Ahead of next week’s NFL trade deadline, the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly engaged in trade talks regarding a former first-round pick.
Defensive end Takk McKinley, Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2017, has been the target of trade discussions for some teams, according to multiple reports. McKinley has not practiced the last two days and will be held out of tomorrow’s game against the Carolina Panthers, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
McKinley has started four games this year for Atlanta, recording eight tackles and one sack. He’s appeared in 49 games (25 starts) in three-plus seasons with the Falcons.
In his first two years, McKinley compiled 13 sacks, mostly in reserve, so there is some hope there that whatever team acquires him could be getting a pass rushing boost down the stretch.
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 the past 2 days. Atlanta visits Carolina tomorrow.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 28, 2020
The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday, November 3. However, we’ve seen some deals getting done earlier because of COVID-19 protocols.
The Cincinnati Bengals made a move today, shipping disgruntled defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Pacific Northwest in exchange for a player and a pick from the Seattle Seahawks.
Will Takk McKinley be the next defensive lineman to get moved?