Renton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have released cornerback Marcus Trufant, the team announced this afternoon.
"Out of respect for Marcus and his family, we've decided to release him today so that he has an opportunity to explore the full window of unrestricted free agency and the options that go along with it," said General Manager John Schneider. "Marcus has done so much for this organization, but because of the changing landscape of the NFL, tough decisions have to be made and this is the correct thing to do at this time."
Trufant was the 11th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by Seattle and became an immediate starter, missing only one start in 124 career games played, returning from a back injury and playing in the nickel defense at Dallas (11/1/09). He also started all nine postseason games in his career.
In his nine seasons, he collected 604 tackles (533 solo) to rank 10th all-time in Seattle history, 2.0 sacks, 21 interceptions to rank fifth all-time in Seattle history, two touchdowns on interception returns, 113 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
Trufant was voted to the Pro Bowl after the 2007 season, when he tallied a career-high seven interceptions (2nd NFC, T3rd NFL), 85 tackles and 16 passes defensed, including tying the franchise-mark with three interceptions in one game (vs. Arizona, 12/9/07) and returning one 84 yards for his first-career score.
In 2004, he became only the fourth cornerback in NFL history to lead their team in tackles when he recorded a career-high 93 (83 solo). He also tied his career-high with 20 passes defensed (2003).
His final season in Seattle was cut short due to a back injury after four games and he was placed on injured reserve on October 17, 2011.