Here is a link to a story I wrote this morning about Marcus Trufant and his impending free agency, particularly as it relates to San Francisco corner Nate Clements, who last offseason signed an eight-year $80 million contract.
The Seahawks and Trufant seemingly are stuck at a stalemate in negotiations and probably will go into the offseason to determine his value. He is not as good as Clements, but that contract skewed everything. Now, is Trufant worth the $5.5 million a year that Nate Vasher signed for, or closer to the $9 million a year -- his average if you realistically exclude the final three years of his deal -- that Clements signed? Tim Ruskell admits it's a tricky balancing act -- and my guess is that a lot of that answer will be determined during this season.
In any case, as you all know, we can't include all quotes from an interview in a story for the paper. That's the beauty of the blog; here is the complete interview I did with Marcus.
What did you think of Clements' contract? That is always good when you see one of your fellow corners bring the market up like that. But as a defensive back, you still have to go about your business on the field.
Do you remember your thoughts when you heard he signed it? I just thought he drove it up for everybody else. Drove it up for the corners, and money like that is out there but you still have to handle your business on the field.
How do you compare to him? We are two different type of people. Every player is unique in their own way. He does things very well and personally I think I do things very well. Two different types of corners. He has been to a Pro Bowl, he has a couple picks, but I feel I do very well too.
What are the differences? I really haven't broken it down like that. I can't really pinpoint anything. But different type of corners. He is good. I am good.
What kind of message did it send when the coaches put you in one-on-one coverage against Chad Johnson to start the game? That is kind of how it works. To be a top corner I think you have to go against the best. Or have to be able to perform well against the best. If they want the challenge on me, I am up for the challenge every week to go out there and do my best.
How did you think you did? I felt like I did OK, but in sitations like that it is not just one on one. I felt like I did OK and I am trying to get better every week.
What happened on the touchdown pass to Houshmanzadeh where it looked like you got picked? That was just one of those plays where I kind of got locked in. I was supposed to have the deep and we got caught together. I put that one on me.
Are you worth the same amount of money at Clements? I feel like I deserve what I am worth. Clements was a spectacular deal and one of those things where it was right player at the right time. I am just trying to get what I am worth and what the market is worth right now.
What did you think when the team signed Jordan Babineaux to an extension but has not been able to work one out with you? You always hope for things like that, for everything to go perfect and for you to get re-signed with your team. Basically when it comes down to it it is about business. And it is about business at the end of the day.
How do you see your free agency playing out? You really never really know how things are going to play out. You have seen guys leave, you see guys stay. You see guys sign early. You hope for the best but you never really know.
Do you want to come back to Seattle? Will you give them a home-town discount to stay close to home? I am just going to say that you have to let the business side play itself out. If it works out it works out but it is about business at the end of the day.