Seahawks, Trufant Agree to Terms

Posted Mar 26, 2008

As first reported by Mike Florio of, it appears that the Seahawks and cornerback Marcus Trufant have come to terms on a multi-year deal.

The Seahawks had placed the franchise tag on Trufant, who went to his first Pro Bowl after the 2007 season, and were on the hook for a $9.465 million salary cap hit this year.

The holdup was that team president Tim Ruskell did not profess to believe that the Washington State grad, Seattle's first-round draft pick in 2003, was worth elite cornerback money. And his efforts in 2007 were aided by more consistent pass rush and better safety help.

This would indicate that the team was offering less than the six-year, $57.14 million deal given to Asante Samuel by the Eagles, or the seven-year, $66.28 million deal given to DeAngelo Hall by the Oakland Raiders after the Raiders traded two draft picks for Hall.

Florio's report indicates that Trufant's deal is worth $50.2 million over six years, with $20 million in guaranteed money and $28 million over the first three years. A $3 million roster bonus in 2010 is included.

Trufant had the best season of his five-year career in 2007, bringing in seven interceptions for 150 return yards and a touchdown. He's long been known as one of the league's best-tackling cornerbacks. He's amassed 17 interceptions and 396 tackles during his time with the Seahawks.

Stay tuned for further confirmation and more details as they become available.

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