The Jacksonville Jaguars are scheduled to host 11 year veteran corner-back Marcus Trufant today in hopes of picking up a mentor for their 5 rookie corners who were recently brought in.
Trufant who was drafted in the the 1st round, 11th overall in the 2003 draft by the Seattle Seahawks, has spent his career in a Seattle uniform, would be a valuable pick up by the Jaguars if they do reach an agreement with him. If they happen to do so, the team will have 10 corner-backs on the roster which will more than likely get bumped down to around 6-7 after cuts are made later on this year.
Last season they brought in Aaron Ross who parted ways from the New York Giants after spending 5 seasons with them. Ross signed with the Jaguars for 3 years, $9.75 million, where he was released after free agency started by new general manager Dave Caldwell. He recently signed with the New York Giants to make a 2nd run with the team. Now back to the subject of this article.
In his 11 year run in the league for the Seattle Seahawks, he has played over 136 games with 21 interceptions, 644 tackles, 5 forced fumbles , 2 touchdowns and 2 sacks.
So throwing him in the mix to mentor this group of young corners, with Alan Ball being the most experienced on the roster right now, with 6 years under his belt out of the University of Illinois, would definitely do some good for this group of prospects. He slid into a reserve role with the Seahawks but would provide experience for a secondary that desperately needs it. Well, this team needs work everywhere so if they can afford veterans who can help mentor a group of young kids and get production on top of that, why not?
Trufant is also familiar with Gus Bradley, who happens to be Jacksonville’s new head coach, was the defensive coordinator in Seattle for 4 seasons. So it is understandable why the Jaguars are picking Marcus Trufant out of a pool of free agent veteran corners, as Trufant already knows Gus Bradley’s style.
As I stated before in the beginning of this article, it will be a good pick up by the Jacksonville Jaguars if they happen to sign Trufant after this visit. With only 4 of their corners having experience in this league, it would be a plus to have a guy who has been in the league as long as Marcus Trufant and still have him around for 3-4 seasons if everything works out. Imagine if this works, how good these corners will be?
Not only the rookies, but Alan Ball, Mike Harris, Antwuan Molden and Kevin Rutland? I mean, if they survive pre-season cuts, like I said, if they sign Trufant they will have 10 active corners and not all of them can stay. It will be interesting to see if Gus Bradley can talk Marcus and the Jaguars into agreeing on a contract for this upcoming season. I think it should happen.
Jacksonville Corners Depth Chart as of today.
Dwayne Gratz (R)
Jeremy Harris (R)
Demetrius McCray (R)
Trey Wilson (R)
Marcus Burley (R)