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Lions: Desmond Trufant could start at cornerback for Packers

Desmond Trufant’s first season in Detroit didn’t go to plan, and the Lions will create cap room by releasing Trufant at the start of the league year.

Trufant has dealt with injuries the past two years, but not long ago he was one of the stars of the Atlanta Falcons’ defense. A Pro Bowler in 2015, Trufant is a talented player who could be an immediate starter in Joe Barry’s defense.

Given his recent injury history, it’s unlikely Trufant will get a big deal in free agency. The Packers may be able to offer a one-year prove-it contract.

In seven seasons with the Falcons, Trufant had 79 pass defenses, 13 interceptions, along with 329 tackles. Injuries have meant he’s only played a combined 15 games over the past two seasons for both Atlanta and Detroit.

But if Trufant can stay healthy in 2021, he could be a low-risk addition for the Packers. At his best, he’s been a Pro Bowl cornerback. Trufant would add experience and can start right away. Even if the Packers draft a cornerback early this spring, Trufant would be a great short-term option as a starter opposite Jaire Alexander.

Things didn’t work out for Trufant with the Lions, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a good addition to the Packers’ secondary.