The following are the players currently under contract who played under Mike Holmgren (who, again, left the team after the 2008 season):
- Ben Obomanu
- Brandon Mebane
- Jon Ryan
For the record, Red Bryant was drafted in Holmgren’s final season, but he isn’t currently under contract. Ditto John Carlson, who I believe will sign elsewhere. Ditto Justin Forsett, ditto he’s as good as gone. Other free agents who once played for Holmgren and are likely gone include: David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill.
When all is said and done and Red Bryant re-signs, there will be a total of 4 players on this team who were on the team back in 2008. That’s because Marcus Trufant was released today.
Trufant has played 9 seasons in the NFL after being drafted 11th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. We passed on such guys as Troy Polamalu, Nnamdi Asomugha, and Charles Tillman, which doesn’t even mention Dallas Clark, who sure could’ve solved our tight end woes in Super Bowl XL. But, that’s neither here nor there. We took Marcus Trufant, and I don’t think that was such a bad thing.
He always got a bad rap for being injured and for not generating turnovers. Neither one of those accusations I find fair or legitimate. Yes, it was unfortunate he was injured for the playoffs in the 2006 season, but I would hardly place all the blame on him for us getting beat by the Bears (safety play was abysmal in that game, a testament to the overtime bomb Grossman threw to get in field goal range). Trufant only really missed significant time in 2009 and 2011, when you could argue his body started breaking down due to wear & tear.
And, as for the turnovers, it’s kinda hard to make much of an impact when quarterbacks rarely make an effort to throw in your direction. He still managed 7 picks in the 2007 season, when he earned his first and only Pro Bowl selection.
Trufant wasn’t the greatest cornerback ever, which might make it seem like a disappointment what with him being an 11th overall draft pick, but going into 9 straight seasons, you knew exactly what you had with Trufant. You could write him in as a starting cornerback and you didn’t have to worry about whether he could hold his own or not. He just balled.
The question now is: Does Marcus Trufant Belong In The Ring Of Honor?
I say yes. He’s without a doubt the best cornerback that’s ever played for the Seahawks. He’s a local product and a fan favorite. And in spite of the fact that he’s being released, he’s still got some gas left in the tank. I think the Seahawks will do the right thing eventually. He’ll just have to wait in line behind guys like Walter Jones, Shaun Alexander, and Matt Hasselbeck.