CHICAGO - OCTOBER 17: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears is tackled and grabbed by the face mask by Marcus Trufant #23 of the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on October 17 2010 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Seahawks have signed free-agent cornerback Marcus Trufant to a one-year deal, as announced by the team's twitter account today. The signing, while on one hand exciting, because we all love Marcus Trufant, is also disconcerting because, as Danny O'Neil is hearing, shows the team is not confident that Walter Thurmond will be back and ready for the season, and may in fact even begin it on the PUP list.
When paired with the recent re-signing of Roy Lewis, it also implies that the team's cornerback depth might not be as good in the eyes of this front office as I'd originally been thinking. The Bryon Maxwells, Ron Parkers, Phillip Adams', Coye Francies' of the roster will face legitimate competition from the vets as the roster gets whittled down to 53 come August.
The obvious question here relates to how the Seahawks plan to use Trufant. My initial thought is that he provides nice depth at the cornerback position in the case of injuries to the presumptive starters in Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, and also may get a look or two at the nickel corner position, as he's possibly a little more adept in zone schemes and coverages than some of the other players currently on the roster. He's always been a capable tackler and though he's not known for his blitzing skills, it's not something I'd immediately preclude from his repertoire if moved to the inside.
We'll see, but for now, it's nice to have Trufant back, and he again becomes the longest-tenured Seahawk, the only player left from the 2005 Super Bowl team, and now, the oldest player currently on the Seahawks roster.