Early this morning, it was announced that Atlanta had signed one of their best defensive players, cornerback Desmond Trufant, to a five-year extension worth approximately $69 million.
On Atlanta's five-year extension with CB Desmond Trufant, the deal is worth almost $69M, including $42M gtd, as @Schultz_Report reported.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 8, 2017
Congrats to Trufant. He has played like one of the best young corners in the game and he deserved to get paid.
But what this contract really does is set the market for similar players. Trufant got even more in his extension than Stephon Gilmore did in the open market - Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million deal with New England.
Trufant sets the market as one of the top corners from the first round of the 2013 draft. But he's not the best cornerback from the first round of the 2013 draft. That title belongs to Xavier Rhodes, who probably hasn't stopped salivating at the thought of his next contract all day.
Xavier Rhodes is going to get PAAAAIIIDDD. That is all.— Yinka Ayinde (@Saxyprince) March 30, 2017
Rhodes has established himself as a premier defensive back in his first four seasons with Minnesota, and he has only improved.
Not content with simply being a shutdown corner, 2016 saw him turn into something of a ball hawk, reaching a career high with 5 interceptions - including a 100-yard pick returned for a touchdown.
This Minnesota team is built on a tough defense, and Rhodes may be the best player on it. But the Vikings executives must be terrified of what he's going to demand next offseason.