Trufant going to retire a Seahawk

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comApril 24, 2014 

The contract will be short but cherished.

Tacoma’s Marcus Trufant signed a one-day contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday so he could retire as a Seahawk at an 11 a.m. news conference Thursday at team headquarters in Renton.

The Seahawks selected Trufant 11th overall out of Washington State in 2003. He played cornerback for the organization until 2012 and went to the Pro Bowl in 2007.

It was that season in which Trufant, who was a three-sport star at Wilson High School in Tacoma, solidified his standing as one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks. His career-high seven interceptions in ’07 — one of which he returned for a touchdown — tied for third-most in the NFL.

Trufant parted with Seattle after primarily playing as the nickel back in 2012. Trufant went to Jacksonville, where he was reunited with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, for training camp last season. Trufant was released Aug. 30.

His pro success followed a strong career at WSU. He was named to the Pac-10 Conference all-freshman team in 1999 and was a second-team All-American as a senior in 2002.

WILSON FILES FOR DIVORCE

The Seahawks issued a statement Wednesday that quarterback Russell Wilson has filed for divorce from his wife, Ashton.

“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce,” Wilson said in the statement. “Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time.”

Wilson married his wife in January 2012. The two started dating in college.

EXECUTIVE LEAVING HAWKS

Senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan is leaving the Seahawks for personal reasons, CBS Sports reported. He was considered the top aide to general manager John Schneider.

PRIME OPENERS

The Seahawks’ game against Green Bay on Sept. 4, which kicks off the NFL’s regular season, is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. There’s also a Sunday night matchup of AFC champion Denver and Peyton Manning hosting his former team, Indianapolis; and a Monday night doubleheader (New York Giants at Detroit; San Diego at Arizona).

The NFL will play three games in London: Dolphins-Raiders on Sept. 28; Lions-Falcons on Oct. 26; and Cowboys-Jaguars on Nov. 9.

EXTRA POINTS

A judge in Phoenix sentenced Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington, 27, to a year of supervised probation for a May 1 assault of a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter. … The Bills reached a settlement with fans who say the team exceeded the promised limit of alerts in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The Bills agreed to issue team store debit cards worth $58 to $75 each — a total $2.5 million worth of cards — and will pay $562,000 in legal fees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. todd.dybas@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @Todd_Dybas

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