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.