Falcons news: Atlanta releasing cornerback Desmond Trufant
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Atlanta Falcons releasing cornerback Desmond Trufant

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The Atlanta Falcons plan to release seven-year veteran Desmond Trufant, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Trufant was originally a first-round draft selection of the Falcons back in 2013. He had actually served as a starting cornerback since his rookie campaign, but injuries slowed him last season. He missed four games in the middle of the year due to a toe injury. He then ended up missing the last several weeks of the season due to a broken forearm.

The University of Washington product was actually selected to a Pro Bowl during the 2015 season. He started all 97 games he appeared in for the Falcons and missed only 15 total games during his seven seasons in Atlanta.

The Falcons had tried to trade Trufant, but couldn’t find a suitable deal. Trufant’s release comes just days after defensive coordinator Raheem Morris gave the veteran CB tons of praise.

In fact, Morris stated that the team looks forward to Trufant “coming back.” That obviously is no longer the case.

“He came on last year and probably had one of his more productive seasons,” Morris said last week, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Grabbing four picks … he had two in one game and two in another. He played well. We look forward to all of those guys coming back.”

Cutting Trufant saves the Falcons $4.95 million in cap space while leaving $10.2 million in dead money.