Reuniting with Desmond Trufant would make sense for the Atlanta Falcons
Former Atlanta Falcons corner Desmond Trufant will be a free agent, again.
This time last year, Desmond Trufant was released by the Atlanta Falcons and he was signed to a two-year $20 million deal by the Lions – who leaked today that they were going to release the former Pro-Bowl corner.
At 30 years old, his best days are behind him, however, does he have anything left to give the Atlanta Falcons and their young secondary?
Most reasonable Atlanta Falcons fans can agree that Dan Quinn was not the right guy for Atlanta and his defenses lacked a proper scheme and adequate coaching. Most reasonable Lions fans would agree that former head coach Matt Patricia was a terrible barometer from which to judge anyone by.
Having missed 15 games over the last two seasons due to injuries, the market for Desmond Trufant won’t be a large one and given the fact that Falcons are already giving him almost $6 million in 2021, he may give them a discount to come back.
Given how poorly the Atlanta Falcons secondary was last season and given the fiscal issues facing the team in 2021, kicking the tires on Tru may not be a bad idea. There won’t be many affordable options for the Falcons to pursue this offseason in a position of need and even drafting a corner or two this offseason will still leave them short on leadership on the backend.
The last time we saw him in a Falcons uniform, Trufant was able to snag four interceptions, and record seven passes defended in just nine games.
With just AJ Terrell, Isaiah Oliver, Kendall Sheffield, Delrick Abrams, and Chris Williamson under contract, this group needs a lot of help. While Trufant obviously isn’t the long-term solution for the Falcons, he would provide some much-needed experienced depth, and experience for Dean Pees and Jon Hoke.