The Falcons announced Tuesday that fullback Jason Snelling has decided to retire. Snelling cited a desire to spend more time with his family as the main reason why he is calling it a career now. Snelling was taken by the Falcons in the seventh round of the 2007 draft and turned into one of the game's better blocking and pass-catching fullbacks. He is 30 years old and had one season remaining on his current contract.
Snelling was probably told that he was going to be released, considering the likelihood that the Falcons weren't going to pick up his $1.375 million contract for 2014 and saw now as a good of a time as any to hang it up. Regardless, happy trails. Even with Steven Jackson still around, the Falcons should be in the market for help at running back or fullback.