An offseason priority just became a reality. It was announced this morning that the Falcons had agreed to terms with star cornerback Desmond Trufant on a five-year, $69 million contract, with $42 million guaranteed.
Re-signing Trufant, who was headed into the final season of his rookie contract, was high on the offseason to-do list for the Falcons brass. General Manager Thomas Dimitroff indicated that the Falcons would like to extend Trufant in the early free agency period, but rumblings out of the front office signaled that the two camps appeared to be at somewhat of an impasse in negotiations. Those talks seemed to to heat up as of late, and now Atlanta has its standout cornerback under contract through his prime.
Just 26 years young, Desmond Trufant has quietly been one of the NFL’s top-tier cornerbacks since he was drafted in 2013. A shutdown defender in the secondary, Trufant’s elite coverage skills and ability to blanket top-flight wide receivers would have made him a primary target on the open market. To say that it was in the Falcons best interest to lock him up before he got there is a massive understatement — especially given the recent contracts of New England’s Stephon Gilmore and Jacksonville’s A.J. Bouye.
Desmond Trufant deserves to be paid like one of the league’s top corners, and now he will be.
Atlanta’s situation at CB should be the envy of the NFL. It’s an unquestionable embarrassment of riches with the newly-extended Robert Alford, undrafted slot corner phenom Brian Poole, and former second-rounder Jalen Collins — who truly came into his own when Trufant was sidelined halfway through 2016 with a pectoral injury. With Trufant sticking around for the next five years, this unit should prove one of the deepest and strongest in the league.
So rejoice, Falcons fans. Your front office is putting together a defensive core that should be very, very good for the foreseeable future.
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