The Atlanta Falcons have signed cornerback Desmond Trufant to one of the richest contracts of the offseason, a five-year, $69 million extension that the team announced Saturday. The deal includes $42 million in guaranteed money.
Trufant’s contract is the third-richest of the offseason, trailing only Arizona’s Chandler Jones ($82.5M) and K.C.’s Eric Berry ($78M). And yet Trufant missed the Falcons’ run to the Super Bowl, playing nine games before going on injured reserve with a pectoral injury. He finished the season with 31 tackles, two sacks and an interception.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff says Trufant, a first-round pick in 2013 and a Pro Bowler in 2015, “has improved each year and we believe his best ball is still in front of him.”
I wanna thank Mr. Blank, TD, DQ, for giving me this opportunity to continue my career in ATL. Thanks to all my teammates and the fans! TRU