The Jacksonville Jaguars continued the renovation of their secondary today by signing CB Marcus Trufant, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks. Trufant has played under Bradley before in Seattle and will bring a veteran presence to a secondary that just added 5 draft picks and 2 rookie free agents.
Trufant is an 11 year veteran. He has accumulated 565 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, 21 interceptions, and 111 passes defended along with 2 TDs over his 11 year career. He has seen a lot of action, but is getting a little long in the tooth. In 2012 he appeared in 12 games and started only two. He had 24 tackles, 2 passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The Trufant signing goes against the recent free agent formula in that Trufant is…well…much, much older. I still like the acquistion though and I believe he will help mentor the young defensive backs. He is familiar with Gus Bradley and his system and he can help bring the young players along, getting them more familiar with how to play the scheme.
Trufant lost playing time last year to younger CBs Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. He should still have some tread left on the tires and at the very least provide quality depth, but something tells me he could have an opportunity to start. After all, he is an 11 year NFL veteran.
Antwaun Molden was released to make room.
-David R. Johns