"Out of respect for Marcus and his family, we've decided to release him today so that he has an opportunity to explore the full window of unrestricted free agency and the options that go along with it," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. "Marcus has done so much for this organization, but because of the changing landscape of the NFL, tough decisions have to be made and this is the correct thing to do at this time."
Drafted 11th overall, Trufant was scheduled to make an $8.8 million base salary in 2013 with an $11.73 million salary-cap figure in the final year of his contract.
A former Washington State standout, Trufant has struggled with back injuries and finished last season on injured reserve after playing four games.
In nine seasons, Trufant recorded 604 tackles to rank 10th all-time in Seattle history, two sacks, 21 interceptions to rank fifth all-time in Seattle history, two touchdowns on interception returns, 113 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
Trufant was voted to the Pro Bowl after the 2007 season, when he registered a career-high seven interceptions.
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