The Atlanta Falcons have locked up Desmond Trufant on a five-year deal that will put Trufant among the highest paid corners in the NFL. Was the move a good one for the Falcons?
Atlanta Falcons corner Desmond Trufant will be in Atlanta for quite some time after signing a five year deal worth $62 million. The deal makes Trufant one of the richest corners in the NFL and will put even higher expectations on the 26-year old to perform at the high level he has in seasons past.
Signing a player who spent most of the season injured to a five year deal is an interesting move especially considering the depth the Falcons have at that particular position. The decision will also likely leave Devonta Freeman without any insurance as to his future with the Falcons.
To prioritize a player so highly that wasn’t able to play in the Super Bowl is interesting considering how easily the Falcons were able to get there without him. While it is arguable to say the result might have been different with a healthy Trufant it is hard to see the reasoning of locking up Trufant considering the other young talent on the roster that did play a part in getting the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
The deal is comparable to those given out to Josh Norman or Patrick Peterson and Trufant has earned the right to be a part of hat elite company. The deal for Trufant is only going to be worth it if he can stay healthy for the majority of the deal and be a shut down corner for the next five years.
The Falcons made a questionable move signing Trufant one that will only prove it’s worth or lack thereof in time. The Falcons will now shift their full focus on the draft.