The Minnesota Vikings have had troubles stopping the pass in recent years. Considering they are one of the better run-stopping defenses, it is imaginable that they would give up more yards through the air than the normal teams as teams would avoid the run. The Vikings’ secondary, however, is filled with young and unproven talent and that is why a veteran like Marcus Trufant would be a perfect signing heading into the season.
The main cornerback who would be ideal to be replaced by Trufant is A.J. Jefferson. Jefferson routinely struggles with watching the ball in the air and often has his back turned to the quarterback, traits that have led to him giving up easy touchdowns.
If the Vikings were able to bring in Trufant, who was a Pro-Bowler back in 2007 with the Seattle Seahawks, they would be adding a 32-year-old veteran with 10 years of playing experience. Yes, Trufant is past his prime and probably isn’t good enough to be a top two corner on most teams, the Vikings however could insert Trufant into a four man rotation with Chris Cook, Josh Robinson and Xavier Rhodes.
Of those three players listed, the one with the most experience is Cook who is entering his fourth NFL season. But due to injuries, he has played in only 22 games. The team decided to cut ties with veteran Antoine Winfeld, a questionable decision. But the addition of Trufant would give their secondary some much-needed experience.
The starting safeties for the Vikings are young as well as Harrison Smith is entering just his second season and Jamarca Sanford has started just 31 career games. Most of those starts for Sanford have come within the past two season’s and hopefully now that he will be teamed up with Smith full-time they should bring some stability in the deep secondary.
The signing of Trufant would not only bring a player with experience into a young secondary but it would also keep Jefferson, who hurt the team immensely last season, off the field making the overall defense better. Individually, Trufant wouldn’t make a huge impact on the field like he used to in Seattle, but he would give Rhodes the chance to learn from a veteran as well as give the Vikings a chance to keep Rhodes’ playing time down until he proves he is ready to play full-time.