After worries surrounding the debate between GM Thomas Dimitroff and CB Desmond Trufant concerning the contract of the Falcons first round pick, Trufant has finally inked his deal just one day before training camp begins.
The deal is worth $8.16 million dollars over four years. Trufant also will receive a $4.31 million dollar signing bonus.
The Falcons selected Trufant with the 22nd overall pick. He is set to bolster a secondary that lost three players from last season's team: Brent Grimes, Dunta Robinson and Christopher Owens.
Trufant has averaged 9.5 passes defended in his four years at Washington including a career high 16 during his junior season. He had a total of six interceptions in his career, and averaged 2.1 tackles for loss per season. Known as being a shut down corner, he was awarded a spot on the first team All-PAC 12 last year. He helped fortify a Washington Huskies defense that ranked in the top 20 in pass defense in the nation last year.
Trufant was hoping to make as much money as last year's 22nd pick, Brandon Weeden. But given that Weeden was a quarterback, it didn't seem like this would occur. Surprisingly, this did occur. Weeden was signed to a four year $8.083 million dollar deal last season. At $8.16 million dollars, Trufant has been signed to a bigger deal than the Cleveland Browns proposed starting quarterback.
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Expect a full report on Trufant, the rest of his draft classmates, and of course, the rest of the Falcons as training camp begins tomorrow!
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