La Canfora reports the Falcons could deal players like CB Desmond Trufant, DE Vic Beasley and C Alex Mack as they look to clear cap space and rebuild in 2020. He adds the team would be willing to eat salary to get deals done for those players
The Falcons have stumbled to a 1-6 start to 2019 and are already projected to be over the cap in 2020 without any free-agent additions or signing their draft class. With a top-heavy roster, Atlanta could be looking at a significant rebuild in the coming months.
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 and made a base salary of $918,558 for the 2016 season.
The Falcons picked up his fifth-year option before signing Trufant to a five-year, $69 million extension with almost $42 million guaranteed. Trufant is set to make base salaries of $9.5 million and $10.75 million over the next two years of the agreement
In 2019, Trufant has appeared in five games for the Falcons and recorded five total tackles, two interceptions and four pass defenses.
Beasley, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Falcons back in 2015. He played out the final year of his four-year, $14.5 million contract but the Falcons picked up his fifth-year option worth $14,200,000 for the 2019 season.
In 2019, Beasley has appeared in six games for the Falcons and recorded 12 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and one pass defense.
Mack, 33, is a former first-round pick of the Browns back in 2009. After seven years with the Browns, Mack signed a five-year, $45 million contract with $28.5 million guaranteed with the Falcons in 2016.
Mack stands to make base salaries of $8.5 million and $8 million over the next two years.
In 2019, Mack has started all seven games for the Falcons and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 18 center out of 32 qualifying players.
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