Desmond Trufant could help Cardinals at cornerback position

(Photo by Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Desmond Trufant
(Photo by Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Desmond Trufant /

The veteran corner could help a shell-shocked Arizona Cardinals defensive unit cope with the sudden loss of Malcolm Butler.

The loss of cornerback Malcolm Butler is a devastating blow to the defensive unit of the Arizona Cardinals. If general manager Steve Keim was smart, he would quickly look to acquire a cover guy who can help offset the loss of one of the club’s most important free-agent acquisitions of 2021.

On Tuesday, the Chicago Bears parted ways with veteran corner Desmond Trufant. The 30-year-old was signed to a one-year contract back in March, but he will now be forced to move on from a team he never played a down for. Could Keim and the Cards have interest in the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Trufant?

At the moment, Arizona has only two cornerbacks on the roster who have participated in a regular-season matchup. Byron Murphy is entering his third NFL campaign, while ninth-year professional Robert Alford has not played in a game that counts since December of 2018.

Rookie cover guys Marco Wilson and Tay Gowan, along with second-year pro Luq Barcoo, fill out the Cardinals’ suddenly-depleted depth chart. Adding an experienced player like Trufant would be strongly recommended for a squad that hopes to contend this coming fall.

Former first-round pick could help the Arizona Cardinals in 2021

Trufant entered the league back in 2013 as a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons. The University of Washington product was the 22nd-overall selection and was a First-team All-Pac-12 performer for the Huskies back in 2012.

The Tacoma, Washington native played opposite Alford in the Falcons secondary for six consecutive seasons (2013-18). In 97 starts for Atlanta, Trufant racked up 329 tackles,13 interceptions, and 79 pass breakups. An outstanding performance in 2015 earned Trufant a trip to that year’s Pro Bowl.

Last season, Trufant started six contests for the Detroit Lions. He totaled 20 tackles, a pick, and four pass breakups during his stint in the “Motor City”. A lingering hamstring injury sidelined Trufant for a total of 10 contests in 2020, and he was ultimately released by the Lions back in March of this year.

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In order to be with his ailing father (who has since passed away), Trufant missed most of Chicago’s training camp this past summer. His absence likely cost the corner a spot on the Bears roster in 2021.

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