The Atlanta Falcons made a somewhat surprising move earlier this week when they released former Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant. And despite signing slot cornerback Kendall Fuller to a four-year deal on Monday, the Redskins still have a need at the position.
So, it makes sense that they would inquire about the new cornerback on the market.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Redskins are one of the multiple teams reportedly interested in signing the cornerback. Trufant, 29, is reportedly seeking a multi-year contract.
Trufant, the Falcons first-round draft pick in 2013, has spent all seven seasons of his career in Atlanta. Despite playing in just nine contests a season ago, he recorded a career-high four interceptions. He's been relatively durable throughout his career, and would bring Washington talent on the outside they desperately need.
Earlier this week, the Redskins watched the two top cornerbacks on the market sign lucrative deals elsewhere. Former Cowboys star Byron Jones signed a five-year, $75 million deal in Miami while James Bradberry, a presumed Redskins free agent target, signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the New York Giants.
With Trufant being available, the Redskins have one last chance at landing a premier cornerback in free agency. Two NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, also need to upgrade at the position, and Dallas is reportedly interested in Trufant as well. The Cowboys convinced wideout Amari Cooper to stay in Dallas despite having more money on the table from Washington. The Redskins certainly don't want to lose out to Dallas twice.
Washington's current cornerback room consists of Fuller in the slot with Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau on the outside. Second-year veteran Jimmy Moreland in the mix, too. The Redskins released high-priced cornerback Josh Norman last month, and he signed a one-year deal with Buffalo shortly after.
Dunbar has an exceptional season in 2019 (ranked the No. 2 cornerback by Pro Football Focus), but missed five games due to injury and is unhappy with his contract. Dunbar enters the final year of his deal with no guaranteed money. Moreau is also entering the final year of his contract.
Entering free agency, Washington desperately needed to add at least one cornerback, but adding two would have been wise. With Trufant, they have a chance to add a difference-maker who still has plenty of football left. The Redskins have been relatively quiet in free agency thus far; now they have a chance to make a splash, even if it's not a gigantic one.
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Redskins one of multiple teams reportedly interested in CB Desmond Trufant originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington