Falcons Plan To Release CB Desmond Trufant

     

According to Tom Pelissero, the Falcons plan to release CB Desmond Trufant sometime this coming week. 

Trufant has played well for Atlanta, including in 2019 when he recorded four interceptions in nine games before going on injured reserve.

However, the lack of salary cap space will force the Falcons to make some hard decisions this offseason and this appears to be one. 

According to Over The Cap, releasing Trufant as a June 1 cut will free up $10.75 million while incurring a $4.4 million dead money charge. 

Trufant, 29, 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 when the Falcons picked up his fifth-year option worth $8.026 million for the 2017 season.

Atlanta later signed Trufant to a five-year, $69 million extension with nearly $42 million guaranteed in 2017. He stands to make a base salary of $10.75 million for the 2020 season. 

In 2019, Trufant appeared in nine games for the Falcons and recorded 18 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes defended.

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