On the first day of the NFL’s legal tampering free agency period last year, the Philadelphia Eagles signed a recently released 29-year-old defender (Malik Jackson) to be a starter for them. Could that happen for the second year in a row?
The Atlanta Falcons are expected to cut Desmond Trufant as a cap casualty this week, according to NFL insider Tom Pelissero. And there’s reason to think the Eagles could be interested in the veteran cornerback.
Trufant overlapped with newly hired Eagles defensive backs coach Marquand Manuel for four seasons in Atlanta. Manuel was the Falcons’ secondary coach from 2015 though 2016 before moving up to defensive coordinator from 2017 through 2018. Trufant’s sole Pro Bowl season came when Manuel was his position coach in 2015.
The Eagles might need to sign two starting cornerbacks in free agency depending on what happens with Jalen Mills. If Trufant is available at a reasonable price, it’s an option the Eagles should weigh. He turns 30 in September and only played nine games last year, which isn’t ideal, but he did finish 32nd out of 133 cornerbacks graded by Pro Football Focus last season. There are worse options out there.
Here’s some more insight on Trufant from our friends over at The Falcoholic:
I’m bummed this is happening. Trufant only played in 9 games in 2020, but reeled in a career high number of interceptions with 4, deflected 7 passes, and generally played pretty well despite the state of the larger defense, which is an indication that he can still play and play at a high level. If the team does move on, he’ll finish 16th in team history for interceptions, 2nd for pass deflections, and 62nd in games played for the franchise. [...] In the end, I don’t expect Trufant to lack for suitors so long as he’s healthy, because he’s still a good cornerback and teams won’t have to deal with more onerous bits of his current contract. It stinks that his career will end in such an unceremonious way after all the good he’s done for the franchise, but Atlanta’s many issues figure to doom more than one useful player with a big contract this coming week.
Should the Eagles sign Desmond Trufant?
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