Falcons releasing cornerback Desmond Trufant

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A week ago, Falcons coaches were talking about hoping for a bounce-back season from cornerback Desmond Trufant.

Now, he’s just getting bounced.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Falcons are releasing the veteran cornerback this week, after trying to trade him.

Cutting him clears around $5 million worth of cap space, but leaves a dead money hit of over $10 million.

The Falcons are tight against the cap and expected to make even more cuts in the days to come, as they’re forced to watch tight end Austin Hooper walk into a busy market.

6 responses to “Falcons releasing cornerback Desmond Trufant

  1. This is actually a little surprising, considering the dead money hit and the fact that the secondary is pretty weak in Atlanta. What’s more interesting is how Trufant will fit in to the arms race at CB in free agency. Teams that may have gone after Chris Harris or Byron Jones (or tried to trade for Darius Slay) may take Trufant on a lower deal and cut the pursuit of the top level free agents at the position.

    Trufant has demonstrated excellent coverage skills in the past, and is still fairly young, so it’ll be interesting to see how this affects free agency at that position. Jones and Harris were expect to hit FA, and Slay was known to be a trade piece, but I don’t know how many people expected Trufant to be a sure thing to be released.

  2. Trufant has demonstrated excellent coverage skills in the past, and is still fairly young, so it’ll be interesting to see how this affects free agency at that position. Jones and Harris were expect to hit FA, and Slay was known to be a trade piece, but I don’t know how many people expected Trufant to be a sure thing to be released.
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    You are talking about the Trufant from 3-4 years ago. He hasn’t been the same player in recent years. Often injured. He is okay but nothing special.

  3. I think Trufant is now the best CB available Byron Jones is to much of a risk for the money he is going to command. Trufant on 1 year prove it deal could be a steal and he could break the bank next year.

  4. I’ve watched Tru play since he came to the Falcons and the second contract he got was a stupid move by TD. A good player but he has never lived up to the $$. Buyer beware – the phrase “hands of stone” was invented after watching Tru drop interception after interception.

  5. Time to come home Desmond, Seattle is waiting for you. The Seahawks could really use a veteran DB that can cover the slot as well as either outside spot. Could be a nice cap-friendly signing.

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