Marcus Trufant was once one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL earlier in his career as a Seattle Seahawk. Now, Trufant has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, pairing him with his former defensive coordinator in Seattle, Gus Bradley. Bradley, who has taken reigns as the head coach of the Jaguars, recently noted that he would like to use Trufant as a nickel cornerback, but did not rule out the possibility of Trufant playing on the outside as well.
A former Pro Bowler and All-Pro in 2007, Trufant has been slowed by injuries, and is not quite the caliber of player he once was. However, he does provide a veteran presence to the Jacksonville secondary, which is very young and green. Trufant is well respected by his peers and former teammates around the league. He is the type of player a team would like to have around, to mentor the younger athletes beside him.
This may be Trufant’s last opportunity in the league to prove himself as a quality, starting-caliber type of cornerback. He could not have come to a more comfortable situation, with Bradley at the helm. Even though Bradley will likely tweak a few aspects of his defense from Seattle, Trufant will be relatively familiar with his scheme and coaching style.
Trufant may not ever return to an elite level of play, but he will certainly help improve one of the league’s worst secondaries in 2012. Even if he is relegated to a nickel cornerback role, he will still see a substantial amount of playing time in a league that is becoming pass-heavy.
If Trufant can remain healthy throughout the course of the 2013 season, he will prove to be a solid signing by the Jaguars.