It's essentially a formality, considering Trufant is one of the team's most talented players and one of the best young cornerbacks in the league. The Falcons have until May 2 to make the decision, which would mean an $8.026 million salary in 2017 for the former No. 22 overall draft pick. Trufant is scheduled to make a base salary of $918,558 ($300,000 guaranteed) with a $600,000 roster bonus this season in the fourth year of his rookie deal.
"That's just for my agent to handle," Trufant said of the fifth-year option. "I'm here. I plan on being here a long time. And I'm just here working, bonding with the team. But I know, that's my agent. They're going to handle all that. But I'm just here ready to work."
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn will likely address the status of Trufant's fifth-year option when they address the media Thursday at 4 p.m. ET in the Falcons' annual pre-draft press conference.
The Falcons last exercised the fifth-year option on April 29, 2014, inking top receiver Julio Jones at $10.176 million. The former No. 6 overall pick was then rewarded with a five-year, $71.25 million extension that included $47 million guaranteed.
No doubt Trufant would love to get paid like Arizona's Patrick Peterson, a top cornerback who received a five-year, $70 million that included $48 million guaranteed. Peterson was the No. 5 overall pick in 2011, just before Jones.