Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant is refusing to rest on his laurels after being handsomely rewarded with a five-year, $69-million extension Saturday.

Trufant was in the midst of another outstanding season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 9, and said he’s planning on leading the Falcons’ defense back to the Super Bowl.

“The next step is just taking my game even higher,” Trufant said to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. “It don’t stop. I’m never satisfied. I’m always trying to improve my game. I’m always trying to get better. I’m always trying to get to the next level, no matter what’s going on. I’m just continuing to do whatever I can to help my team get back to the (Super) Bowl. And I’m hungry to get back to that Super Bowl because I missed it.”

Trufant said it “killed him” to be held out of the Super Bowl, as the Falcons surrendered a 28-3 lead, losing in overtime to the New England Patriots.

The 26-year-old will be held out of OTAs as the Falcons exercise caution with their star cornerback, but Trufant is actively awaiting his return to action.

“I know it’s all a process,” Trufant said. “I definitely want to be out there, but it’s a process. I’ve got to make sure everything is all the way right. That’s the No. 1 priority: making sure I’m 100 percent completely fine. I’m doing great. I’m feeling great. I feel good now. But it’s a process I have to follow.”

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