Trufant (hamstring) is signing a one-year contract with the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The veteran corner could be a replacement for Kyle Fuller, who reportedly will be traded or released in the coming days. Trufant was a 16-game starter in four of his first six NFL seasons, but he managed only nine appearances his final year (2019) in Atlanta and six last year in Detroit. The 30-year-old struggled with a hamstring injury throughout most of the 2020 campaign.
The Lions released Trufant (hamstring) on Wednesday. The move was expected, and the Lions made it official when the new league year began Wednesday. The 30-year-old cornerback fought through a hamstring injury in 2020, and he struggled when he was on the field, finishing as the team's worst-graded cornerback, per Pro Football Focus. The Lions will save $6.1 million in salary-cap space with the transaction.
The Lions will release Trufant (hamstring) later this month, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports. Throughout the past two seasons, Trufant has struggled to stay healthy while suiting up for 15 games in that span. Though the Lions will absorb a $6 million dead cap hit with this release, the move does create $6.1 million in cap space for the franchise. The veteran cornerback will leave Detroit after spending just one season with the team, in which he posted 20 tackles, one sack and a pick in six games.
Trufant (hamstring) registered 20 tackles, one sack, four pass breakups and one interception over six games in 2020. After making a name for himself in Atlanta from 2013 to 2019, Trufant was supposed to be Detroit's replacement for the departed Darius Slay. However, not only did the 2013 first-round pick struggle to stay healthy, Trufant also finished the year as Detroit's worst-graded cornerback, per Pro Football Focus. The Lions now have a tough choice to make regarding the 30-year-old veteran who's recovering from a season-ending hamstring injury, as the team could save $6.5 million by cutting him loose this offseason at the cost of eating $6 million in dead money.
Trufant (hamstring) will not return to the Lions' Week 12 contest against the Texans. Trufant exited the matchup in the second quarter with a questionable tag. With Trufant ruled out, the Lions are without either of their top corners for the second half matchup against Deshaun Watson.
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