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Hawks release Marcus Trufant

Post by Eric Williams on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm with 25 Comments »
March 7, 2012 12:42 pm
Marcus Trufant

The Seattle Seahawks are expected to officially announce the release of cornerback Marcus Trufant this afternoon

The 31-year-old Tacoma native was placed on the season-ending injured reserve with a bruised sacrum after four games last season, and has fought back issues since 2009.

Trufant was due to make $7.2 million in base salary in 2012, along with a $100,000 workout bonus. The Seahawks will save $4.46 in salary cap space toward the 2012 league year by releasing him now, according to cap specialist Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders.

And with Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman both playing well in their first year starting at cornerback for Seattle, the Seahawks had less motivation in bringing the Wilson High product back.

Trufant had two years left on his deal. The Seahawks also asked Trufant to restructure his contract at the beginning of the 2011 season.

Trufant took a pay cut from $5.9 million to $3 million in base salary in the 2011 season, although he could have earned most of the money back in incentives.

Drafted No. 11 overall by Seattle in the 2003 draft, the Washington State University product played in 124 career games for Seattle, with 21 career interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. Trufant made his first and only Pro Bowl in 2007.

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Love him, but not surprised..

  2. SkinnyChef says:

    Always hate to see a hometown hero leave. But there still is hope for a future Trufant on the team. Hats off to you Marcus, wish you the best.

  3. I think we saw this coming and there’s no guarantees that he won’t be back either (if he’s healthy), obviously in a reduced role and rate.

  4. A little bit sad to hear this, because Tru was actually playing well last year, in my opinion, but with him being hurt a lot, and the others stepping up big time, I can see why, hopefully Thurmond can stay healthy.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    No, this was no surprise. At least Seatle cut him loose a few days prior to FA, let him get a jump, as it were, to talk to teams before others hit the market.

  6. Who else is getting released that we may have an interest in signing?

  7. RDPoulsbo says:

    It’s too bad, but I’m sure his career isn’t over yet.

  8. chuck_easton says:

    I wish Tru all the best. It is being reported he stilll wants to play.

    As it would appear that his days as a starter in Seattle are at an end perhaps this is a chance for him to start for another team that is in need of a CB.

  9. Palerydr says:

    Always thought he played hard and was a team leader. Good luck Marcus and as others have pointed out maybe he comes back.

  10. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Thanks for some great years, Marcus. Hope to see you back.

  11. piperfeltcher says:

    Hope he draws little intrest and Hawks can resign him at a hometown discount. He is a good player but can not stay healthy but would make a great nickle CB as he is a little bit quicker in his change of direction then the CB’s currently with the Hawks.

  12. This made me a little watery-eyed, almost like when 71 retired.

  13. Brentlyr says:

    Thanks Tru! Keep on keepin’ on!

  14. ryanryan says:

    this speaks a little bit to the health of thurmond i would think.

  15. thewestside says:

    He’s one of the good guys! We’ll miss him.

  16. WTraveler says:

    An outstanding player/person. He’ll be missed. Nothing surprises me about Seahawk management these days.

  17. As I am a huge WSU fan I think Tru was over rated for most of his career. Great person but he could not cover the best receivers and had I think 1 pro bowl year? Good guy and the hawks make a good decision to not bring him back.

  18. If memory serves, Trufant was our last remaining player from the Superbowl XL team.

  19. Hills still on the team till the 13th, right.

  20. NisquallyHawk says:

    Thank you, Tru! You were a damn fine Seahawk, you played the game right and did us proud many a time!

    I raise my glass to you, Tru and cheer you!
    Hear, Hear what goes before you is a Damn Fine Seahawk, regardless of what ever other color of uniforn you may wear in the future Tru to us are and always be a Seahawk in our Hearts!

    I wish you Success, on what ever path you choose!

  21. SkeleTony says:

    Wtraveler, the Hawks’ management is actually doing pretty good right now. Better than we have EVER seen for the Seahawks in fact. Remember how bad and stupid things were with the Holmgren regime? I am a huge hometown fanboy and I liked Trufant but just looking at this objectively, Trufant was never an elite CB. He was at best ‘not bad'(and that was in his BEST games!) and the CBs we have now are much better, younger and opposing teams hate to go against them. We are finally getting to being a feared defense in the NFL.

  22. Dukeshire says:

    “Remember how bad and stupid things were with the Holmgren regime?”

    Yeah, all those division titles and a Super Bowl appearance were really stupid… Look dude, that was a terrible and totally unnecessary shot at the coach who presided over the Seahawks greatest run of success. Just an awful take.

  23. Thanks for representing Wilson High School, Tacoma, WSU, and the Seahawks with nothing but class, Tru. Best wishes, and I hope you get a chance to play a couple more years and hopefully win a ring.

  24. mquinn73 says:

    Trufant still has some miles on the clock. He can still provide a veteran presence to our relatively inexperienced secondary. Hopefully, we can get him resigned at economical terms….

    Does anyone have an updated estimate of the size of our ‘war-chest’ in terms of cap space for the current off-season’s free agency? How much will it take to resign key personnel (specifically Red Bryant, Hawthorne, Carlson & Robinson)?

    I’d love if Allen, Schneider & Carroll really went after Manning (with a heavily incentized contract). It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a truly “great” quarterback. I think that as well as the money, and a young, huungry, improving team, Seattle could provide Manning with an opportunity to add to his legacy (surely it must hurt, just a little bit, to see younger bro’ win 2 rings?!?) by bringing a Super Bowl championship to an unheralded franchise… i.e. proving his greatness beyond all doubt.

    Then go for a pass-rusher in round 1 (remember the old adage “defense wins championships”), with a development QB in round 2 or 3, and a change of pace running back also fairly high on the agenda.

  25. Southendzone says:

    Definitely think Tru has 2-3 solid years left in the league somewhere. He won’t be a #1 corner that puts in 16 games a year but he will be a significant upgrade for someone’s secondary.

    CB’s are always in demand, Tru isn’t going to be playing at the league minimum this year.

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