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Desmond Trufant’s agent: Both sides hopeful to get deal done prior to camp

7/23/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

With the Atlanta Falcons and their top draft pick Desmond Trufant still entangled in a contract dispute less than 48 hours before training camp, there appeared a glimmer of hope on Monday as Trufant’s agent revealed that the two sides are focused on getting a deal done prior to camp.
 
Training camp starts on Thursday, but players are scheduled to reports to the team on Wednesday.
 
“The talks are ongoing with the intent to get it done prior to camp,” said agent Desmond Tufant’s agent Doug Hendrickson, , on Monday. “He played extremely well when he was there (for rookie minicamp, part of OTAs and the mandatory minicamp.) He wants to be there and they want him there.”
 
While the Atlanta Falcons have a long-standing policy of not commenting about ongoing negotiations, the team clearly wants to have Desmond Trufant on time in training camp, since the 22-year-old is expected to have a immediate impact in the secondary, starting in his rookie year.  
 
The Atlanta Falcons had a lot of voids to fill in their secondary after losing their best cornerback, Brent Grimes to the Miami Dolphins this offseason. The Atlanta Falcons also parted ways with Dunta Robinson and Christopher Owens, who despite having a less significant role than Brent Grimes had a notable presence in the secondary. Even though the Atlanta Falcons still had veteran Asante Samuel and nickel corner Robert McClain under contract, getting help at cornerback was a priority.
 
So, Atlanta Falcons general manger Thomas Dimitroff drafted Desmond Trufant with the 22nd overall pick in April’s draft, to take helm of the team’s shaky secondary while second-round cornerback Robert Alford is also expected to provide depth at the spot.
But Desmond Trufant remains unsigned as the two sides still try to work out  a deal where the amount of money is the source of dispute, Desmond Turfant reportedly wants to be compensated like the 22nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Brandon Weeden, who signed a four-year deal, worth $8.1 million with the Cleveland Browns.
 
While you shouldn’t read too much into the comments made by Desmond Trufant’s agent, this is still news worthy as it shows that the two sides are tills talking and clearly want to get this deal done over with already,
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