Marcus Trufant will be switching uniforms after 10 years in Seattle
Trufant spent the past 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, and remained a consistent starter through most part. However, Trufant struggled to find significant playing time behind cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner in 2012. Moreover, there was no longer room for Trufant in the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive backfield after they signed three-time Pro Bowler Antoine Winfield this offseason.
However, in Jacksonville, Trufant will play a mentoring role to the five rookies in the Jaguars’ defensive backfield this season. The Jacksonville Jaguars added safety Jonathan Cyprien (second-round), cornerback Dwayne Gratz (third-round), safety Josh Evans (sixth-round) as well as cornerbacks Jeremy Harris and Demetrius McCray (both in the seventh-round) through the NFL draft last month.
Trufant appeared willing take on any task set to him by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"It's actually a little bit of everything,” Trufant said of the mentoring role he will play in the secondary. “I just finished my 10th year, so I'm able to bring some wisdom to the table. But at the same time, I'm here to play, to compete, and here to try to help the team win any way I can."
Selected in the first-round pick of the 2003 NFL draft by the Seahawks, Trufant is among team’s top 10 leaders in career interceptions (21) and tackles (638). Trufant started 125 career games for the Seattle Seahawks, registering 638 tackles and 21 interceptions during the stretch. He played the last four seasons in Seattle under Gus Bradley the former Seahawks defensive coordinator, who is now a first-year head coach with the Jaguars.
The 32-year-old Trufant said his decision to play in Jacksonville had a lot to do with Bradley, who scouted him this offseason.
"He’s just an all-around great person, a great coach,” Trufant said of Bradley.
To make roster space for Trufant, the Jacksonville Jaguars released veteran cornerback Antwaun Molden on Tuesday.