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Author: Jonathan Kuzma
Desmond Trufant was entering his 5th and final year of his rookie contract which was slated to end after the 2017 season. In order for the Falcons to keep Trufant from reaching free agency they decided re-sign the 26 year old cornerback to a 5 year contract extension. That deal will pay Trufant $69 million dollars with $42 million of that money being guaranteed. This is a terrific deal for Trufant and now only 2 cornerbacks in the league will make more money than Atlanta’s star corner (Josh Norman and Patrick Peterson both make more). With Atlanta nearly winning the Super Bowl last year, the Falcons needed to keep morale high and retain their best players. Thomas Dimitroff achieved that goal by re-signing Robert Alford in December and now by re-signing Desmond Trufant. Those two moves should solidify Atlanta’s secondary which will keep the Falcon’s Super Bowl hopes alive. When you also factor in that Dimitroff was able to bring in Dontari Poe on that defensive front, it becomes obvious that Atlanta is pushing all their chip in the middle of the table and is taking on a Super Bowl or bust mentality. Last year helped this team build up a championship confidence, now the Falcons are ready to give everything they have to make sure the mission gets completed this season. Keeping Trufant happy certainly helps the morale of this football team, which is a little bit more good momentum for Atlanta. Now this team has to stay healthy and go out and execute on the football field. Atlanta has a couple year window to potentially hoist a Vince Lombardi Trophy which is a lot more than most of the teams in the league can say. Give credit to Arthur Blank, Thomas Dimitroff, and Dan Quinn for guiding this team in the right direction. Ever since those three have been working together this team has been a contender.
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