Seattle Seahawks Free Agency: Is Marcus Trufant's Return a Good Thing?

Thomas HolmesCorrespondent IIIApril 10, 2012

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 19: Cornerback Marcus Trufant #23 of the Seattle Seahawks during warmups against  the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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After reviewing the Seattle Seahawks' moves in free agency thus far last week, I figured it might be worthwhile to provide a quick update and weigh in on the return of Marcus Trufant

After releasing Trufant only a few weeks ago, it seems he will be returning to the team now with a one-year deal, according to Danny O'Neil at the Seattle Times.

At first glance this deal would appear to make a lot of sense for the 'Hawks in getting veteran leadership and depth in the team's young up-and-coming secondary. It also potentially saves the 'Hawks another draft pick that one could argue is needed to draft another corner to back up Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner while Walter Thurmond III recovers from his injury from last season. 

For now it looks like a closed case and a potential steal if he returns to prime form, but in some ways it's an odd move. 

Head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider rarely backtrack.  Bringing back Trufant on reasonable terms is a smart gamble, yet for a team always looking to get younger and flush out the past it's a bit confusing.

It will be interesting to see in what capacity/role Trufant will fill. Will he be willing to accept a role as a reserve at this point in his career, or has he been told the starting job is up for grabs? Do the 'Hawks run the risk of ruining any potential budding chemistry with having Trufant return to the fold?

Deep down I think Trufant will be a good citizen and fill his role admirably, but he will also come to training camp looking to prove himself once more and perhaps push for a starting spot. 

Either way, it will be interesting.