The Atlanta Falcons announced on Tuesday that they've released Fullback and Porter-Gaud alum Ovie Mughelli.
Mughelli was signed by the Falcons before the 2007 season to a record contract for a fullback, 6 years and $18 million. During his time in Atlanta, Mughelli became known as one of the best blockers in the league and was voted into the Pro Bowl in 2010.
His 2011 season was cut short when he suffered a torn MCL that forced him to miss the final 9 games.
The writing was on the wall for his release when Atlanta drafted fullback Bradie Ewing from Wisconsin in this year's draft. Mughelli, who was due $3 million dollars, became too expensive for the team to hold on to.
Mughelli's publicist released a statement on his behalf saying "Ovie thanks the Falcons organization, teammates and fans for their continued support throughout the years. He is encouraged and looking forward to greater opportunities."
Ovie himself made a statement on his twitter account saying "To all my friends and fans I wanna thank you for your love and support. Don't worry God has an even greater plan for me."
Mughelli's Falcon teammate and fellow Lowcountry native Roddy White expressed his disappointment with the release on twitter "Disappointed they released @oviemughelli34 we actually missed him when he was hurt good player"
Before his time in Atlanta, Mughelli spent 5 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.