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Atlanta Falcons waive disgruntled DE Takk McKinley

The Atlanta Falcons drafted defensive end Takkarist McKinley (L) with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. File Photo by Derik Hamilton/UPI
The Atlanta Falcons drafted defensive end Takkarist McKinley (L) with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. File Photo by Derik Hamilton/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Falcons waived former first-round draft pick Takk McKinley on Monday, just days after the disgruntled defensive end called out the team for failing to trade him.

Last week, McKinley wrote on Twitter that Atlanta turned down fifth- and sixth-round draft pick offers from multiple teams despite his desire to be traded. The fourth-year pass rusher also said he requested a trade last year, but the Falcons turned down a second-round selection for him at the time.

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Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris said last week that McKinley would be "held accountable" for his decision to reveal the details of those possible trades on social media, along with past misconduct.

"Takk will definitely be held accountable for his actions and everything that goes with it," Morris said. "That's with him missing [Wednesday] and all of the things he's missed in the past. You definitely have to go through all the issues and go through all the stuff you have to deal with."

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McKinley is now free to choose where he goes, if he clears waivers.

Earlier this year, the Falcons declined to pick up McKinley's fifth-year option, which carried a $10.3 million price tag.

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McKinley was sidelined for the past two games because of a groin injury and illness. According to the team, he has been dealing with the groin issue since Week 2.

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McKinley has played only 81 snaps and has just one sack in four games this season. He has recorded 17.5 career sacks since entering the NFL in 2017 as the No. 26 overall pick.

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