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Falcons fans can rest assured heading in to training camp as the organization has finally come to terms with its last draft pick yet to be signed: cornerback Desmond Trufant. After a summer filled with negotiations, the Atlanta Falcons have finally agreed to a four-year deal worth $8.16 million ($4.3 million guaranteed) with the twenty-second pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Trufant is the favorite to start come September 8th against the Saints alongside pro-bowler Asante Samuel; however, he will have some competition from other rookie Robert Alford out of Southeastern Louisiana. Falcons are relying on these rookies to make an impact right out of the gate due to the loss of Dunta Robinson and Brett Grimes in the offseason.
There was some concern heading into training camp that this contract would not reach a conclusion before players were to report, resulting in only the third contract dispute for the Falcons’ organization. The previous disputes were Sam Baker in 2008 when he missed the first day of practice due to contract negotiations and then more importantly, Roddy White’s negotiation in 2011 in which he missed eight days of camp before signing a contract that made him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.
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Why was Desmond Trufant the last rookie to sign with the Atlanta Falcons this season you may ask? Well, when the Falcons traded up to receive the twenty-second pick in the draft, they traded up to where QB Brandon Weeden was picked in the 2012 NFL Draft. Because Weeden negotiated a contract that granted him three full years of guaranteed money as well as $920,000 guaranteed in his fourth year, which is $170,000 more than the player picked ahead of Weeden, Desmond Trufant expected to be guaranteed more money than the player picked before him, Bengals TE Tyler Eifert.
The Falcons could easily argue that Weeden earned this extra guaranteed money because of the fact that he was a first round quarterback since these quarterbacks still receive extra consideration in their rookie contracts; however, both sides recognized the importance of Trufant’s attendance at training camp and reached a deal on Wednesday causing the Falcons to fork over more money than initially anticipated.
Training camp starts today and all eyes will be on Trufant to see him battle other rookie Robert Alford for the vacant starting corner spot. The Atlanta Falcons’ defense needs all the help it can get if it wants a Super Bowl championship at the end of the 2013 season after it gave up a 20-point lead and 17-point lead in the 2012 playoffs.
Will this lucrative contract come back to haunt the Falcons or will Desmont Trufant live up to the hype? Will Trufant’s higher wages impact the outcome of Matt Ryan’s looming contract extension? As always, voice your opinions in the comment section below and check back later for a recap of Atlanta Falcons Training Camp Day One. RISE UP!
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Atlanta Falcons have reached an agreement with rookie first round pick, cornerback Desmond Trufant.
Falcons and first-round pick Desmond Trufant reached agreement on a new deal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2013
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It appears that Thomas Dimitroff finally got that shipment of pens this morning because he made two signings before I even had lunch. Yes, after much hullabaloo, Atlanta signed a guy tasked with helping lock down our consistently inconsistent secondary.
Trufant (left) and Dimitroff (right), in case that wasn't clear.
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. The Atlanta Falcons finished up one minor signing and one fairly significant signing on Wednesday, the eve of training camp, while one major contract extension remains in limbo.
Seventh-round pick Sean Renfree, a quarterback out of Duke, signed on Wednesday as did first-round pick Desmond Trufant, a cornerback out of Washington who is favored to start.
The Atlanta Falcons have come to an agreement with their late round quarterback draft pick Sean Renfree on a four-year deal. The former Duke starter, has the physical attributes to be a very solid backup quarterback in the NFL.
Armed with size and a great feel on his passes, he will backup franchise quarterback Matt Ryan and second stringer Dominique Davis.
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Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.
Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said Thursday that the deal was being finalized as Ryan led the offense through practice Thursday on the first day of training camp.
A person familiar with the situation says Ryan's extension is for $103.75 million deal, with $59 million...
It is now Matt Ryan’s turn to cash in.
Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Falcons and Ryan are close to finalizing a five year $100 million extension.
As expected, #Falcons and QB Matt Ryan are finalizing 5-year contract extension that will exceed $100 million when done
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) July 25, 2013
Adam Schefter is reporting that Ryan will get...
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Cardinals have signed free agent defensive end John Abraham to a two-year contract.
DE John Abraham has just signed with #Cardinals, I'm told. It's a 2-year deal. And his FA odyssey is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 25, 2013
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Several teams have locked up franchise quarterbacks ahead of training camp this year. Add the Atlanta Falcons to that list.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Matt Ryan and the Falcons have agreed on a five-year extension worth $103.75 million. The deal includes $59 million guaranteed and $63 million in the first three years. ESPN's Chris Mortensen was the first...
I'm pretty sure free agent John Abraham - at some point or another - visited with all 32 teams in the league, or at least it seemed he was on the full-country tour. It seems as though his patience has paid off to the tune of a 2-year, $6,000,000 deal in Arizona.
Cardinals signed John Abraham.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2013
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Oh that Thomas Dimitroff, what a tease he is. He waits all off-season and then on the day that Falcons training camp starts he finally gets the Ryan deal done.
It's a five year $103.75 million dollare deal with $59 million guaranteed. Or in other words, more money then you will ever see in your life. In terms of average salary Ryan now trails only Aaron Rodgers and...
Mike Jurecki is “hearing” that free agent DE/OLB John Abraham is visiting with the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Abraham, 35, remains one of the best available free agents. Although he’s coming off of a season in which he totaled 10 sacks for the Falcons defense, there has been very little buzz surrounding him in the past few months.
Previous reports indicated that Abraham’s asking...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Minutes before the Atlanta Falcons opened training camp on Thursday, the team agreed to a lucrative contract extension with Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan.
Multiple sources reported the five-year extension includes guaranteed money of 59 million over the first three years. FOX Sports information guru Jay Glazer tweeted that he ran into Ryan minutes before the...