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3 Teams That Must Sign Desmond Trufant Immediately

Max Staley
Desmond Trufant was released by the Atlanta Falcons.
Desmond Trufant was released by the Atlanta Falcons. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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Desmond Trufant was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Monday morning. He had a down year in 2019, as he allowed a passer rating of 100.9 when targeted in coverage (87.6 in 2018).

Still, he's a former Pro Bowler entering his age-30 season, and he should see plenty of interest on the open market. With that in mind, let's take a look at three teams that need to sign Trufant this offseason.

3. Arizona Cardinals

Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals could use another reliable cornerback this offseason.
Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals could use another reliable cornerback this offseason. / Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Thanks to the emergence of Kyler Murray, there's a lot of optimism around the Arizona Cardinals' offense. The same can't be said of the defense, though. The Cardinals finished the regular season as the league's sixth-worst pass defense, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. With over $30 million in available space, Arizona can afford to take a flyer on a talent like Trufant.

2. Detroit Lions

Matt Patricia and the Lions could use an upgrade at cornerback.
Matt Patricia and the Lions could use an upgrade at cornerback. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions finished the regular season as the league's fourth-worst pass defense by DVOA. Unfortunately, that unit could get even worse next season, given all the trade rumors surrounding Darius Slay. Regardless of Slay's status, adding a veteran presence like Trufant could bring some much-needed stability to this unit.

1. New York Giants

Daniel Jones and the Giants need an upgrade in the secondary this offseason.
Daniel Jones and the Giants need an upgrade in the secondary this offseason. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

With more than $50 million in cap space, the New York Giants have plenty of issues to fix, and the cap space to solve them. The secondary is arguably the most pressing of those needs, as NYG graded out as the league's second-worst pass defense by DVOA. Trufant won't fix that on his own, but he'd be a nice low-risk, high-reward gamble for Big Blue.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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