Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 10:
Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at the big story from yesterday – Marcus Trufant agreeing to terms with the Seahawks – and the most obvious upside: “Trufant, released in a salary-related move earlier this offseason, is returning on a one-year contract, the team announced. The move should be popular with fans and a relief to Trufant, who grew up in nearby Tacoma, spent nine seasons with the team and wasn’t looking to relocate.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times says Trufant’s return could be insurance against Walter Thurmond not being ready for the start of the season: “Cornerback Walter Thurmond appears to have suffered a setback in his recovery from a broken leg sustained in the sixth game of last season. It seems unlikely he will be ready for training camp and probably will start out on the physically unable to perform list. … Thurmond began last season as the team’s fifth defensive back, leaving Seattle with an opening at that spot. That’s where Trufant figures to come in, as well as possibly Roy Lewis, who was re-signed last week.” O’Neil also has a poll on Trufant’s return, and 82 percent are glad to have him back with the team.
Eric Williams at the News Tribune also offers his take on Trufant’s return: “Trufant’s role in Seattle remained a question mark, with Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner emerging as Seattle’s starting cornerbacks last season. Browner made the Pro Bowl in his first season as a starter, and Sherman finished with four interceptions and 55 tackles in 10 starts as a rookie.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald says Trufant’s flirtation with free agency was a short one: “At the time of his release, general manager John Schneider said in a statement that the team was releasing Trufant to allow him to explore free agency. He made a visit to Denver, but it in the end the Tacoma native and former Washington State standout decided to return to the only NFL team he has known since coming to Seattle as first-round pick in 2003.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look back at the way GM John Schneider announced the release of the veteran cornerback, planting the seed that Trufant indeed could return: “In announcing that veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant was being released on March 7, Seahawks general manager John Schneider selected his words very carefully. There wasn’t the usual ‘we wish him well with his new team’ caveat, or even the obligatory ‘we want to thank (fill in the blank) for his contributions to the franchise on and off the field,’ that traditionally are attached to such transactions with players of Trufant’s status. Because deep down, Schneider was hoping that the former first-round draft choice would be able to continue his career with his hometown NFL team. Hope became reality Monday, when Trufant agreed to terms on a one-year contract.”
Brady Henderson at mynorthwest.com (710 ESPN) also looks at Trufant’s recent injury issues: “Injuries have led to a decline in Trufant’s play since he signed a $50.2 million contract with the Seahawks after a Pro Bowl season in 2007. He began last season as a starter but was placed on injured reserve after four games with a back injury similar to the one that caused him to miss six games in 2009. While he played in all 16 games in 2010, he suffered a pair of concussions that season, including one that knocked him out of the Seahawks’ playoff loss to Chicago.”
Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. looks at the draft needs of the four teams in the NFC West. It’s an Insider feature, so requires registration and a fee. But here’s part of what he has to say about the Seahawks: “The Seahawks are an improving football team with a clear identity of what they want to be on both sides of the ball. On offense they clearly have a run-first mentality, and signing (Marshawn) Lynch to a long-term contract without giving him the franchise tag was a big move. On defense they did the same thing with their best player, (Red) Bryant. (Matt) Flynn (Green Bay), (Jason) Jones (Tennessee) and OT Frank Omiyale (Chicago) are players who fill needs, but at the right price. The Seahawks have lost some players, but they are really headed in the right direction.”
The guys at NFL.com are doing draft re-dos this week. First up 2007, as re-done by Elliott Harrison. The Seahawks’ first-round pick? They didn’t have one, because they traded it to the Patriots for Deion Branch.
Also at NFL.com, Jason La Canfora continues to track the free-agent activity.