John Oehser of Jaguars.com is reporting that Seattle Seahawks free agent defensive back Marcus Trufant flew into Jacksonville on Monday and is meeting with the team today.
#Jaguars meeting with CB Marcus Trufant today at EverBank Field. Former Seahawks CB flew in last night.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) May 7, 2013
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 Rotoworld.com 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 NFL.com 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 Seahawks.com 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)