With uncertainty surrounding the future of their top two cornerbacks, the Patriots appear to be checking in on the market at that position. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the team hosted former Pro Bowler Desmond Trufant for a free agency visit on Friday.
Trufant is a few years removed from his dominant 2015 season, but fits the prototype the Patriots typically look for in a cornerback. He’s got the size (6-foot-1, 190 pounds), instincts, and willing physicality to fit right into their defensive scheme.
The 22nd pick of the 2013 draft, Trufant spent seven of his first seven NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, before playing for Matt Patricia in Detroit in 2020. He was released by the Lions on Wednesday as a cap casualty.
Back in 2019, Trufant recorded four interceptions despite playing just nine games due to a broken toe and arm (separate injures). However, the 30-year-old struggled last year in Detroit, and was once again limited by injuries. The Patriots should have a good idea of what kind of shape he is in, given the link to Patricia, who is now employed by the Patriots.
With Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson’s contract situations still up in the air, and Jason McCourty now a free agent, it would make sense for the Patriots to add cornerback depth – especially a veteran. Trufant should be an affordable option in a down year for the position, so his status is something to monitor. If the Patriots do elect to sign him, we could see it happen soon – his visit coincided with linebacker Raekwon McMillan, whose signing was reported less than an hour after the visit.
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