Marcus Trufant is a Seahawk no more.
The Associated Press and Florida Times-Union have reported that Trufant has agreed to a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The move reunites the Tacoma native with coach Gus Bradley, the Seahawks former defensive coordinator who is now the Jaguars head coach.
Trufant, a first-round draft pick in 2003 out of Washington State, is entering his 11th season in the NFL. He has started 125 games at cornerback, totaling 638 tackles and 21 interceptions. He played the last four seasons under Bradley.
Trufant, who flew to Jacksonville on Monday, told the Florida Times-Union he was “recruited” by Bradley to join the team.
“It’s just an all-around good fit as far as the city and the coaching staff,” Trufant said in a phone interview with the paper.
“Everything I’ve been hearing is so positive. I just like the upside and I want to be a part of it.”
Trufant will help mentor a defensive backfield that includes five rookies. The Jaguars drafted safety Johnathan Cyprien in the second round, cornerback Dwayne Gratz in the third and safety Josh Evans in the sixth. The team also selected cornerbacks Jeremy Harris and Demetrius McCray in the seventh round.
The Jaguars released veteran cornerback Antwaun Molden to make room for the former Seahawks starter.
Trufant, 32, has dealt with injuries to his back and hamstring in recent years. He missed 22 games the last four seasons but told the Florida Times-Union that he’s “feeling really good.”
“I’ve been working hard so I feel strong and feel fast,” he said.