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Falcons focus in free agency will be locking up their own players

Falcons focus in free agency will be locking up their own players
Published On: Sun, Feb 12
Nov 3, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneersrunning back Antone Smith (top) hyper extends his knee after being brought down by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Cliff Matthews during the second half of a football game at Raymond James Stadium. Smith left the field on a flatbed cart The Falcons won 43-28. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons roster was good enough to get to the Super Bowl last season, so they see no reason to make any major additions this offseason.

Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that with $29.2 million in cap space available for 2017, the key will be working out long-term contracts to lock up the players who helped them get to the Super Bowl, rather than to bring in players from the outside.

Every year, weve been pretty aggressive in free agency, and we think this year our focus is going to be on signing a number of players on our team who are up, Dimitroff said. Thats going to be the main focus.

The highest priority among those players is cornerback Desmond Trufant, who missed the postseason with a shoulder injury. The Falcons 2013 first-round pick, Trufant is scheduled to play 2017 on his fifth-year option salary of $8.03 million, but the Falcons would like to ensure that he remains longer than that.

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