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Report: Desmond Trufant not expected to be traded

The Falcons need to shed expensive contracts and plan for the future, but that will not include shipping out the team’s top corner.

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With the trade deadline quickly approaching, we have seen a lot of rumors surrounding Falcons players. They range from sensical to nonsensical, but the general expectation is the team will try to unload some aging, expensive veterans, especially after trading Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots last week.

The Falcons, at 1-7, must be looking at the future. They are already pressed against the cap for the near future. Some cap casualties in the offseason could instead be draft picks if traded before today’s 4pm deadline. Potential trade candidates include players like Alex Mack, Desmond Trufant, De’Vondre Campbell, Vic Beasley, and Devonta Freeman.

Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Trufant will remain with the Falcons “as of now.”

The Falcons should be considering moving Trufant, but obviously should be looking for decent compensation. Why he is not expected to be dealt is not clear, but “as of now” suggests the sticking point is compensation. Part of the problem might be Trufant’s cap hit if traded, which accelerates about $700,000 to 2019’s cap per OverTheCap.

Time is running out but do not be surprised if someone gets moved.