FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons released cornerback Robert Alford on Tuesday.
Alford, 30, started in 76 of the 88 games he played in during his six seasons with the Falcons. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound corner has 10 interceptions since being drafted out of Southeastern Louisiana in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Last season Alford made 50 tackles, including 43 solo stops.
"We thank Robert for all that he brought to the team during his six seasons in Atlanta," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "He was a significant contributor to our defense and we have a great deal of respect for him. We wish Robert all the best going forward."
Multiple outlets reported the news of his release before Alford confirmed it with a tweet Tuesday evening.
The Falcons drafted Isaiah Oliver last April in the second round and it appears that the 6-foot, 210-pound cornerback out of Colorado is the leading candidate to replace Alford as the starter opposite Desmond Trufant. Oliver started two games in 2018. He made 23 tackles and had one interception.
Falcons fans will always remember Alford for his pick-six of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Super Bowl LI. Alford returned it 82 yards to give the Falcons a 21-0 second-quarter lead.