Seahawks will release Marcus Trufant

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The Seahawks will say goodbye to the longest tenured member of the team.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times reports that cornerback Marcus Trufant met with the team on Wednesday and that his release will be announced later in the day. Trufant has been a starter since the team selected him out of Washington State with the 11th overall pick of the 2003 Draft and made the Pro Bowl after the 2007 season. Trufant only played four games for the team in 2011 because of a back injury and the emergence of Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman helped make him expendable.

Their emergence made Trufant’s $7.2 million salary for the 2012 season an extravagance for Seattle. While it is tempting to link Trufant’s departure with a desire to clear cap space for a quarterback who became available at a press conference in Indianapolis, this move likely would have happened regardless of Peyton Manning’s availability.

O’Neil reports that Trufant plans to continue playing and, as long as he’s healthy, he’ll likely find teams interested in his services. He’s definitely on the back end of his career, but he’s been a solid corner for a long time and those are always in demand around the NFL.

24 responses to “Seahawks will release Marcus Trufant

  1. Maybe a team like New England can get him. They have made plenty of signings like this in the past. Trufant can still play and contribute to a team. I’m sure they can get some production out of him.

  2. Seems like a fit in New England. Belichick has a history of taking DBs in the later parts of their careers. Rodney Harrison, Tyrone Poole, Duane Starks, Chad Scott, Shawn Springs, and Leigh Bodden have all found themselves in New England at the end of their careers. Trufant could be the next one to make that route.

  3. Detroit. A nice vet to go with the really young and inconsistent CB’s they got there….that is, if they can afford him.

  4. One of my favorite hawks. Very reliable player over the last decade. One of the final players remaining from the Holmgren era. Deffinetly could see a team like the Patriots taking a look at this guy. Hate to see him leave but love the emergance of Browner, Sherman and Thurmond . Now lets convert Mike Williams to tackle and sign Reggie Wayne !!!!! Hahaha

  5. I see him going to the 49ers. It worked for Carlos Rogers.

    If not there, I can see a team like the Lions offering him a 2-year, $7M deal, which would be hard for him to turn down.

  6. Tru has been a very good player, injuries have slowed him the last few years though. Then the emergence of the DB’s made him expendable. I actually hope he goes and kicks some tires and realizes he can come back as a back up and retire a Hawk. Nice when a classy guy retires playing his whole career on one team.

  7. Thank you so much for your time with Seattle. You were one of the leaders of the defense during the most successful period in team history.

    That said, age has started to catch up. The defense actually improved when Browner and Sherman took over. Trufant will make a nice pickup for a team desperate for a starter or who needs a solid nickel back, but his days as a shutdown corner were over a couple of seasons ago.

    Good luck to you wherever you land….unless it’s San Francisco.

  8. He’ll have to settle for less money. I doubt any team will fork out $7,2 mil for a cornerback.

  9. Welcome to the Bay Area Mr Trufant. This is exactly the kind of player that Baalke likes to sign and we’ll need depth or maybe even a starter at CB next year.

    Plus picking a division rival ex-player’s brain about their defense doesn’t suck either.

  10. @4evrnyt, Seahawk fans everywhere hope he ends up in SF! We love the guy, he was once a great player but age and injuries have turned him into a sub par corner.

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