Originally created 06/03/04

Falcons cut CB Williams, 2003 draft pick



ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons officially are starting over at cornerback.

After releasing veteran Ray Buchanan earlier in the offseason, the Falcons cut Tyrone Williams Wednesday, as expected.

Wiliams opened the 2003 season as a starter after signing with the team as a free agent from Green Bay, but he was benched midway through the season and then requested not to participate in the team's offseason program.

Buchanan has signed with Oakland.

Wednesday's move will reduce the team's 2004 salary cap charge on Williams from $2.3 million to $600,000.

The Falcons have signed free agent cornerbacks Jason Webster from San Francisco and Aaron Beasley from the New York Jets. They also drafted cornerback DeAngelo Hall in the first round this year.

The team also waived two rookie free agents, fullback Brandon Johnson from Auburn and wide receiver Kevin Youngblood from Clemson. The Falcons signed rookie free agent fullback Tim Burrough from Oklahoma State.