Rams Free Agency Option II
The LA Rams also have the option to bring in DB Desmond Trufant and give him a look-see. Trufant. Trufant may be a wise choice as well, standing 6-foot-0 and weighing in at 190-pounds. While he may not excite as much as the potential for Poole, he too played for the Atlanta Falcons, for seven seasons to be exact.
He also played a year with the Detroit Lions, where he was the teammate of quarterback Matthew Stafford. While he also has moved around a bit recently, he is solid in pass defense as well.
Trufant struggled with the Lions, but rebounded nicely this season, as reflected in his Pro Football Focus grade of 70.4. Trufant was signed by the Chicago Bears, but a groin injury hit at the worst possible time. Unable to make their roster, he signed on just before the season and played two games in 2021 with the New Orleans Saints in a rotational role.
But he too was cut. Fortunately, he also signed a very modest contract with the Saints which places him well within the budget of the Rams if they take a hankering to him. Trufant is a former Pro Bowler who is also a former first-round pick. He is a well-seasoned veteran, an attribute that is sorely lacking in the Rams’ very young secondary.
The LA Rams can pause and ponder, and allow two intriguing defensive backs to sign on elsewhere. But the front office has a rare opportunity to add depth to a critical position in the nadir of need. Both Trufant or Poole could be strong rotational players where All-Pro defensive back Jalen Ramsey handles the heavy lifting.
Two defensive backs just waiting for the Rams free agency folks to vet and invite in for a look-see. What would it hurt to kick some tires? We know what it hurts not to do so. The Arizona Cardinals are trying to pull away from the rest of the NFC West. Now, it’s up to the Rams front office to see that doesn’t happen.