Inside the Desmond Trufant deal

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The initial reports of the value of a long-term, big-money contract rarely if ever tell the whole story. So the smart move, before judging whether or not a deal is a good one, is to wait for the whole story.

As to the contract given by the Falcons to cornerback Desmond Trufant, here’s the whole story. And given his circumstances (both health and the fact that he wasn’t on the open market) it’s a pretty good deal.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Trufant gets a $15 million signing bonus, along with a fully-guaranteed $1.526 million base salary in 2017.

The deal includes an option bonus, guaranteed for injury, of $7.5 million. It’s due on the third day of the 2018 league year.

The 2018 salary of $8.5 million includes $4.25 that is fully guaranteed at signing plus another $4.25 million that is guaranteed for injury at signing. The amount becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2018 league year.

In 2019, Trufant’s base salary will be $9.5 million. It’s guaranteed for injury at signing; it becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2019 league year.

The final three years of the contract feature non-guaranteed base salaries of $10.75 million, $11.75 million, and $12.75 million, respectively.

The five-year, $68.75 million extension pays out more than $32 million by March, averages $14.75 million over the first three years and $13.75 million in new money over the life of the deal.

Trufant suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in early November, and he was under contract through 2017. The contract nevertheless compares favorably to the top-of-the-market deals signed in free agency by Stephon Gilmore ($13.5 million per year) and A.J. Bouye ($13 million per year).

17 responses to “Inside the Desmond Trufant deal

  1. It would have been far wiser to see out his existing contract to judge how well he comes back from injury. What’s the worst that would have happened? – other teams interested and so you’d end up paying him massive money? – You’re doing that now anyway! – and promising lot of injury money to a guy who missed a portion of last year to injury. Silly.

  2. streetyson says:
    Apr 8, 2017 7:57 PM
    It would have been far wiser to see out his existing contract to judge how well he comes back from injury. What’s the worst that would have happened? – other teams interested and so you’d end up paying him massive money? – You’re doing that now anyway! – and promising lot of injury money to a guy who missed a portion of last year to injury. Silly.
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    Did I miss something? How in the world is coming back from a PECTORAL muscle injury going to impact the play of a young up and coming cornerback? ACL, achilled, anything to do with his legs then there’s concern but pectoral injury? Silly.

  3. A case of “this guy is more valuable to us than anybody else, so we have to overpay him.”

    This is the same situation as the Washington Football Team and Kirk Cousins.

  4. This is a still for Atlanta. Compared to Gilmore’s contract. Trufant is a better player and has been consistently good unlike Gilmore. I would worry to much about a corner coming back from pectoral inhury too much. If he had hit the open market he would have got close to 30 mil guarantee at least 12 per yr.

  5. Great CB but an even grater person. This guy has so much going for him. Humble, honest, hard working. Comes from a family that is also humble, honest and hard working. I wish him all the best. Good on you young man.

  6. grogansheroes says:
    Apr 8, 2017 8:47 PM
    This is a baseline for a Malcolm Butler contract.
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    As a die hard Falcons fan, I surely do wish we won that game but for more than just one reason. Most people will never remember Taylor Gabriel breaking Butler’s ankles from the LOS in the Superbowl. I ain’t never seen a CB get broken off right from the snap like that. Oh well.

  7. The Gilmore contract will loom silly by week 4, seriously. Like, are we oblivious to the fact that he was burned on a go route by CHRIS HOGAN! Do we not recall this? Or how about the time he legit said “no thanks” to a tackle and stepped out of the way? The guy is terrible too to bottom and is incredibly overrated. Trufant is a solid up and comer who deserves to grow into a deal like this.

  8. “This is a still for Atlanta. Compared to Gilmore’s contract. Trufant is a better player and has been consistently good unlike Gilmore. I would worry to much about a corner coming back from pectoral inhury too much. If he had hit the open market he would have got close to 30 mil guarantee at least 12 per yr.”

    How is it a still (steal)? Actually, this is the kind of deal that can get teams in cap trouble. First off, they already had him signed for 2017 at $8 mil. So why would they rip up his current contract? Typically, a team would do this if the player was willing to sign a deal for less than their full free agent market value. Trufant is a very similar player to the two top cornerbacks (Gilmore, Bouye) that just signed this offseason for 13mil/year. So Atlanta gives him 14mil/year? So I guess Atlanta thought if he got to free agency he was going to get 17mil/year? As an aside, I will bet you Gilmore is better in New England over the next 5 years than Trufant is for Atlanta.

  9. Thats a ton of guaranteed money. Great for Trufant, bad for the Falcons.
    Is this on Dimitroff, or someone else?

  10. “The Gilmore contract will loom silly by week 4, seriously. Like, are we oblivious to the fact that he was burned on a go route by CHRIS HOGAN!”

    Bills fans used to tell us how great Gilmore was not he’s a Pat and he’s terrible, got it.

    And BTW you said the same thing last year about Hogan, how bad he was when the Pats picked him up. There were Bills fans predicted Hogan would be cut by week 4 or would have 20 catches for the year.

  11. Trufant has been more consistent than Gilmore I would say, having watched Gilmore since his college days, but they’re both top tier corners easily. Bouye showed great promise last year, but he’s nowhere near the those two, at least not yet. Just a good cashing in in a shallow market, and I don’t blame him for it.

    In any case, Desmond (have to keep stopping myself from typing Marcus) Trufant isn’t talked about so much because he plays in Atlanta, but he was injured when the Superbowl came around. Had he played, I think there’s a good chance the Falcons hold on. Not guaranteed of course when playing Belichick, but he would helped their chances significantly. The guy is a top ten corner easily, and you could make an argument for him as a top five without too much of a stretch. Keep an eye on him if you haven’t. Not a Falcons fan by the way, but I think they made a the right move extending him.

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