Wednesday, Feb.6, 2019
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons are releasing kicker Matt Bryant, ending the 10-year run of the team's all-time leading scorer.
The decision Wednesday to not renew the team's option on the 43-year-old Bryant comes despite another strong season in 2018, when he made 20 of 21 field goals and 33 of 35 extra points. His only missed field goal was from 53 yards at Green Bay.
Bryant missed three games with a hamstring injury.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a team statement Bryant "will be remembered as one of the greatest Falcons of all time."
Bryant said on his Twitter account he plans to extend his career.
Giorgio Tavecchio, who was signed when Bryant was injured, was kept on the active roster the remainder of the season and could be the starter in 2019.
The move comes one day after the Falcons cut another veteran, cornerback Robert Alford.