The Seattle Seahawks announced that they have released veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant.
Danny O'Neil of The Seattle Times was the first to report that Trufant will be released.
A Tacoma, Washington native who played his college ball at Washington State University, Trufant was selected with the 11th overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. Over the last nine seasons, Trufant has 610 tackles, two sacks and 21 interceptions with 100 passes defensed, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors following the 2007 season.
Trufant, 31, signed a six-year, $50.2 million contract following the 2007 season, but has missed considerable time with back injuries in two of the last three seasons. Trufant, who reduced his 2011 salary last August, started just four games before landing on injured reserve in October. The Seahawks have his longtime replacement in 2011 fifth-round pick Richard Sherman, who started the final 10 games of the season opposite 2011 Pro Bowler Brandon Browner and intercepted four passes with 17 passes defensed.
By releasing Trufant, the Seahawks free up $7.3 million in cash ($7.2 million base salary plus a $100,000 workout bonus) and clear $4.4666 million in room under the salary cap.