The Atlanta Falcons aren’t exercising kicker Matt Bryant‘s club option for the 2019 season, meaning he is now a free agent when the ’s new league season begins on March 1-3.

Bryant, who turns 44 in might, had $ 7 million left on his contract and two decades. He was expected to earn $3.5 million next season. Parting ways with him conserves $2,833,332 against the 2019 salary-cap.

“I am very thankful for everything Matt Bryant has been doing with this company during the last 10 decades,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement announcing the movement.

“There isn’t any doubt he could be one of those all time amazing Falcons as he has been an essential component of our achievement. This was a tricky decision but one that was necessary for us to move forward into 2019. We’ve got the most respect for the man and the gamer that Matt is, and we all h he and his family the most effective going forward.”

Bryant, the Falcons’ all time top scorer with 1,122 points, tweeted news of his death on Wednesday morning.

Bryant, who has coped with spine injuries and a few leg, went on to state he was anticipating bringing success and consistency to his team , with no plans.

Throughout his stint with the Falcons, Bryant made 250 of 282 field goals (88.7 percent), including 36 of 46 from 50-plus yards. He also made 372 of 375 points with the Falcons during his 10 seasons. He was called to the Pro Bowl in 20-16.

The Falcons likely will turn into Giorgio Tavecchio as their kicker. Tavecchio, who is signed through 2019 and will make $ season, made all five of his field targets and all eight extra points in place of Bryant last season.

The news comes a day after the Falcons parted ways with launching corner back Robert Alford, saving $7.9 million against the 2019 salary-cap.