The Seattle Seahawks and Marcus Trufant have agreed to a one-year deal, bringing him back for the 2012 season. Trufant was cut earlier this offseason after struggling with injuries and on-field production the last three years.
After learning of setbacks in Walter Thurmond’s recovery, it appears Trufant will be filling the need for an extra cornerback in passing defenses. Walter Thurmond is expected to begin the season on the PUP list, meaning he will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.
On a personal note, I love this signing. All too often, good sports stories are ruined by the “business” of sports. Marcus Trufant has never played a single down of football with a team outside of Washington. Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, he attended Wilson High School. I have memories of watching him play, then, scoring about seven touchdowns against Peninsula High School in one game. After his high school career Trufant moved on to Washington State University where he started as a freshman and eventually helped the Cougars reach the Rose Bowl. Trufant was then drafted by the Seahawks with the 11th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. This will be his 10th straight year playing in front of the 12th Man.When asked today on Sports Radio KJR if he is planning to finish his career in Seattle, Trufant responded, “That’s the plan. That was always the plan.” I hope the Seahawks and Trufant can make this happen.