The Atlanta Falcons signed Ovie Mughelli to a six-year contract extension after the 2007 season, making him the highest paid fullback in NFL history at the time. On Tuesday morning the Falcons released Mughelli.
Per league source, #Falcons release FB Ovie Mughelli— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) May 8, 2012
After the 2010 season Mughelli was named to the NFL All-Pro team for the second time in his career and was selected to his first ever NFL Pro Bowl. For the 2011 season, the 31-year old fullback played in just seven games, dealing with lower leg injuries for most of the season.
Mughelli was essentially a blocking fullback only, rarely getting carries or catching the football out of the backfield and was set to make $3 million for the 2012 season.
The Falcons drafted Wisconsin fullback Bradie Ewing in the fifth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, making Mughelli expendable.