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February 23, 2008 12:00 AM

Trufant trade talk

Posted by Jose Romero

Bob Glauber of Newsday wrote this Friday, and I can't say for certain if there is a chance this will happen. Read with interest, and maybe a grain of salt because it would take quite a bit to make the Seahawks part ways with Marcus Trufant after they just franchised him.

Fresh off a Super Bowl victory, the Giants are still looking to make roster upgrades.
There is speculation they're interested in dealing for Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who said Friday he will not return to the team after new general manager Thomas Dimitroff told him the club would consider trade offers for him. Add in another potential target of the Giants: Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant.
According to a league source familiar with the Giants' situation, Trufant is on their radar as a potential acquisition once the trading period begins next Friday. Seattle has designated Trufant as their "franchise" player, meaning Seattle has virtually exclusive negotiating rights with him for the 2008 season. But that does not preclude them from making a trade. He is coming off his best season, with a career-high seven interceptions.
Hall has one year left on his contract with Atlanta, and had initially expressed optimism about staying. But Friday, after hearing that Dimitroff would listen to offers for him, Hall told reporters in Indianapolis that he isn't coming back.

The story goes on from there, but I gave you the part that pertains to the Seahawks.

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Posted by Ken Brown

12:53 AM, Feb 23, 2008

Diangalo to Seattle plus their 1st pick them mayby they can smell Trufant's jock strap....Giants have nothing we need......TE is a headache.

Posted by busdrivermike

3:06 AM, Feb 23, 2008

Another east coast press fishing expedition. Cough up Brandon Jacobs and your first round pick, and then maybe you got a deal. Hey, we might even throw in sean alexander. Then, we could talk to Faneca with Alexander's salary cap money.

Posted by yeahright!

6:40 AM, Feb 23, 2008

Give us Brandon Jacobs, Darcy Johnson, Shaun O HAra, and Osi

Posted by PayClayBennett

7:16 AM, Feb 23, 2008

I don't know what the F Ken was talking about, almost seems as though he was drinking and typing, LOL. Jacobs for Trufant won't happen and it's tougher to get a solid CB than it is a solid RB - Seattle needs the line to open bigger holes and open them more often. Yeahright! has a good deal, but as his name says, that won't happen.

But what's with DeAngelo Hall? The guy is a complete basket case and I would not want that guy anywhere near my lockerroom. Trade him? The Falcons should just cut him - he's nasty cancer.

Posted by Keith C

8:22 AM, Feb 23, 2008

Tru isn't going anywhere.

Posted by BB44

8:51 AM, Feb 23, 2008

It might be a good idea to trade Trufant. He's had one good season and he doesn't even acknowledge the fact that maybe it was due to Jim Mora or Patrick Kerney and Co.

If he was a true team player, he'd be willing to budge just a little on what he's asking so that the team could re-sign not only himself, but Brown and Hackett. It's just another case of a player wanting the most in terms of dollar instead of looking at the big picture (A SB ring and the opportunity to continue playing in front of family). I haven't heard anything out of Trufant that suggests he's willing to at least take less than market value. Sure he had a great season last year, but does he not take into consideration the fact that he was on the verge on being called a "bust" the previous two seasons?

If the Hawks are able to get good value in return, trade the guy and bring in DeAngelo Hall as an option.

Posted by Chuck

8:57 AM, Feb 23, 2008

Sheer nonsense. Tru is a franchise palyer--you just don't trade a franchise player

Posted by Ben

9:03 AM, Feb 23, 2008

I think Seattle is going to try their best to hammer out a long term deal with Trufant. That's the best option as well in my opinion. He's a young guy in his prime who is starting to bloom. Trading him would be a last resort for myself.

Posted by pointless topic

11:05 AM, Feb 23, 2008

So there is trade talk from other teams not the hawks wow that was such a great topic i heard that the hawks want steve smith and and every other great player. Tru is the only first rounder that has paned out in how many years? Please help get us closer to hawk topics not giant or any of the other 31 teams needs or wants

Posted by AZ Hawk

5:32 PM, Feb 23, 2008

I am not one bit concerned about this.

BB44 - don't know where you're coming from but Trufant's not an idiot. What's wrong with market value? Big picture is that he has a window of opportunity to make good money in the NFL and he should maximize it. It's his money, dude.

Posted by Keith C

9:38 PM, Feb 23, 2008

If anyone is doubting trufant watch the games from this season...He shut people down frequently. We didnt see as many deep passes that hurt us in games this year compared to the season prior...Trufant is better, and i can see him staying consistent. If he gets a little more aggresive and bulkier, he will be astrong force. I'd like to mimick the defense of the packers but stay speedy.

I would be in shock if Trufant left Seattle this offseason. Cannot see it happening at all.

Posted by BB44

10:48 PM, Feb 23, 2008

AZ Hawk - I'm not saying the guy shouldn't maximize his earnings, but he should also take into consideration that the organization paid him pretty well the past two seasons even though he was mediocre at best. After one season where he finally played up to his potential, he feels like he should be paid like a superstar? He's not there yet.

Posted by AZ Hawk

5:41 AM, Feb 24, 2008

Well then we'd probably both agree an incentive-laden contract may work. Play like superstar, get paid like a superstar. Unfortunately it seems like agents always want more of a guarantee.

Posted by steelmouse

1:16 PM, Feb 24, 2008

BB44...In a real world your point about TRU remembering he was well paid without performance that specifically deserved the cash he received. That sadlyis NOT how most people see it, nor will he IMHO.

Its all about grabbing what you can when you can while you have the chance thats the name of the free agent game now loyalty period ( very, very rarely anyway). Thats all.

Posted by cdawg88

3:27 PM, Feb 24, 2008

Contract Year! Contract Year!

Remember the last Franchise player we signed to a long term contract?


contract year stats: 1,880 yards, 5.1 AVG, 27 TD's, NFL MVP Award

1st year after new contract: 896 yards, 3.6 AVG, 7 TD's

Trade Trufant now while his market value is high. Let another team over pay the hawks with draft picks and players. The hawks can fill his void with players we already have on the team, Babs or Wilson.

Posted by Seahawcla

4:42 PM, Feb 24, 2008

Trufant has been a good corner his whole career, he had a great year because of positive circumstances. Grant and Russell allowed him to actually play his position, he went to his natural side of the field, Kerney added a pass rush, and Mora working with the secondary.

Even when he did not have these in place, teams clearly went away from him and attacked our other corners. He also is the best (or one of) open field tackler for his position.

Tru is in select company and better then the flashy Hall. Hawks need to keep the tag on him and sign him to a long term deal.

Posted by Bud

9:14 PM, Feb 24, 2008

Trufants performance last year makes him deserving of a big contract! That is how this league works, give him the seven or eight year deal which is back loaded and most the guarenteed money in the first three or four years! It is like Clements contract last year, he is going to get cut in two or three years because his annual salary will be 10million plus in the later years! Sign Trufant to a long term deal, He deserves it!

Posted by Patrick F.

9:48 AM, Feb 25, 2008

That doesn't make any sense. Typical East Coast bias in action there. The same kind of stories were being written about the Blazers earlier in the season. Same kind of unbelievable trade rumors.

Posted by JJ

12:14 PM, Feb 25, 2008

I like Trufant...but he is probably the most overrated player in the NFL. He's had ONE good season...ONE....and he's dominate? Didn't we learn our lesson with Shawn??? Sign Tru to a massive long term deal and see what happens. Trade him while his false value is high. There are many oother cheaper options at corner instead of wasting 60 million on a guy who will do nothing but go down in every stat category.

Posted by Bud

2:58 PM, Feb 25, 2008

If you were to trade Trufant, who would your starting corners be? I seem to remember a few years ago our biggest weakness was in our secondary! Now we have a guy who is in his prime and you want to trade him! What a joke! Almost every player in the NFL gets cut, retires or renegotiates their contract before it ends. Just because it would be worth a lot of money, doesn't mean your going to pay him all that money!

Posted by spitfire

8:21 PM, Feb 25, 2008

Wait a second people..

Look - Shaun can be good player if other players especially offensive line do their job like Hutch. Now without hutch - he looked like he can't do the job..

Now with Trufant - same thing - good defensive linemen and Grant & Russell made Trufant looks good because the duties had been distributed well like "team"

So Trufant will be still good next season if everything remains the same..

Same goes for Offensive linemen - as soon as they're good like '05 then Shaun will explode..

You're biased people - think again - team is what count to make specific player(s) to look outstanding to us.. understood?

Posted by Derwin

1:24 AM, Feb 26, 2008

People listen! The only reason I would keep Trufant is because we don't have great options. But this is a fact:Trufant was a 1st round top 12 pick. He has been with us for 5 years and he had 1 good year. Say it with me, one good year. Plus I believe that Jim Mora was very instrumental in getting this past year out of him. Up until this year he had done absolutely nothing. He was one of the worst guys when it came to playing the ball in the air. So now he had one good year, in a contract year and he wants big money? It would be cool to keep him, but I'm not breaking the bank for this guy. If I can get 2 first round picks, he can go fly a kite! He's not better than Nate Clement and I would take Asanti Samuels in a heart beat. But I'm not over paying this guy. Just because they place the franchise tag on him, doesn't make him a franchise player.

As for Shawn: being that Shawn was doing well, we forget that he is really not the right back for the west coast offense. People forget that because he had success. But now it's really showing up again. Look at the backs through the history that have played in this offense. His receiving numbers have gone down every year. We can't even run screen plays with him out there. You need a more shifty back. He not the kind of back that going to make things happen. I like Shawn and I have his jersey, but in our offense at 30 years old, he's done!

If Mendenhall or Stewart are there at pick 25, the Hawks are taking them. This draft is deep at TE too.

Posted by notagoodsport

8:31 AM, Feb 26, 2008

Franchising Trufant for one season was a great move as now it is time to see it 2007 was his coming of age and he is an elite corner or if it was just an anomaly.

Posted by Big Mike 34

1:03 PM, Feb 26, 2008

A Jerome Harrison highlight Film...

The guy has gained 20 lbs of muscle (Now weighs 210)is even faster then he was in college and has learned to block....He gained 6.3 yards per carry last year with a total of 23 carries....He sits on the Cleveland Bench...a superstar waiting for a chance....

If anyone knows someone in Seahawk management please ask them to take a look at this guy...He is sensational....and a steal if someone would just grab him.

Posted by hawkfanalwayss12

4:45 PM, Feb 26, 2008

SHAUN SHAUN SHAUN SHAUN, not shawn. Give me a break, is it that hard to learn someones name?

Posted by Marcus Trufant

4:49 PM, Feb 26, 2008

hae guys, its me markus. i thinks its wood be a grate ideea 4 u 2 trade me. first, u gets 2 1 roond draft piks. plus u gets all that cap rume! il b alrite, i stil have me edubacashon from wsu. it wood work owet if u guys trades me cuz u gets all the stuf bak. later


Posted by MJ

7:18 PM, Feb 26, 2008

who gives an F about spelling SHAWN'S name right?? He isn't even worth the correct spelling.....SHAWN SUCKS

Posted by joe beck jr

8:12 PM, Feb 26, 2008

dear president tim ruskell, don't do it!!! don't even think about it!!!! marcus trufant stays a seahawk!!!!!

Posted by AZ Hawk

8:47 PM, Feb 26, 2008

Anyone at the Times reading this? This is what... day 3 of this discussion? Shut down the blog if you aren't going to maintain it.

Posted by spitfire

11:37 PM, Feb 26, 2008

Posted by MJ
7:18 PM, Feb 26, 2008
who gives an F about spelling SHAWN'S name right?? He isn't even worth the correct spelling.....SHAWN SUCKS

You're such an idiot - you missed the whole point about football and how teamwork - works!

*slapping your face*

If we fix the problem then Shaun will explode othewise the problem will remain the same and of course Shaun gets the blame regardless the offense linemen

*slapping you again*

Wake up and smell Seattle coffee you dumb ****

Posted by MJ

4:33 PM, Feb 27, 2008

Spit, you're only about 1 out of 10 people in the northwest that thinks Shawn is any good. 30 something--over the hill runner--with no power....yeah, he's great. By your logic, Ricky Watters and Chris Warren would still be effective backs "if only the line did it's job" You're the true idiot. Go get some education you bum

Posted by MJ

5:07 PM, Feb 27, 2008


I am an idiot. I should recognize greatness when I see it. I apologize to Mr. Alexander. I will hope to never show my true ignorance again by misspelling your name, Shaun. I am sorry for being the biggest reject here, please forgive me. I know that I am not smart, and uneducated, but that is no excuse. If I ever continue to misspell a players name, please everyone point it out and make fun of me mercilessly until I cry because I truly am stupid.

Thanks for your time,
MJ (major jackoff)

Posted by MJ

6:16 PM, Feb 27, 2008

Hey's not your fault. Our line isn't doing their job. In fact, we're bringing back Curt Warner, because we know he can get the job done if the line just does theirs.

Yours truly,

The biggest idiot on the Seahawks Blog,

Spits & Swallows

PS. I need to sign off my parents computer now...dinner is ready. Mommy made Mac and Cheese

Posted by Ben

11:42 AM, Feb 28, 2008

Of course the Giants are willing to give up two 2nd round picks to get Trufant. That's basically how much their first rounders are worth, assuming they think they can get back next season.

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