D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Falcons are close to reaching an agreement on a long-term contract deal with CB Desmond Trufant.
According to Ledbetter, contract negotiations between the Falcons and Trufant’s representatives picked up at the combine and a deal is likely be finalized within the next 24 hours.
Ledbetter adds that Trufant’s deal is expected to pay him around $12 million to $14 million per year, which is close to the five-year $75 million deal Josh Norman signed with the Redskins last year.
Trufant, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Falcons back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $8.165 million contract and made a base salary of $918,558 for the 2016 season.
The Falcons picked up his fifth-year option last year and he’s now in position to make $8.026 million for the 2017 season. However, this figures is guaranteed for injury only and won’t prevent them from negotiating a long-term extension that will come with a lower cap figure for next season.
In 2016, Trufant appeared in nine games for the Falcons and recorded 31 tackles, two sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and four pass defenses.
We’ll have more regarding an extension for Trufant as the news is available.