Falcons release disgruntled former first-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Atlanta Falcons have released defensive end Takkarist McKinley. He has had a lackluster career in the past four seasons with the Falcons.

McKinley was the Falcons first-round draft pick during the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the 26th overall pick in the draft.

Atlanta Falcons Outside linebacker Takkarist McKinley reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Rams
Takkarist McKinley reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Rams (Getty Images)

His departure comes after he went on a rant against the Falcons on social media. Atlanta was unable to trade him last week at the NFL’s trade deadline.

On Wednesday, before Sunday’s game, he went on a rant about the Falcons.

“The @AtlantaFalcons aren’t trading me,” McKinley said on Twitter. “They have declined a handful of offers. These @AtlantaFalcons turned down a 2nd round draft pick when I requested to get traded last year. The same @AtlantaFalcons turned down a 5th and 6th round draft pick from multiple teams when I requested to get traded this year. I only have 17.5 career sacks.”

If a team claims him off of waivers, he is due $875,000.

The 25-year-old suffered a groin injury in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys. Due to his injury, he was limited to just four games.

The California-born player missed the past two games with the groin injury. Before his release, it was up in the air if he was going to play this weekend against the New Orleans Saints.

He appeared in four games, including four starts. He had eight tackles, including one tackle for a loss and seven quarterback hits.

McKinley had 1.0 sacks and one pass deflection.

In his career, he has appeared in 49 games, including 25 starts. He has had 79 tackles, including 22 tackles for a loss and 45 quarterback hits.

He has had 17.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two pass deflections in his career.

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