The Seattle Seahawks officially announced on Wednesday that they released long-time cornerback Marcus Trufant, which was a move many were expecting the team to make. Trufant played nine seasons with the Seahawks after he was drafted in the first round of the 2003 draft. He has made 610 tackles, 100 passes defensed and 21 interceptions in his career so far.
One of the major reasons for the team's decision to release Trufant is the fact that he was due a fairly decent chunk of change in 2012 and because of the emergence of other starting cornerbacks on the team.
From the Everett Herald's John Boyle:
#Seahawks see Browner/Sherman duo as the futureTrufant's release no surprise considering he was scheduled to make $7.2 million in 2012, and
Trufant only played in four games in 2011 before he went on IR due to a back injury. According to Brian McIntyre of Mac's Football Blog, this move will free up quite a bit of room for the Seahawks in regards to their cap space.
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.