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Report: Falcons closing in on big-money extension with CB Desmond Trufant

Desmont Trufant
Ethan Sears
Written by Ethan Sears

The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly close to landing a contract extension with star cornerback Desmond Trufant. The deal will reportedly be between $12 to $14 million a year, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Negotiations between the Falcons and Trufant’s representatives picked up at the combine and will likely be finalized within the next 24 hours. Trufant’s deal is expected to land in the $12 million to $14 million per year range, just south of the five-year $75 million deal that Redskins signed Josh Norman to last season,” reports Ledbetter.

Trufant missed Atlanta’s playoff run this year with a torn pectoral muscle (more on that here), but is considered one of the best corners in the league.

If he recovers well from the injury, Atlanta will be locking up a shutdown corner capable of covering the league’s best receivers.

In 2015, when healthy, Trufant had an 82.2 PFF grade and Atlanta’s defense — which finished 22nd in overall defensive DVOA — was seventh in DVOA allowed to opposing No. 1 wide receivers.

A healthy Trufant next to Jalen Collins and Brian Poole will form a formidable secondary in Atlanta for years to come.

About the author

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site EthanSears.com and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.