Seahawks sign Trufant so he can retire with them

Staff writerApril 23, 2014 


Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant, right, breaks up a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin during Sunday's NFL football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Nov. 4, 2012. Trufant was flagged for pass interference on the play. Seattle won the game, 30-20.

TONY OVERMAN — Staff photographer file, 2012 Buy Photo

The contract will be short but cherished.

Tacoma’s Marcus Trufant signed a one-day contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday so he could retire as a Seahawk on Thursday morning.

The Seahawks selected Trufant 11th overall out of Washington State in 2003. He played cornerback for the organization until 2012 and went to the Pro Bowl in 2007.

It was that season which Trufant, who was a three-sport star at Wilson High School, solidified his standing as one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks. His career-high seven interceptions that season tied for third-most in the NFL, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He made 85 tackles that season, second to the 96 he made his second season with the team.

Trufant was also durable. He played at least 15 games in seven of his 10 seasons. Only once, in 2011, did he play fewer than 10 when a bruised sacrum forced him to injured reserve.

He parted with the Seahawks after primarily playing as the nickelback 2012. Trufant went to Jacksonville, where he was temporarily reunited with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, for training camp last season. Trufant was released Aug. 30, 2013, ostensibly ending his career.

His pro success followed a strong career at Washington State. He was named to the Pac-10 all-freshman team in 1999 and a second team All-America following his senior season in 2002.

Trufant will be at an 11 a.m. press conference Thursday at Seahawks headquarters to announce his retirement.

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