Falcons don’t pick up Takk McKinley’s fifth-year option

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn let the cat out of the bag a couple months ago, and now it’s official: Atlanta is not picking up the fifth-year option on defensive end Takk McKinley‘s rookie contract.

McKinley himself confirmed on Twitter that the Falcons didn’t pick up the option.

That’s no surprise, despite Quinn trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube after saying in February that the option wouldn’t be picked up. McKinley, the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, is coming off shoulder surgery and had only 3.5 sacks in 13 games last season. The fifth-year option would have been $10.1 million, guaranteed for injury, and that’s simply more than the Falcons were willing to consider.

The 2020 season will be the final year on McKinley’s rookie deal, and he’ll have a cap hit this year of $3.25 million.

11 responses to “Falcons don’t pick up Takk McKinley’s fifth-year option

  1. His tweet was “5th year declined :high five emoji:”. Lol looks like the Falcons made a smart move.

  2. Is this the guy when drafted walked out to meet Roger Goodell with a huge framed picture of his grandmother?

  3. He still has a chance to prove himself and his doubters wrong. The Falcons just aren’t betting on it.

  4. And now we see why Atlanta overpaid to bring in Fowler. THAT is the reaction to getting your option declined? Good grief, class act this kid seems…

  5. Falcons need to decide if they’re still a contender or are in rebuild. They are riding that fine line. Feel like they could be really good if they trade for a star defensive player like von Miller, who Denver is quietly looking to get rid of.

  6. redeemerac says:
    April 29, 2020 at 12:47 pm
    Is this the guy when drafted walked out to meet Roger Goodell with a huge framed picture of his grandmother?
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    Yes. Coach Quinn needs to figure a way to get that picture out on the field with Takk, or at least on the sidelines at every game.

  7. Another case of ignoring the big red flags. When will we learn? Lol. I would have drafted him too.

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