Lions reportedly releasing CB Desmond Trufant


The Lions signed Desmond Trufant last spring as the replacement for Darius Slay. It felt like a flawed plan from the start.

A year later, Trufant is being released.

The Lions have informed the veteran cornerback that he will be cut when the new league year starts March 17, according to Adam Schefter.

The move will save Detroit about $6.2 million against the cap next season. Trufant was set to have a cap hit of $12.2 million.

It's not a surprising move, one that head coach Dan Campbell hinted at earlier in the week. A signing of the previous regime, Trufant missed 10 games last season due to injuries. When he was on the field, he allowed 22 completions on 32 targets in coverage and a passer rating of 111.3.

Fellow corner Justin Coleman could be next. Asked Tuesday whether Trufant and Coleman would be returning for the 2021 season, Campbell said he and GM Brad Holmes were discussing all possibiliitles.

"There are going to be some things that go down this week, one way or another," he said. "When all that happens, you’ll know."