Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff told Sirius XM NFL Radio (via The Sporting News) that they should have a long-term contract in place with CB Desmond Trufant “very soon” and they’re “confident that something can get wrapped up” with RB Devonta Freeman in the coming months.
Reports have said for weeks now that the Falcons were close to reaching an agreement Trufant on a long-term deal, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
Trufant’s next contract is expected to pay him between $12-$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.
Freeman, 24, is a former fourth-round pick of the Falcons back in 2014. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.7 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Freeman appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons and rushed for 1,079 yards on 227 carries (4.8 YPC) to go along with 54 receptions for 462 yards receiving and 13 total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 running back out of 62 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding extensions for Trufant and Freeman as the news is available.