Fantasy soccer has everybody pondering they are often an NFL common supervisor, so Falcons’ pass-rusher Takk McKinley determined to get in on the act of critiquing his personal non-trade.
McKinley was a candidate to be traded forward of the NFL’s Tuesday deadline with Atlanta off to a 2-6 begin to the season and the pass-rusher within the ultimate 12 months of his rookie deal. However the commerce deadline got here and went with McKinley nonetheless a Falcon. He took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to query that call.
“These @AtlantaFalcons turned down a 2nd spherical draft choose after I requested to get traded final 12 months,” McKinley wrote. “The identical @AtlantaFalcons turned down a fifth and sixth spherical draft choose from a number of groups after I requested to get traded this 12 months. I solely have 17.5 profession sacks.”
McKinley capped off the tweet with three clown emojis.
These @AtlantaFalcons turned down a 2nd spherical draft choose after I requested to get traded final 12 months.
The identical @AtlantaFalcons turned down a fifth and sixth spherical draft choose from a number of groups after I requested to get traded this 12 months. I solely have 17.5 profession sacks.
— Takkarist McKinley (@Takk) November 4, 2020
The Falcons chosen McKinley with the 26th-overall choose within the 2017 NFL Draft out of UCLA. He was seen as an athletic pass-rusher who might develop right into a lesser model of outdoor linebackers akin to DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. In a pass-happy NFL, a group can by no means have too many edge rushers.
However McKinley hasn’t developed as Atlanta would’ve hoped. He had 6.zero sacks as a rookie and seven.zero in his second 12 months, however that quantity declined to three.5 in 2019 and 1.zero up to now in 2020. McKinley hardly ever makes an affect exterior the occasional assembly with the quarterback, placing up pedestrian sort out totals annually of his profession.
A situational pass-rush specialist within the ultimate 12 months of his deal has no worth for a non-playoff group, so if McKinley is relaying correct buying and selling potentialities, it is odd that the Falcons did not pull the set off on a Tuesday deal. However partly due to COVID-19 protocols, offers had been down total this season, and there is a likelihood that discussions about buying and selling such picks for McKinley by no means progressed into outright affords.
McKinley will end out the season for a group he is hoped to be traded from in back-to-back seasons. The Falcons host the Broncos on Sunday in Week 9. If McKinley retains his common supervisor hat on a bit longer, he’ll notice that to signal a great free-agent deal, his manufacturing may want to choose up down the stretch.