The New England Patriots are still working on their roster, and the team has already considered adding a former Pro Bowl cornerback after having him for a visit. Head coach Bill Belichick made several changes in the last few days. He added the top tight ends on the market and also re-signed Cam Newton.
Desmond Trufant is next on the list. The cornerback is taking a free agent visit to the Patriots on Friday. Field Yates from ESPN confirmed the information.
Trufant, 30, spent his first seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He earned his Pro Bowl nod in 2015. The Falcons selected him in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Trufant signed with the Detroit Lions last offseason. However, things didn’t go the way he planned as he missed 10 games due to an injury.
Patriots had the cornerback for a visit to replace their veterans
In six games for Detroit, the cornerback had 20 tackles, one interception, and four passes defended. Trufant allowed 20 catches on 29 targets for 258 yards and two touchdowns as confirmed by Pro Football Focus. Trufant missed seven games in his final year in Atlanta in 2019.
Patricia was the Lions’ head coach but returned to the Patriots and embraced a consultant role in the offseason. He was a defensive coordinator of the Patriots before joining the Lions.
New England has several issues to handle at the moment. Veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore is the perfect trade candidate and J.C. Jackson is a restricted free agent. Jason McCourty is an unrestricted free agent. Each of these players is not guaranteed to return in 2021.
Belichick hosted linebacker Raekwon McMillan on a free agent visit Friday and offered him a one-year deal.
Things look really great in New England and Belichick has packed his roster with talent. He agreed to deal with several elite players, but also let go of some of his veterans. Patrick Chung announced his decision to retire, and this was a big blow for the team. Joe Thuney left the team to join the Kansas City Chiefs. Who’s the next to go? Will Belichick sign more players in free agency or the 2021 NFL Draft?