Michael Turner thanks Falcons after receiving release

Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

The Falcons released Michael Turner on Friday, but Turner held no ill will towards the team, thanking them on his Facebook.

Michael Turner's five-year run with the Atlanta Falcons is over. The team cut Turner on Friday, a move that was widely anticipated, but the running back holds no ill will towards the team. He took to his Facebook to thank the team for his five years in Atlanta.

Hey Facebook friends, I want to thank the Atlanta Falcons for the opportunity to be a part of something great. We accomplished a lot during my time here and I will always cherish the memories and relationships I made. I want to thank Mr.Blank for all he's done for me and my career. He's a great owner and an even better philanthropist.

This is a tough business but I understand it's nature and respect the process.

I'm excited to begin a new chapter of my career and truly believe I have a lot left in the tank.

I also want to take a moment and thank the Atlanta Falcons fans. You guys made it easy for me to come to work every day and give you everything I had.

Even though it's a tough day I'm excited for what the future holds. Thank you, again, to the Falcons organization. I wish you guys nothing but the best.

Turner was due to earn $6.9 million in 2013, a big number for a 31-year-old running back coming off of an injury-plagued season. He ran for just 800 yards an a career-low 3.6 yards per carry in 2012 as the Falcons gave more carries to Jacquizz Rodgers, who the team plans to feature even more in 2013.

Turner was the Falcon's big offseason signing in 2008 when they gave him a $34.5 million contract. He made good on his end of the deal, too, rushing for 1,699 yards in his first season for the Falcons and more than 1,300 yards in 2010 and 2012. Turner leaves Atlanta as the franchise's record holder for touchdowns in a season (17), which he set in 2008, and career rushing touchdowns (60)

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