Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant (23) and Earl Thomas (29) hit Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the second quarter in the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Former Seattle Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant Signs With The Jacksonville Jaguars

It was announced to day that former Seattle Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant has reunited with former Seattle defensive coordinator in Jacksonville.

The Seahawks originally selected Trufant with the 11th overall pick out of Washington State way back in 2003.

Trufant has always been a favorite player of mine. Part of that is because he’s a Coug, but mostly it’s because he’s always been a great teammate in Seattle. I can remember Trufant working with Richard Sherman back in 2011 training camp, helping Sherman fix some of the technique flaws that plagued him in college.

Trufant had to realize that by helping Sherman, that he was potentially costing himself his own job down the road, but that didn’t stop him. That kind of selfless act is just too rare in today’s NFL.

Trufant’s best days as a player are behind him, but he showed in 2012 that he might not be done as a contributor in the NFL. His +1.9 rating by Pro Football Focus demonstrates this, but it also shows that Trufant is far from being an elite CB now.

Trufant was mis-cast as a slot corner in 2012 with the Seahawks. The back injuries that have plague his career have also sapped some of his agility. At this point in his career, Trufant needs to have a boundary on the outside to help him. He simply didn’t have the quickness necessary to play inside.

I’m not exactly sure what role Trufant plays with the Jaguars. Perhaps he’s just a veteran camp presence who’s there to help the other defensive backs learn the system. I just hope he gets a chance to make the roster. He’s a good guy, and I’ll miss watching him play if this is the end for him.

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  • http://twitter.com/Spokanedad Spokanedad

    Good interim pick up for Gus.. Should be a win for both sides..

  • Chawks1

    That’s Richard Sherman in the picture…Not Trufant. Tru doesn’t have dreads…just throwing that out there. Sorry to see Tru go. I didn’t want him starting or even suiting up anymore, but was hoping he’d retire a hawk and be a coach…

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

      Curious as to why you thought his career was over? He’s got plenty left in the tank…

      • Wyatt Converse

        Well, maybe it was because he was mis-cast, but he was a huge part of the loss in Miami. I love Trufant, don’t get me wrong, I think we all do, but he was getting bruned left and right. I am glad he’s with Gus though. I definitely wish the best for all of them, but I’m super happy to have Winfield instead of tru. I was hoping we’d get the honey badger, but it was not to be. Go Hawks! And Jags (to a lesser extent)!

    • 12thMan_Rising

      you’re right on the picture. I’ll change it. That picture was generated by our photo service when I queried for Tru. The caption that came with it even claims that it’s of Trufant. Very odd. Thanks for catching that for me.

      • Madmark

        That is Trufant in the 23 jersey with his back to us.

        • 12thMan_Rising

          Yep. I already changed the pick. The one that I originally had posted didn’t have Tru in it at all. It was Sherman, who was mis-identified as Tru by out photo service, and I didn’t catch it when I posted it.

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