Takkarist McKinley calls out Falcons for not trading him

Mike Florio
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Defensive end Takkasrist McKinley really wants out of Atlanta.

A day after the team didn’t trade the 2017 first-round pick, McKinley took to Twitter to complain about it.

He said that, last year, the team turned down a second-round pick, after McKinley asked to be traded. He said that, this year, the Falcons turned down a fifth- and sixth-round draft pick “from multiple teams” after he asked to be traded.

“I only have 17.5 career sacks,” McKinley said, before dropping a trio of clown emojis.

The Falcons didn’t pick up his fifth-year option, making him a free agent after the season. By all appearances, the Falcons opted to pay the balance of his $1.858 million salary, let him leave via free agency, and get compensatory draft-pick consideration for him in 2022, instead of accepting a pair of low-round draft picks for him now.

In hindsight, however, Atlanta surely should have taken a second-round pick, if it indeed was on the table before the 2019 trade deadline. Or they should have just drafted T.J. Watt instead of McKinley.

Takkarist McKinley calls out Falcons for not trading him originally appeared on Pro Football Talk