Detroit Lions make it official: CB Desmond Trufant released
They held on to him for more than a week, just to see if there were any takers in the trade market. On Wednesday, shortly after the new league year opened, the Detroit Lions released cornerback Desmond Trufant.
Trufant's release, which frees up $6 million in cap space, was widely expected after it was first reported nearly two weeks ago.
He was due $9.5 million in base salary this fall, with $3.5 million of that guaranteed. Had Trufant remained on the roster for another three days, the Lions would have guaranteed another $1 million in salary.
The Lions have spent much of the week trimming their roster of bloated contracts to both clear cap space and shed players who no longer fit the scheme or direction of the team.
They released defensive starters Christian Jones, Justin Coleman and Danny Shelton (with an injury designation), plus tight end Jesse James, and have enough cap space to add Jared Goff and Michael Brockers when their trades with the Los Angeles Rams become official Thursday.
Quarterback Chase Daniel, who has $1.5 million in base salary guaranteed, is expected to be released if the Lions cannot find a taker in a trade.
Trufant was signed last year to anchor the Lions secondary, but played in just six games because of a recurring hamstring injury.
He had one interception, made 20 tackles and as 4 p.m. Thursday — when the move will be processed — will be eligible to sign anywhere.