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Morning links: Trufant visiting Jacksonville

Post by Eric Williams on May 7, 2013 at 7:31 am with 18 Comments »
May 7, 2013 7:44 am
In this Aug. 2, 2010, photo, Seattle Seahawks' Marcus Trufant takes part in the NFL football team's practice in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this Aug. 2, 2010, photo, Seattle Seahawks’ Marcus Trufant takes part in the NFL football team’s practice in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

John Oehser of is reporting that Seattle Seahawks free agent defensive back Marcus Trufant flew into Jacksonville on Monday and is meeting with the team today.

The door likely closed on the 10-year veteran’s return to Seattle when the team signed Antoine Winfield in free agency to play nickel defensive back. But Trufant, 32, always maintained that he still wanted to play at least another season.

In Jacksonville, Trufant would reunite with former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, now the head man for the Jaguars, giving his team a veteran presence and a mentor in the defensive back room to teach young players his defensive system.

Also, Jacksonville was one of three teams young brother Desmond Trufant visited during pre-draft visits.

Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that former Seattle kicker John Kasay will retire as a Carolina Panther today, signing a one-day deal.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that ex-Seahawk Aaron Curry is expected to visit the Giants on Thursday.

Evan Silva of ranks Seattle No. 1 in his post-draft NFL Power rankings. Silva on Seattle’s offense: “The Seahawks return every starter from an offense that ranked third in the NFL in rushing and got better by the week in the passing game with then-rookie Wilson at the controls. Across the final 13 contests, Wilson went 212-of-330 (64.2 percent) passing for 2,875 yards (8.71 YPA), 24 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He added five rushing scores. Harvin is football’s most dynamic inside-the-numbers receiver. In three-wide packages, Harvin will man the slot with Tate at X receiver and Rice at Z. Coached up by offensive line mastermind Tom Cable, the Seahawks’ front five lacks flash but is a meat-and-potatoes group. The Seahawks also boast excellent offensive skill-player depth with Robert Turbin and rookie Christine Michael behind Lynch. Doug Baldwin would be a strong third receiver on many NFL teams. He’s Seattle’s No. 4.”

Dan Hanzus of says we are in a golden age of running back talent in ranking this year’s runners. Marshawn Lynch ranks No. 2 behind Adrian Peterson.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that receiver Golden Tate’s future with the Seahawks is uncertain as he heads into a contract year.

ESPN’s Mike Sando explains that Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner actually will be an unrestricted free agent in 2014 because he has been credited for an injury shortened season with Denver in 2008, giving him four accrued seasons after this year. Browner was expected to be a restricted free agent after the 2013 season.

Clare Farnsworth of sets the table for this weekend’s rookie minicamp, taking a closer look at undrafted rookie free agent who have made an impact on the team over the years.

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post ranks his top 25 fantasy players for the upcoming season. Marshawn Lynch is No. 3, and Percy Harvin is No. 25. He left Russell Wilson off, but he should be on this list.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports asks why standout quarterbacks at USC like Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez struggle at the next level.

Defensive lineman Ayo Idowu of NCAA Division III college the University of St. Thomas, the same school Hawks GM John Schneider attended, will get a tryout at Seattle’s rookie minicamp this weekend. (Hat tip to Sandpoint Hawk)

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Mike Freeman is putting Carson Palmer in the same category as Mark Sanchez, Todd Marinovich, Matt Leinart, et al? Palmer has been, at worst, a capable starter in this league. Sanchez, Leinart, Marinovich, and co. have struggled at best and have been extreme liabilities under center, at worst. There are a whole slew of USC QBs that have tanked; Carson Palmer is not among them. What a terrible take by Freeman.

  2. HawkfaninMT says:

    The UDFA that I am most interested to here about is Alvin Bailey. I actually considered putting him in my mock draft to the Hawks in the 4th…. Stoked that he came in as a UDFA! I suppose if he were to make the team he would be C/G, and replace LJP. I dont think that would be a huge savings in money, but it could set the table for McQ to move along and free up a few Million to extend Browner, Tate, or Earl.

  3. HawkfaninMT says:

    @Duke: That storyline is so played out, and nonsensical to me that I do not even click the link anymore.

    Also EVERY OL from Iowa is great, RBs from Penn St fail, and WRs from LSU are divas or busts

  4. Coach81 says:

    Duke I had the same thought when I read that. Not only has Carson Palmer put up some big years, been a Pro Bowler, etc., he did it in Cincinatti, a franchise that sucked for almost his entire time there.

  5. abqhwkfn says:

    Good luck to Tru.. Hope he is able to continue his career. He was a great hawk. I enjoyed watching him play in Seahawk blue for many years.

  6. I love the “JAG, as in, just another guy” category in the RB column pretty funny

  7. SandpointHawk says:

    Thanks Eric…

  8. MadSweeney42 says:

    He won’t have much of a role wherever he goes and like Tatupu he’ll be one hit away from out-for-season. Maybe not even a hit with the way back injuries play out. I’m not a Seattle local so i don’t know if he’s secretly a turd but to all outward appearances he is, imo, the athlete’s dream. Getting to play essentially his entire career with his hometown team and funnel his charitable and community work back into the community that produced him is a rare and fantastic thing. I hope he warrants a one day deal when it’s time to retire (and I hope it’s by choice, not injury).

  9. jawpeace says:

    I feel for Tru as he is a true blue Hawk. I understand why he wants to play one more year for the Hawks, it is obvious this team is loaded and a legit super bowl contender. I can also see why the team is moving away from him. Anyways if we do win the super bowl it would be nice if they got him some kind of ring for all the years he gave the Hawks, fans, and community.

  10. boucherm says:

    Tru just signed, per PFT.
    One of my all time favorite Hawks.

  11. doubledink says:

    I had to reread that twice to figure out if you were calling Tru a turd. lol.

  12. blueshq says:

    How did Farnsworth leave Kitna off that list?

  13. boucherm says:

    You can’t put Kitna over Krieg, especially if you’re just counting quality as a Seahawk.

  14. blueshq says:

    Pos. Player (years)
    WR – Paul Johns (1981-84)
    OT – James Atkins (1994-97)
    OG – Matt Joyce (1995)
    C – Lemuel Jeanpierre (2010-present)
    OG – Warren Wheat (1989-91)
    OT – Grant Williams (1996-99)
    TE – Mike Tice (1981-89, 90-91)
    WR – Doug Baldwin (2010-present)
    QB – Dave Krieg (1980-91)
    RB – Derek Loville (1990-91)
    FB – Mack Strong (1994-2007)

    Not over Krieg but isn’t this list intended to be every offensive undrafted rookie free agent? I think it’s just an accidental unfortunate oversight.

  15. boucherm says:

    Looks like a starting 11 to me.

  16. blueshq says:

    That’s a good point!

  17. blueshq says:

    LOL, you’re probably right. That would explain it.

  18. bbnate420 says:

    Yes, lumping Palmer with the rest of those busts is just stupid and lazy.

    Sucks hearing that BB will be a UFA after 2013. Get ready to watch his last year here.

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