In March, the Chicago Bears signed veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant to a one-year contract with the hope that he’d revitalize his career. While it’s still possible that Trufant can have a bounce-back year, it won’t happen in the Windy City.
Per ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the Bears have released Trufant before the deadline for final cuts.
Trufant left Chicago on Aug. 13 to be with his father, who passed away two days after. He has remained with his family for the past few weeks.
Even though Trufant is currently dealing with personal matters, Schefter said the former Pro Bowl cornerback wants to continue playing.
Bears released CB Desmond Trufant today, per source. Trufant left Chicago on Aug. 13 to be with his father, who passed away on Aug. 15, and he remained with his family during camp. Trufant still owed $3.5 million from the Lions, but wants to continue playing.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2021
Trufant will be owed $3.5 million this year from the Detroit Lions regardless if he plays or not this fall.
In his prime, Trufant was legitimately one of the top cornerbacks in the game. During his seven-year run with the Atlanta Falcons, he had 329 tackles, 79 passes defended, 13 interceptions and seven forced fumbles.
In his only season with the Lions, Trufant had 20 tackles, four passes defended and an interception.
With Trufant out of the rotation, the Bears will need Jaylon Johnson and Kindle Vildor to lead their secondary. They have a lot of potential, but their lack of experience could be an issue.