Falcons releasing 43-year-old kicker Matt Bryant

first_imgThe move comes as a surprise, since Bryant signed a three-year extension with Atlanta last offseason and he was consistent last year. In 2018, he made 20 of 21 field goals and 33 of 35 extra point attempts.Bryant said he will be back for an 18th NFL season. The Falcons later confirmed the roster change.💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰#ThankYouMoneyMatt— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) February 6, 2019“Matt Bryant will be remembered as one of the greatest Falcons of all time,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “He is the leading scorer in the history of the team with 1,122 points and made countless memorable and game-winning kicks.”His reliability and dependability were unmatched and he has been unflappable in pressure-filled moments. Matt has represented our organization and city so well on and off the field by living our core values through hundreds of hours of community service. He was rightfully recognized as our Walter Payton Man of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. We are deeply grateful for his contributions to the Atlanta Falcons and wish Matt, his wife Melissa and their children all the best in the future.”Bryant had been with the team since the 2009 season. With Bryant cut, the Falcons will save about $2.83 million in cap room this year but will take on a $1.33 million dead cap hit. Nick Foles to buy out contract after Eagles pick up $20M option, report says #theshowmustgoon pic.twitter.com/J63iycYTSY— matt bryant (@Matt_Bryant3) February 6, 2019″I was informed last night that the team was moving on from my services,” Bryant posted to Twitter Wednesday. “…It was a(n) honor to be apart of some big moments in this franchise’s history. This chapter is now closed.”I look forward to bringing the success and consistency that I’ve produced to my next team.” Related News The Falcons have elected to move on from kicker Matt Bryant.The 43-year-old announced Wednesday that Atlanta told him they would not bring him back next season, but said he would not be retiring.last_img read more

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Washougal students talk about environment during Outdoor School

first_imgSKAMANIA — Set against the background of the charred Columbia River Gorge, a group of Washougal sixth-graders stood from a crouch and stretched their arms high to the sky.This, a group of United States Forest Service field rangers explained, is what succession looks like: the process of ferns, then grasses and eventually trees growing in a fire-ravaged landscape.“To have this, it’s an interactive way for kids to talk about it,” said Kat Schut, a field ranger stationed in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. She spent last fall fighting the Eagle Creek Fire herself.Finding interactive ways to talk about nature was the theme for the week, as students gathered in the park for Outdoor School, an annual program hosted by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge.“We’re trying to provide information for the next generation of Gorge stewards,” said Kate Lindberg, the organization’s outdoor programs coordinator.About 60 Canyon Creek Middle School students gathered at the Beacon Rock State Park day use area Thursday to learn about native plants, wildlife, the history of Lewis and Clark’s westward trek and, perhaps most visually, last year’s Eagle Creek Fire. Though the Washington side remained largely unscathed by the 55,000-acre wildfire that started after a Vancouver teenager threw fireworks into Eagle Creek Canyon in September, students were able to point out the scarred earth and blackened trees just across the Columbia River.last_img read more

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