Bears Rumors: Ex-Lions CB Desmond Trufant Agrees to 1-Year Contract

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 19, 2021

Detroit Lions cornerback Desmond Trufant (23) in action against the Houston Texans during an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
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The Chicago Bears and former Detroit Lions cornerback Desmond Trufant agreed to a one-year contract Friday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Trufant, 30, has played eight NFL seasons. The Atlanta Falcons selected him 22nd overall in the 2013 NFL draft. The cornerback spent seven years there, making the 2015 Pro Bowl.

Atlanta released Trufant after the 2019 season. The Lions signed him to a two-year deal before the 2020 campaign but released him this month.

The Bears brought in Trufant one day after parting ways with cornerback Kyle Fuller in a salary cap-saving move. He should be in line for a starting cornerback position with the Bears in 2021.

Injuries have forced Trufant to miss 17 of a possible 32 games over the past two seasons. A turf toe injury and a broken forearm sidelined Trufant in 2019, and a hamstring injury was the culprit in 2020.

Despite the missed time, Trufant had four interceptions in just nine games in 2019. The hamstring ailment undoubtedly hindered him in 2020, and he finished with the 65th grade among cornerbacks since 2018, per Pro Football Focus.

However, Trufant has been a good cornerback for much of his career, and a return to his old form would make him a steal for the Bears.