Negotiations between the Seahawks and corner back Marcus Trufant have hit a wall, reportedly over the fact the team is offering him less money for six year than what 49’ers corner Nate Clements was given over five years. Today’s Tacoma News Tribune is reporting that the Hawks offered Trufant “well below” the $43 mil that Clements will earn in just the first five years he’s in San Fran. Clements overall is due to make $80 mi over 8 seasons.
One thing that remains to be seen is how much the corner who sets the market will make – that being Pats soon to be free agent Asante Samuel. Reports from the Boston Herald over the weekend stated that Samuel was looking to make $100 over 10 years, with $30 up front. Trufant can sit back as the Hawks franchise player and wait and see what Samuel makes and then base his price on that.
Seattle wants to get Trufant locked up long-term so they can free up some of their money tied to that franchise tag ($9.465 million) and be able to go after free agents, their own or someone else’s once the market opens up this weekend. One free agent that Seattle may want to talk to is tight end Alge Crumpler, or possibly guard Alan Faneca of the Steelers.
Nothing can happen though until they figure out the final status on Trufant, a Tacoma native who has been a leader on and off the field for the Hawks in his time there. It looks as if things are going to get dicey as they try to work something out going back to the deal that Clements got.