Cornerback was already an issue for Chicago in terms of depth, experience, and depth with experience. And while the Bears could certainly have their eyes elsewhere, the roster decisions ahead of today’s 3 p.m. CT cut-down deadline are somewhat perplexing.
The latest coming by way of letting go of a free agent signing from this past March:
Bears released CB Desmond Trufant today, per source. Trufant left Chicago on Aug. 13 to be with his father, who passed away on Aug. 15, and he remained with his family during camp. Trufant still owed $3.5 million from the Lions, but wants to continue playing.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2021
Chicago is releasing cornerback Desmond Trufant, tweets ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Cutting Trufant now clears an estimated $1.075M in cap space, per OverTheCap.com’s calculations. So … that’s helpful.
Trufant hasn’t been with the Bears for a bit as he has been dealing with the death of his father. I imagine Trufant not being available played a role in this decision, but still … it’s jarring to look at the Bears’ cornerbacks room at this moment.
As of this posting, Chicago’s corners are Jaylon Johnson, Kindle Vildor, Duke Shelley, Artie Burns, Tre Roberson, Xavier Crawford, and Dionte Ruffin. For the sake of comparison, last year’s Bears roster began the year with 10 defensive backs. And with Eddie Jackson, Tashaun Gipson, Deon Bush, and DeAndre Houston-Carson as virtual locks among the safeties, this means someone (or multiple someones) from the cornerbacks room could be on their way out soon. Not to mention safeties Marqui Christian and Teez Tabor being on the roster bubble.
How this group looks after the 3 p.m. CT roster cutdown deadline should be interesting, to say the least.