Browns sign former Pettine player in Isaiah Trufant


Jarius Byrd? He’s going to New Orleans. Darrelle Revis? Trade’s not looking likely. Isaiah Trufant? All ours.

In the wee hours of the night, the Browns agreed to terms with Trufant, the 31-year-old cornerback formerly of the New York Jets and famously of the trio of football-playing brothers (Marcus and Desmond). This Trufant played just 72 snaps on defense last season but registered eight tackles on special teams. The Jets failed to tender him an offer as a restricted free agent and Mike Pettine opted for an old school reunion. Brett Ratliff and Jason Trusnik know what we’re talking about.

If you’re looking for a feel-good story on the 5-foot-8-inch defensive back, head to The Jets Blog where they discuss his journey to the NFL. It is expected that Trufant is still going to have to compete for a roster spot with the Browns. He is, by all accounts, a great kid, but if his role is anything outside of special teams, it will speak volumes regarding the state of the team’s backfield.

  • saggy

    i hope we got him at the dollar store.

  • At 31 years old, I don’t think he’s a kid anymore, Scott.

  • EZ

    Scott showing his age there a bit? 😉

  • Wow

    I keep coming on the site hoping to see a Revis story. A guy can dream!

  • mgbode

    Every team needs special teamers. As long as that is where he stays, then he’ll be on the 53man as a gunner.

  • Pat Leonard

    This seems like a depth/special teams signing… I highly doubt he’s expected to compete for a starting job. He’s a guy with good character who knows Pettine’s defense and can help teach the others. Personally, I have never heard of this Trufant… I’ve heard of the other two. But it’s cool.

  • FearTheRoo

    We couldn’t get Revis….so we aggressively went out and got Isaiah Trufant!!!
    I like that they are doing nothing to improve the offense!

    Are the Super Bowl tickets on sale yet?

  • mgbode

    He’s the Cooper of the family.

  • mgbode

    He’s the Cooper of the family.

  • nj0

    Day one of free agency. Patience.

  • mgbode

    Just to put this on a more recent thread. Here are the guys left I want us to pursue. Listed in priority order.

    FS Chris Clemons – ummm, all the other safeties signed. he is somehow still out there. probably can be had for $4mil/year or so due to age and lack of ability against run. free ranging FS that we need.

    CB Tarrell Brown – could be a nice big upgrade at CB2 and allow Skrine to manhandle the slot WRs. shouldn’t be cost prohibitive either.

    RB Knowshon Moreno – not sure how much money he wants, but RBs are not exactly flying off the board like the other positions. offer him a seemingly fair deal and see if he bites.

    ILB Daryl Smith or A.Jordan or Moats – would still like to get another ILB to pair with Dansby as our current WILB starter is…Carder? Jordan would be the best of these guys, but I cannot find any links to what he wants $$-wise.

    OLB Mike Neal – I still really like this guy and we still need a replacement for Groves.

  • Shush. Both of you.

  • mgbode

    Ah, the indoor version of “Get Off My Lawn”

  • nj0

    Ben Tate is in town. Not too excited about that one.

  • Richard

    I like your thoughts here. I think we need to keep an eye on the offensive side, too. Our G’s are still a concern. WR’s are too. Especially considering Flash Gordon – our only true WR – is one incident away for serious (if not pernament) suspension.

  • Richard

    It’s only day one. There’s plenty of chatter out there about us pursuing Sanders and Edelman. There’s also this thing in May called the draft. I think we have a pick in it.

  • mgbode

    agree on OG, but who is left? Wharton/Colon who are old, injury-prone and might not be better than Greco at this point. Yuck. wish we would have signed Schwartz or Asomoah, but it’s too late now.

    I listed WRs separately on a different thread. we need to get a slot guy in FA (Tate, Sanders, Floyd, or Ginn) and then our WR2 in the draft.

  • mgbode

    “prove it” deal is the wording I keep seeing about him. I’d be okay with that type of deal.