Falcons waive former first-round pick Takk McKinley after critical tweet

The Atlanta Falcons reached their breaking point with defensive end Takk McKinley.

Five days after the former first-round pick criticized the organization on Twitter for not moving him at the trade deadline, the Falcons on Monday announced they had waived the pass rusher.

McKinley wrote last Wednesday that he requested to be traded in 2019, claiming that the team had turned down a second-round pick. He said the Falcons rebuffed multiple offers of fifth- and sixth-round selections this year. McKinley then tweeted three clown emoji. 

Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris said last week that McKinley had handled the situation inappropriately and that the team would weigh its options.

"Takk will definitely be held accountable for his actions, and everything that goes along with it," Morris said. "That's with missing whatever he missed today, and all the things that he has missed in the past."

McKinley, 25, was the No. 26 overall pick out of UCLA in the 2017 NFL draft. The Falcons opted not to pick up his fifth-year option prior to this season, and a groin injury limited him to just four games in 2020. He has recorded just 17 1/2 sacks in three and a half years. 

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