Desmond Trufant gets 4-year, $8M-plus deal

McClatchy news servicesJuly 25, 2013 

Rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant has signed a four-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons and was the first player to report for the start of training camp.

Atlanta announced the deal Wednesday. Trufant’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, told The Associated Press that the former Wilson High School and University of Washington star’s contract was for $8.16 million with $4.3 million guaranteed.

“Desmond is very excited to get started,” the agent said. “He made it clear he wanted to be in camp on time. As usual, the Falcons were great to work with, and we’re glad to get this deal done.”

Trufant was one of the first players to report to dorms at the team’s training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. Camp officially begins Thursday with the first practice.

Atlanta traded up eight spots in a draft-day deal with St. Louis to select Trufant. He is the leading candidate to start at right cornerback but will have to beat out Robert Alford, a second-round pick from Southeastern Louisiana.

Trufant was the last of eight draft picks this year to finalize a contract with the Falcons. Quarterback Sean Renfree, a seventh-round selection from Duke, signed Wednesday, too.

Trufant has two brothers with NFL experience in defensive secondaries. Marcus Trufant played his first 10 seasons in Seattle before signing with Jacksonville two months ago. Isaiah Trufant, a career reserve, is preparing for his fourth season with the New York Jets.

Desmond Trufant is competing with Alford to replace Dunta Robinson, who signed with Kansas City in March after being released to clear salary cap room.

BUCS’ WILLIAMS SIGNS

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed receiver Mike Williams to a six-year, $40.25 million contract.

The fourth-year pro, who was entering the final year of his contract, had 63 receptions for 996 yards and nine touchdowns last season in helping Josh Freeman became the first 4,000-yard passer in franchise history.

Meanwhile, Darrelle Revis is expected on the practice field when the Bucs open training camp Thursday.

The three-time All-Pro cornerback who’s the centerpiece of an effort to overhaul the NFL’s worst pass defense has been cleared medically to participate in some activities after missing most of last season with the New York Jets following surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.

The Bucs obtained Revis from the Jets in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, then signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract.

JETS ZERO IN ON EDWARDS

Braylon Edwards is one step closer to rejoining the Jets.

The free-agent wide receiver underwent a physical at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J., a source confirmed, and if he passes it, the team likely will sign him for the third time in five years. It will be a one-year deal.

The Jets claimed him off waivers from the Seahawks last December, and he caught 10 passes for 125 yards in three games.

The Jets also were hoping to sign their two first-round draft picks — cornerback Dee Milliner and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson — before the team reports. A person familiar with the negotiations Richardson, the No. 13 overall selection, is expected to sign a four-year deal Thursday and report with the rest of the team.

Milliner’s contract status was uncertain.

COLTS SIGN WERNER

Indianapolis Colts’ first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner, the 24th overall pick in April, agreed to a contract in principle.

A person familiar with the contract said Werner agreed to a four-year deal worth $7.896 million and will receive a $4.12 million signing bonus. The person, who requested anonymity because the team had not announced terms of the deal, said $6.4 million of the total is guaranteed.

Werner played defensive end at Florida State, but the German-born star will switch to outside linebacker in Indianapolis.

EXTRA POINTS

The Jaguars announced they have claimed undrafted rookie safety Ray Polk off waivers from the Seahawks. … The Lions signed wide receiver Chaz Schilens, who had 28 catches for the Jets last season.

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