Falcons sign Trufant, Renfree
The potential for a holdout from Falcons top draft pick and cornerback Desmond Trufant was averted today when the team announced that he had signed a deal. The team also announced that seventh round quarterback Sean Renfree had also inked a deal earlier today.
All eight of the Falcons 2013 draft picks are now signed as players report to training camp in Flowery Branch, Georgia today. Practices will begin for the team tomorrow morning.
Talk over the weekend indicated that there would be potential for Trufant and the team to come to an impasse with contract negotiations over guaranteed money. The Associated Press cites a source that the deal agreed upon was a four-year deal worth $8.16 million with $4.3 million in guaranteed money. Substantially lower than the $7.5 million in guaranteed dollars received by last year’s 22nd overall pick, Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Terms of Renfree’s deal were undisclosed, but are not expected to differ from the terms agreed upon by Falcons defensive tackle Travian Robertson, who was taken with the 249th overall selection in last year’s draft.