Falcons closing in on extension with Pro Bowler
The NFL combine in Indianapolis is a time for General Managers, scouts, coaches and agents to gather and rub elbows. With major decision makers for NFL teams all gathered under one roof, its become commonplace for contract negotiations and trades to take place. This weekend was no exception, as Atlanta Falcons General Manager and Head Coach Dan Quinn met with Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant’s agents.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Dimitroff and Quinn had dinner Saturday Night with Trufant’s agents Doug Hendrickson and C.J. Laboy. Dimitroff has made it clear this week that signing Trufant to an extension is the number one priority on the Falcons offseason to-do list.
Trufant was drafted by the Falcons in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He quickly showcased his skill set and was named a Pro Bowl cornerback in just his third season. He was having a very good 2016 season until he injured his pectoral muscle during week nine and had to undergo season ending surgery.
“Our next major move is going to be Desmond (Trufant),” Dimitroff told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “Once we get that done, we have the next tier of guys that we are going to get finalized. Then we’ll keep our eyes open in free agency.”
The plan for this offseason is as simple as that for Dimitroff and Quinn. They have a young, deep and talented roster with very few holes which allows them to focus on keeping the core of their team together for years to come. If the Falcons do get into free agency bidding, expect it to be for second level players with lower price tags.