Takk McKinley calls out Falcons for turning down offers after trade requests
After staying put at Tuesday’s trade deadline, McKinley called out the organization on Twitter for declining to deal him in exchange for a second-round pick last year and then a fifth- and a sixth-round draft pick from multiple teams this time around:
These @AtlantaFalcons turned down a 2nd round draft pick when I requested to get traded last year.
The same @AtlantaFalcons turned down a 5th and 6th round draft pick from multiple teams when I requested to get traded this year. I only have 17.5 career sacks.
— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) November 4, 2020
Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris isn’t thrilled about this:
Raheem Morris said Takk McKinley is handling this situation in the wrong manner and he will be held accountable for his actions.
— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) November 4, 2020
The former UCLA Bruin was selected by the Falcons with the 26th overall pick back in the 2017 NFL Draft. He came to a squad that was coming off a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss and hoping to contend for a championship again, but they lost in the Divisional Round to the Philadelphia Eagles.
2018 saw a regression in the team’s performance and a 7-9 record to miss out on the playoff party. The team went on to produce the same tally the following year and missed the playoffs again.
Matters have only gotten worse this season, leading to the Falcons booting former head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Atlanta is 2-6 on the season.
In April 2020, the Falcons declined the fifth-year option on McKinley’s rookie contract, so he’ll be a free agent after this season. He will need to be as productive as possible for the remainder of Atlanta’s campaign to place himself in a favorable position come free agency. The disappointment voiced out is only indicative of the abysmal situation that the Falcons currently find themselves in midway through the season.