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Fight looming between Falcons, Trufant

Desmond Trufant AP

As the Falcons prepare to head to training camp with a defense that may not be much better than the one that gave up 20-point and 17-point leads in the postseason last year, a key piece of the puzzle may not be under contract when practice begins.

When Atlanta traded up to the 22nd spot to draft cornerback Desmond Trufant, the team landed in the slot that produced Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden’s contract in 2012.  And Weeden finagled three years of fully-guaranteed money plus $920,000 fully guaranteed in the fourth year of his deal.

That’s nearly $170,000 more than the player taken before Weeden (Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones) received in fully-guaranteed money in the final year of his rookie contract.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Trufant’s camp hopes to parlay the Weeden slot into a higher guaranteed payment than the player in front of him, Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, received.  Several days ago, the Bengals split the fourth-year compensation for Eifert equally between a guaranteed base salary and a non-guaranteed roster bonus due early in the 2016 league year.

The team’s simple response should be that Weeden plays quarterback, and that quarterbacks still get extra consideration in their rookie deals.  Of course, if the simple response were going to work, it would have worked by now.

In a year that has seen multiple top-10 picks blink on the question of whether they’ll get to double dip if they’re cut within four years, Trufant could be digging in on this far more substantive question of whether he’ll get as much of his fourth-year salary guaranteed as Weeden did last year.  Which means it will be harder for the Falcons to get Trufant ready to step right in and to help fill the void created by the decision to release Dunta Robinson and to let Brent Grimes leave via free agency.

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8 Responses to “Fight looming between Falcons, Trufant”
  1. otistaylor89 says: Jul 21, 2013 9:02 AM

    Simple response – The Falcons will win on this one.

  2. matt2calvin says: Jul 21, 2013 9:29 AM

    If the player isn’t signed by the first day of camp, the agent should be fired immediately.

    The player has to earn the second contract on the field, which will be impossible if the agent gets in the way.

    Holding out can only hurt the player, while it could help the agent. Whose best interest will be served in the end…

  3. billsfan1 says: Jul 21, 2013 9:48 AM

    The problem for him is the guy he is trying to model from the previous year, is the most important position on the field.

  4. cliffordc05 says: Jul 21, 2013 12:06 PM

    Trufant is overplaying his hand. I also believe that he is the first round pick most likely to be a bust. (I’ve watched him for four years at the UW).

  5. beckzhere says: Jul 21, 2013 12:14 PM

    Second round pick Alford has looked really good (in shorts) so far. Trufant isn’t guaranteed the starting spot anyhow.

  6. garyridgway says: Jul 21, 2013 12:19 PM

    I agree clifford. Watched him plenty at UW. He has big play ability but the routine plays he doesn’t make as often as he should.

  7. seenoland54 says: Jul 21, 2013 5:48 PM

    A little arrogant of Trufant to say the least. Hasn’t played a down yet and wasn’t exactly the Second Coming in college. Teams need to let guys like that sit at home without a paycheck for a year and get that “valuable experience” watching films from home, then they’ll appreciate an opportunity when it is before them.

  8. sprizzle2182 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:09 AM

    we also have to remember that he comes from a family of nfl players…im sure they have been helping him through contract negotiations..a normal rookie with no experience or family involved is probably easier to persuade for the team than a player whos family knows the business..

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