Cornerback Desmond Trufant also was rumored to be drawing interest on the trade market. He has the second-highest cap number on the Atlanta Falcons roster at 13.9 million dollars.
Trufant is scheduled to count 15.2, 16.2, and 14.2 million dollars towards the team’s books over the next three seasons. The fact that he has missed the last three games suffering from turf toe, likely complicated any attempts of Atlanta to shed his contract in exchange for a draft pick.
Center Alex Mack is another player that could have possibly drawn a late-round draft pick for the Atlanta Falcons. Moving him also would have cleared nearly six million dollars off of their cap this season and the nearly 11 million dollars remaining on his contract next season.
However trading Alex Mack would have created a hole at center. The team could resign Wes Schweitzer and play him there, but he’s a shaky option at best.