Detroit Lions set to release cornerback Desmond Trufant
The Detroit Lions began getting their books in order before the new league year began, informing veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant that he will be released later that month, according to an ESPN report.
Text messages to Trufant’s representative and the team were not immediately returned.
The Lions signed Trufant last off-season. The former Pro Bowler was meant to be a stopgap after the team traded Darius Slay, but the move ended in failure due to injuries.
Trufant suffered a thigh injury at the start of the season and missed the next two games to add to the strain on his return. After pausing three more games, he competed in four competitions before injuring his Achilles tendon a third time, ending his season.
Even when he was in the field, Trufant fought. In six games, he was targeted 32 times, allowing for 22 completions for 259 yards and three touchdowns. At games where he was in coverage, the opposing quarterbacks achieved a passing rating of 111.3. Combine that inefficiency with five missed tackles and it turned out to be a disastrous campaign.
Trufant had signed a two-year contract with the Lions that included a signing bonus of $ 5 million and guarantees totaling $ 14 million. The team will continue to be responsible for $ 6 million in dead money this season ($ 3.5 million guaranteed base salary and the remaining prorated portion of its $ 2.5 million signing bonus), while Release 6, Will wipe $ 2 million off the books.
In an interview with local media earlier this week, Trainer Dan Campbell announced the move when he realized that Lions would need to address the cornerback position this off-season.
The Lions still have three cornerbacks under contract, but Justin Coleman is another potential cap victim. His release would save the team an additional $ 5 million in much-needed space.
The Lions are expected to revolve around the young tandem of Jeff Okudah, the team’s first round draft pick a year ago, and Amani Oruwariye, who has seen promising results in his first two seasons.