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Detroit Lions to release ex-Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant

Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Detroit Lions before the 2020 season. He spent the previous seven seasons in Atlanta. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI
Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Detroit Lions before the 2020 season. He spent the previous seven seasons in Atlanta. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

March 4 (UPI) -- The Detroit Lions are planning to release former Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant after only one season.

League sources told ESPN and NFL Media on Thursday that Detroit will release Trufant at the start of the new league year, which begins on March 17.

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Trufant, a Pro Bowl selection in 2015, signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Lions before the 2020 season to be the team's replacement for Darius Slay, who was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last March. According to Spotrac, the Lions still owe Trufant $3.5 million in guaranteed money for the 2021 season.

By releasing Trufant, the Lions saved $3 million in salary-cap space for 2021. If he is designated as a post-June 1 cut, the team will save $6.5 million.

The 30-year-old Trufant was the Lions' Week 1 starter this past season, but he spent most of the year battling hamstring issues. He was limited to six games with the Lions, recording one interception and four passes defensed.

The Atlanta Falcons selected Trufant in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Washington. In 103 career games with the Falcons and Lions, he has recorded 349 total tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 14 interceptions and 83 pass breakups.

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