Ideally Marcus Trufant is part of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ nickel package and helps buy time for some of the kids to develop.
But if their kid corners struggle, they’ve now got a veteran who gives them an additional option.
Trufant’s the first addition to the Jaguars who comes from Seattle’s defense, where he was part of the unit Gus Bradley coordinated for the Seahawks.
Bradley, of course, is now the rookie coach of the Jaguars.
New coaches typically like to bring over a veteran player or two who can be a bit of a locker room disciple of a new system.
The Jaguars want to find their own pair of big, athletic corners.
They signed Alan Ball, who struggled in chances with the Texans last year. He’s 6-foot-2, 191 pounds. They drafted Dwayne Gratz (5-11, 201) in the third round out of UConn. Two seventh-round corners will also vie for roster spots and roles -- Jeremy Harris (6-2, 181) and Demetrius McCray (6-1, 187).
Trufant is heading into his 11th year. He was a first-round draft pick in 2003 and measures in at 5-11, 197.