Atlanta Falcons President and CEO, Rich McKay, is not going to make the same blunders Thomas Dimitroff did.
Over the last several years, former Atlanta Falcons players such as Vic Beasley, Austin Hooper, Devonta Freeman, and Desmond Trufant all had inquiries as to their availability. As we know, each time former general manager Thomas Dimitroff failed to secure meaningful draft picks for each of them instead of hoping each one would become players that the Falcons scout team dreamt they would be.
Instead, each of them was released or not resigned and while the Falcons will end up with a compensation pick for Beasley, they will end up with nothing else except wasted years of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones and millions less spent on pieces that could have been productive.
According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Atlanta Falcons are in trade talks to trade the former first-round pick, Takk McKinley, before the trade deadline.
"“The #Falcons have had trade talks about DE Takk McKinley and other teams believe the former first-round pick gets moved before Tuesday’s deadline, though no deal is imminent, per sources. McKinley (groin) was held out of practice for the past 2 days. Atlanta visits Carolina tomorrow.”"
Atlanta Falcons are not the only team trading away pass rushers.
Over the last several days other big-name defensive linemen across the league have been traded including Everson Griffen going from the Cowboys back to the NFC North and the Detroit Lions as well as Carlos Dunlap being moved from the Bengals to the Seahawks.
At this point, if the franchise realizes that Takk McKinley is not going to become the player that they expected him to be or if he is simply not in their future plans, then getting anything for him right now is better than losing another first-round draft pick for nothing.
As far as Takk is concerned, he finally spent the offseason getting himself right and into playing shape. He dropped 25 pounds and finally dedicated himself to his craft.
Despite the mounting losses, prior to his injury, Takk was having his best year in the NFL. He spent the entire game against the Seahawks knocking Russell Wilson off his spot and making the pocket a very uncomfortable place.
Some players just need a change of scenery to lift their careers so trading Takk would be a great thing for both the player and the Atlanta Falcons.