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Takk McKinley calls out Falcons for turning down offers after trade requests

Takk McKinley, Falcons

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley has wanted out for quite some time, but the Falcons haven’t granted his request yet despite some efforts to do so.

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:

Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris isn’t thrilled about this:

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.