Source: Atlanta Falcons release RB Mike Davis after one season 10:22 AM ET Michael RothsteinESPN Staff Writer Close Previously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette The Atlanta Falcons are releasing running back Mike Davis , a source confirmed to ESPN, moving on from the only player the franchise signed to a multiyear deal during the 2021 offseason. Davis, an Atlanta native, had been signed by the franchise before last season with the plan of making him the team's No. 1 running back. It never quite worked out that way for Davis and the Falcons, as he struggled to find a rhythm throughout last season and was eventually passed on the depth chart by Cordarrelle Patterson . Davis started eight of 17 games last season for Atlanta, rushing 138 times for 503 yards and three touchdowns while catching 44 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown. Those numbers were all down from his 2020 season with the Carolina Panthers -- where he was a starter for the first time -- and he had 165 carries for 642 yards and six touchdowns. Editor's Picks The Falcons' Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee this past season, the 29-year-old Davis has 550 career rushes for 2,034 yards and 14 touchdowns between the Panthers, Seattle Seahawks , San Francisco 49ers , Chicago Bears and Falcons. He was drafted by the 49ers in the fourth round in 2015. Football reporter Jordan Schultz first reported Davis' release.