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Report: Desmond Trufant will be released by the Lions

- By John Maakaron This article was produced by the staff at Sports Illustrate­d/All Lions. For more, visit lions

Desmond Trufant’s stint with the Detroit Lions has reportedly come to an end.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the “Lions have informed CB Desmond Trufant that he will be released at the start of the league year later this month, per source.”

In recent media sessions, Detroit general manger Brad Holmes indicated that roster cuts would likely be taking place this week.

Trufant was originally signed to add depth in the secondary, after former Lions general manager Bob Quinn traded Darius Slay to the Philadelph­ia Eagles.

Trufant, a longtime Atlanta Falcons cornerback, agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with Detroit back in March of 2020, with base salaries of $4.5 million and $9.5 million in 2020 and 2021, respective­ly.

Unfortunat­ely, he simply could not stay on the field, as he battled hamstring injuries all throughout his tenure in Motown.

The veteran defensive back still has $3.5 million in guaranteed money due to him from his 2021 salary.

Here is a list of all the top veterans that Detroit could move on from, including Trufant, and how much cap space could subsequent­ly be saved.

• Trufant -- $6.2 million

• Cornerback Justin Coleman -- $4.9 million

• Defensive tackle Nick Williams -- $4.7 million

• Offensive lineman Joe Dahl -- $2.8 million

• Defensive tackle Danny Shelton -- $4 million

• Linebacker Christian Jones -- $2.6 million

• Tight end Jesse James -- $2.1 million

• Quarterbac­k Chase Daniel -- $2.3 million

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