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Marcus Trufant takes a steep pay cut

Daniel Fells, Marcus Trufant, Leroy Hill, Earl Thomas, Aaron Curry AP

Linebacker Aaron Curry isn’t the only member of the Seahawks who agreed to a reduced contract earlier this month.  Veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant has dropped his pay dramatically for 2011, per a league source.

The source says that Trufant’s base salary for 2011 dropped from $5.9 million to $3 million via a new contract signed on August 20.

Trufant can earn it all back based on his performance this year.  The new deal contains “not likely to be earned” incentives, which pay up to $2.65 million based on Trufant earning a spot on the Pro Bowl team and making a specific number of interceptions.  The other $250,000 can be earned by meeting a specific playing-time threshold.

The rest of Trufant’s contract (base salary of $7.2 million in 2012 and base salary of $8.8 million in 2013, with a $100,000 workout bonus each year) remains unchanged.

Coach Pete Carroll recently dismissed the new Curry contract as having been done “months” ago, even though the deal was signed on August 13.  In Trufant’s case, maybe Carroll will say that it was done only “weeks” ago.

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22 Responses to “Marcus Trufant takes a steep pay cut”
  1. iamgoodkid says: Aug 28, 2011 9:43 PM

    who are the oakland raiders?

  2. steelernationlolzatyouremptytrophycase6 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:52 PM

    Who am I?

  3. bigdan7885 says: Aug 28, 2011 9:53 PM

    Way to bow to your corporate masters Marcus.

  4. duanethomas says: Aug 28, 2011 9:55 PM

    Pete Carroll is an idiot and the Seahawks will finish last in the NFC Worst.

  5. vahawker says: Aug 28, 2011 9:57 PM

    So he has agreed to a one year “put up, or be cut” contract. No way he sees those last two paydays at those prices.

  6. gooselife says: Aug 28, 2011 10:06 PM

    Love trufant but the guy has been declining for the last 2 years…..he’s not worth 5 million a year. Hawks need some CB’s badly.

  7. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 28, 2011 10:29 PM

    “Trufant can earn it all back based on his performance this year.”

    Not happening…..dude gets burnt way too often.

  8. savannahrose44 says: Aug 28, 2011 10:30 PM

    I’m cool with this. We have a lot of up and coming talent on the Seahawks and if Trufant wants to get paid he’s gonna have to perform. Just like everyone else on the team. Someone needed to light a fire under these guys and Pete has done that nicely.

  9. skoobyfl says: Aug 28, 2011 10:32 PM

    This hurts other NFL players that had off years.

  10. ninjapleazee says: Aug 28, 2011 10:36 PM

    it’s just playing with cap numbers… i’m sure its all bonus incentives… Carrol’s known to be a cheater.. I’m sure he’s trying to find a way to cheat the cap

  11. skyleralan says: Aug 28, 2011 10:46 PM

    Come to Oakland.

  12. asarabi says: Aug 28, 2011 10:51 PM

    All the trolls that knock players for holding out should remember this amd similar posts. Where’s the outrage about a contract being a contract?

  13. birdsnooper2 says: Aug 28, 2011 11:34 PM

    When will Carroll give his $$$ back?

  14. granadafan says: Aug 28, 2011 11:57 PM

    What’s with these greedy players not honoring the contract they signed with their employers…. Oh wait.

  15. wiscnsnpatfan says: Aug 29, 2011 12:03 AM

    @iamgoodkid–Good at what? Cuz you sure as hell aren’t good at commenting intelligently ( or even intelligibly ) on NFL football.

  16. theprocessoflosingmymind says: Aug 29, 2011 12:30 AM

    “The rest of Trufant’s contract (base salary of $7.2 million in 2012 and base salary of $8.8 million in 2013, with a $100,000 workout bonus each year) remains unchanged.”

    Thats fancy contact language for, “We plan on drafting your replacement in the 2012 draft. And that we plan on cutting you right before we get to the 53 man limit, unless said rookie gets banged up and we need you (or the really quick beer man in the stands) to fill in just like Lawyer Milloy does now.”

  17. madpunter88 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:20 AM

    @asrabi, you are absolutely correct.

    Teams, sportswriters, and fans are always quick and visceral in their condemnation of players who hold-out for more money, revised contracts, or because they are unhappy playing under certain conditions. You’ll hear disparaging comments such as, “you signed the contract now just play and shut up.” But no one ever criticizes the team for tearing up a contract. They justify it as a business decision. What business signs contracts and then changes them when one party has no other option other than to accept the change? That is illegal in pretty much every other industry in the U.S.

    I think I would be fine with it either way if there was not the double-standard of condemnation. If a player is more talented than his contract indicates — as Chris Johnson clearly is, for example — than he should never be criticized for holding out. Because the moment he has a down year the team will turn around and drop his salary arbitrarily.

  18. chrismatthewsucks says: Aug 29, 2011 4:17 AM

    @birdsnooper2 – why would he take a cut? He won a playoff game his 1st year, brought in Mike Williams, Marshawn, cut the scrubs from the team!

  19. jewseverywhere says: Aug 29, 2011 4:17 AM

    Maybe Curry’s contract was agreed to in principle months ago but it just now consummated on the 13th. I can’t imagine Carroll and co. hesitating on restructuring that horrendous bust’s undeserved contract intentionally.

  20. blackbug99 says: Aug 29, 2011 6:35 AM

    Like him or hate him, I like a guy who is willing to base at least part of his earnings on performance. One more Hayneworthless/Russell story and I’ll be sick!!

  21. vaporiizz3r says: Aug 29, 2011 9:29 AM

    What I dont like is it’s ok for a NFL teams to make there players take a Take it or be Cut contracts to reduce there money for the year is OK…but if a player asks for more money when he has a GOOD year everyone yells, Play Out The Contract! Stop Crying About It And Play!…Why is ok for one and not the other?

  22. pigskinswag says: Aug 29, 2011 11:00 AM

    Knowing how big of a joke being voted to the Pro Bowl is, that money is good as his. I could have made the Pro Bowl last year.

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