The Atlanta Falcons are attempting to sign Desmond Trufant to what could be a long term deal.
The Atlanta Falcons have a lot of pending free agents but seem to have switched their focus to keeping their star cornerback in Atlanta past this season. While it would make sense to trade Trufant as opposed to signing him having an elite corner on your roster long term would be a good problem to have.
While dealing the corner may have more appeal considering the depth that the Falcons have at that position signing him long term will allow the Falcons to have a very strong secondary next season that could help carry a defense that struggled at times last season and collapsed late in the Super Bowl.
The biggest concern over keeping him long term will be what would such a deal cost the Falcons? While Trufant will not get a Richard Sherman or Revis Island type deal any contract that locked up a top corner will cost the Falcons a lot of cap space and likely leave little room for any addition of top players to boost the defensive attack.
Short term it will not hurt the Falcons but looking at the rookie and young talent on the roster any long term deals may not be advisable if the Falcons hope to keep the majority of their young defensive talent long term. Dealing the corner could be the Falcons best bet as they continue to focus on speed and youth building around an offensive attack as good as any in the league.
The money could be put to better use solidifying the offensive attack or helping shore up a defensive line that often was gassed during the season. If they were able to acquire another edge rusher to compliment Beasley.
Talks with Desmond are heating up and with open free agency nearing should come to an end soon.