have claimed former Mykal Walker off waivers, and waived LB Kuony Deng, per the team.
The Atlanta Falcons have decided to part ways with linebacker Mykal Walker, who had emerged as a starter last season.
Chosen as a 4th-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft from Fresno State, Walker’s release comes as he was about to enter the final year of his contract with the team.
The decision to release the 25-year-old linebacker was a bit unexpected, given his performance last season.
During the 2022 season, Walker started 12 games, recording a career-best record of 107 tackles, including four tackles for loss, secured his first-ever sack in the league, and managed to snag two interceptions.
This marked a significant turning point for Walker, transitioning from a rotational player with sporadic starts to becoming a full-time starter for the Falcons.
Walker’s contribution to the team over the course of his Falcons career was notable. He appeared in a total of 49 games, earning 20 starts, and managed to secure three interceptions and a sack during his tenure with the team.
In an Instagram post addressing his departure from the Falcons, Walker expressed his gratitude to the organization and fans while also hinting at his determination to continue his football journey elsewhere.
He wrote, “My journey is far from over.”
As Walker’s unexpected release generates speculation about his future destination, another team will surely take a look at him soon.