The Lions have informed Desmond Trufant that he will be released, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Trufant — who served as a starting cornerback for Detroit — will be officially dropped on the first day of the league year later this month.
Trufant compiled four interceptions and seven passes defensed in 2019, despite being limited to only nine games. Still, the Falcons released him midway through his five-year, ~$69M mega-deal.
That led him to the Lions last March on a more reasonable two-year, $21M deal. Still, his Lions contract included $14M in guarantees. With his release, the Lions will save $6M while being left with roughly $6.2M in dead money, provided that he isn’t classified as a post-June 1 release.
Trufant’s short Lions tenure ended early due to injury. He finished out 2020 with one interception, four passes defended and 20 total stops in six games.