Detroit Lions tell CB Desmond Trufant he’ll be launched, source says
The Detroit Lions have announced to cornerback Desmond Trufant that he will be released early in the league year, which begins March 17, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Trufant signed a two-year $ 20 million deal with the Lions ahead of the 2020 season to replace Darius Slay, who was traded to Philadelphia. Detroit still owes him $ 3.5 million in guaranteed money for 2021.
It never quite worked out for Trufant, who was the first week starter, as he spent most of the season with hamstring problems that limited him to six games, one interception and four passes defended. It also ended in a game fight with rookie Jeff Okudah from the first round and the pro Amani Oruwariye from the second year for outside places. Trufant’s role as corner number 1 was questionable for the 2021 season.
Since both Oruwariye and Okudah were under contract for the foreseeable future and were much younger, the 30-year-old Trufant was dispensable. He was set to make $ 9.5 million in cash in 2021 and hit a cap of $ 12.5 million.
His release saved Lions $ 3 million in cap space – and if it is shown as a cut after June 1, $ 6.5 million. According to the roster management system, it will be capped at $ 6 million for Lions this year.
The release of Trufant helps Lions make room after Matthew Stafford’s deal against Jared Goff.
On Tuesday, head coach Dan Campbell said the Lions needed cornerback competition.
“We need competition in this area. We need depth in areas,” said Campbell. “We need competition. I mean just because we have two young cornerbacks, for example, man, you still want competition. You want guys who have to compete [with] who are able to push it, or they are pushing into this starting position. I mean, it’s just healthy. It makes you better “
Trufant, the previous first round pick for Atlanta in 2013, made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and has started all 103 games he has played in his career. He has performed 14 interceptions with 83 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, and 7 fumble recoveries. He played with the Falcons for almost the last season.