NFL Free Agency: Denver Broncos Should Pass on Veteran CB Marcus Trufant

Jason MuckleySenior Analyst IIMarch 15, 2012

RENTON, WA- CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Marcus Trufant of the Seattle Seahawks poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Marcus Trufant, the 31-year old veteran cornerback, is not a good fit on the Denver Broncos

Adding another 30-plus-year-old to an already old group of cornerbacks is not a good idea for the Broncos.

The Denver Post's Mike Klis has reported that free agent Marcus Trufant from the Seattle Seahawks will visit the Denver Bronco's training facility in Dove Valley this Friday.

It seems like the Broncos have a great chance to acquire him, since his agent, Mike Sullivan, is employed by the Broncos to negotiate contracts and oversee the team's salary cap.

This season Trufant was scheduled to make $7.2 million as reported in Klis' article. That seems like a lot of money for an old CB.

Trufant had a season-ending back and tailbone injury after playing in only four games in 2011. Trufant is a sound tackler and has been a starter all throughout his career.

He usually picks up an interception or two every year and has averaged 68 tackles per season, even in last season's four-game stint.

Trufant is a quality starter like Andre Goodman, but he isn't a game changer. At his age, he seems like someone who can add depth, and I think picking him up for $1-2 million would be reasonable for the Broncos who have the third-most salary cap space of any NFL team.

He definitely shouldn't be picked up for anymore than $3 million.

The Broncos could delay acquiring a 20-something, top cornerback who would demand such high price tags. But, I don't like that scenario. Cornerbacks, except for maybe a top-10 draft pick, are very risky in the draft. The Broncos need to open up their wallets a bit to lure a big-name, top defender to help out an area of the team with the greatest need.

To me, Trufant looks like a band-aid on a bigger issue. He looks like a temporary solution that will cause problems for the Broncos in a pass-happy league.

I think entertaining offers with some of the best in the league would be a wiser course of action. Tracy Porter opposite of Champ Bailey would immediately make the Broncos much more frightening on defense.

However, it is likely that the Broncos have really struggled to attract talent, as they have been holding onto hopes that they can still lure Peyton Manning to the Mile High City. More and more, those hopes seem like a pipe dream, and the Broncos are more and more being left behind in this season's free agency.

Perhaps Trufant is all the Broncos can attract, even with all their excess spending money.