According to Jordan Schultz, the Detroit Lions are signing former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant.
CB Desmond Trufant is signing with the #Lions, per source. The deal is for 2 years, $21M, $14M guaranteed.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 18, 2020
The contract is reportedly a two-year, $21-million deal with $14-million in guarantees. Trufant may no longer be in the top tier of cornerbacks, but considering how much others have been paid this free agency period, Trufant’s contract seems very fair.
Since 2013, the 29-year corner has 13 interceptions — including four last year — to go along with 79 pass deflections in his career.
As a 2015 Pro Bowler, Trufant has had his fair share of success since being selected in the first round of 2013 NFL Draft. Oddly enough, Trufant was one of the cornerbacks to be selected in front of Darius Slay.
Now, Trufant was just recently released from the Falcons. Starting 97 games for them, the 6-foot, 190-pounder’s play was beginning to decline and his big contract extension he signed in 2017 was no longer commensurate with his onfield performance.
Per Pro Football Focus, Trufant has never graded below a 69.5 overall for a season in his career and was ranked 32nd of 133 qualifying corners in 2019.
At the very least, Trufant is a solid second corner and an upgrade from what the Lions had a year ago. If Slay is to be traded and Trufant must become the top option, the Lions defense might be in trouble, though.
Congrats to my guy!!!! Hope that speeds up my trade process!! https://t.co/ZQHO3NCGuE— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) March 19, 2020
(The article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)