rams.
"It's always tough to lose a person like Allen Rossum on your football team, however we feel confident in Adam Jennings’ abilities as a returner," said Falcons President and General Manager Rich McKay. "We feel this move is in the long-term best interest of our club."
Also notable, Matt Prater, who hit two field goals in Friday night's victory over the Ravens remains on the roster as the team's kicker. He hit the game-winner in the team's 13-10 victory in the preseason finale, but has no action in a regular-season game. Cundiff was the only kicker on the roster after the team released Aaron Elling Aug. 6.
That changed Thursday when Prater was brought aboard.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, Cundiff spent time with the Buccaneers, Packers and Saints before signing with Atlanta the first week of May. In four seasons with the Cowboys he converted 60 of 82 field goals (73.2 percent).
"There’s all kinds of reasons for roster changes," special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said Aug. 6. "All teams go through it. It could be performance related. It could be numbers related. It could be a situation where there’s someone else out there and it’s related to that."
The Falcons parted ways with two defensive ends -- Carrington and Clemons. Carrington, a second-year player, was originally signed as an undrafted rookie. He saw action in 15 games last season and finished the year with three sacks.
Jackson saw time at the nose and under tackle position throughout training camp and the preseason. The 311-pounder was another undrafted rookie last season that saw action in five games. Shropshire had three career sacks in two seasons with the Faclons.
Alexander spent much of camp competing for the No. 2 center job with Ben Wilkerson. A five-year veteran, Alexander started five games at guard for the Falcons in 2006.
Leake has spent time with the Falcons and Packers in his three-year career and has played in 25 regular-season games, mostly on special teams.
Following a 3-1 preseason record, the Falcons will open the 2007 campaign on the road when the team travels to play the Vikings on Sept. 9.
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