Marcus Trufant lost his status as the longest tenured member of the Seahawks when they released him last month, but now he can buck for the honor of having the longest non-consecutive tenure with the team.
The Seahawks announced Monday afternoon that they have reached agreement on a contract that returns the cornerback to the only NFL team he has ever known. Trufant was released because he was set to make $7.2 million in 2012, far too much for a player coming off of a back injury when the Seahawks also had Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman at the position. There’s no word on financial terms for this new deal, but it is presumably for a good bit less money.
With Browner and Sherman on the team, Trufant won’t be called on to cover the opposition’s top receivers all that often and that could make him a useful part of the team’s sub packages. A reduced workload should also do good things for his back since he won’t have to take quite as many snaps as he was used to taking as a starter in past seasons.
Bringing Trufant, who drew some interest from the Broncos, back could also enable the team to forego drafting a cornerback to help in the nickel, freeing them up to focus on more pressing needs later this month. A pass rusher would be on the top of that list and adding a good one will make the Seahawks secondary look even better come the fall.