Marcus Trufant has had a remarkably geographically contained football career — from Wilson High School in Tacoma, to Washington State, then 10 years in the NFL with the Seahawks.
Trufant, though, will finally call a new state home as he attempts to continue his career at age 32, after signing Tuesday as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In Jacksonville, Trufant will join former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who is entering his first year as head coach of the Jaguars.
Trufant’s signing with Jacksonville also means the Seahawks will almost certainly enter the 2013 season without any players left from the 2005 Super Bowl season.
Trufant and linebacker Leroy Hill were the last two players remaining from that squad. Hill also is an unrestricted free agent, but has yet to sign with a team.
Trufant, a first-round draft pick in 2003, is among the Seahawks’ top 10 career leaders in interceptions (21) and tackles (638).
With Jacksonville, he’ll become the veteran in a young secondary that Bradley has quickly remade through free agency and the draft.
Asked if his role with the Jaguars is more as a mentor or a player, Trufant said: “It’s actually a little bit of everything. 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.”
Trufant said Bradley was a factor in his signing — the two had been in regular phone contact recently — and Trufant said “he’s just an all-around great person, a great coach.”
The Jaguars play the Seahawks in Seattle on Sept. 22.
The Jaguars made room on their roster for Trufant by releasing cornerback Antwaun Molden.