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Report: Falcons plan to release star CB Desmond Trufant

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons plan to release star cornerback Desmond Trufant, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, moving on from its top cornerback after seven seasons.

The Falcons tried exploring a trade for the Pro Bowl cornerback, per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, but decided to release the 29-year-old cornerback when it was unable to find a trade partner for him. Releasing Trufant creates more than $4 million in cap space for Atlanta.

A first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Trufant quickly emerged as a starting cornerback in Atlanta’s secondary as a rookie. He recorded 17 pass deflections and two interceptions as a rookie in 2013. In his second season, Trufant became the team’s No. 1 cornerback and recorded three interceptions and 16 pass deflections. He earned his lone Pro Bowl selection in 2015.

The 29-year-old’s play took a step back in recent years and given the Falcons tight cap situation, they decided to move on from Trufant. He also missed seven games this season due to a variety of injuries, including a broken forearm.

Given Trufant’s experience matching up with No. 1 receivers and that he’s only entering his age-30 season in 2020, he will likely draw plenty of interest as a free agent.