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Falcons pick up fifth-year option on Pro Bowl corner Desmond Trufant

Desmond Trufant, one of the most talented young cornerbacks in the league, expects to be with the Falcons well beyond 2017. Grant Halverson/Getty Images

As expected, the Atlanta Falcons exercised the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant.

Trufant, the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, is now under contract through 2017. He is now scheduled to make $8.026 million in 2017, which would be the final year of his deal.

Of course, the Falcons and Trufant could agree to a long-term deal at some point, which also is expected. He is one of the most talented young cornerbacks in the league and a player expected to be among the elite at his position for years to come.

Trufant expects to be a Falcon well beyond 2017.

"I'm here. I plan on being here a long time," Trufant said this week. "And I'm just here working, bonding with the team."

Neither of the cornerbacks picked ahead of Trufant in 2013 -- Dee Millner of the New York Jets at No. 9 and D.J. Hayden of the Raiders at No. 12 -- have transitioned to the NFL as smoothly as Trufant has. Trufant believes his speed is his biggest asset as he continues to sharpen his technique and improve his hands to get more interceptions.

So what kind of long-term contract deal could Trufant expect? No doubt he would love to be paid like Arizona's Patrick Peterson, who got a five-year, $70 million deal that included $48 million guaranteed. Trufant surely is monitoring the status of former Carolina Panther Josh Norman, another top cornerback who is now a free agent and seeking $14-$15 million per season from his suitors.