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Originally published April 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM | Page modified April 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

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Marcus Trufant re-signs with Seahawks

Cornerback Marcus Trufant, who was released by the Seahawks last month, has re-signed with Seattle, agreeing to a one-year deal with the team.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Marcus Trufant might play cornerback, but a receiver couldn't have run a better comeback route than the one Trufant finished.

One month after being released by the Seahawks, Trufant will re-sign with the team. The team announced Monday that Trufant has agreed to a one-year deal and will return for his 10th season with the Seahawks.

It's almost like he never left, right? Well, not entirely.

Cornerback Walter Thurmond appears to have suffered a setback in his recovery from a broken leg sustained in the sixth game of last season. It seems unlikely he will be ready for training camp and probably will start out on the physically unable to perform list.

That doesn't necessarily affect the Seahawks' base defense. Returning starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman played well in the second half of the season, with Browner making the Pro Bowl. The Seahawks also have Byron Maxwell, a sixth-round draft pick from 2011 who was playing very well last August until an ankle injury slowed his development.

But Thurmond began last season as the team's fifth defensive back, leaving Seattle with an opening at that spot. That's where Trufant figures to come in, as well as possibly Roy Lewis, who was re-signed last week.

The Seahawks indicated the door remained open to Trufant after they released him March 7, a move that was related to his salary. His contract called for him to make $7.2 million in 2012. Seattle was interested in bringing him back, but only at a lower figure.

Trufant instead opted to test the market, which only made sense given the depth in Seattle's secondary.

There were questions about Trufant's back, though. Now 31, he missed the first six games of 2009 because of a disk injury and appeared in just four games last season before he was placed on injured reserve because of a similar condition.

The Denver Broncos were the most aggressive team pursuing Trufant, hosting him on a free-agent visit and making him an offer.

Seattle got him back, though, re-signing the Wilson High School player from Tacoma who has always played for teams in his home state — Washington State, then the Seahawks. Trufant was the No. 11 overall pick by Seattle in the 2003 draft.

He agreed Monday to come back to Seattle, where he isn't the newest Seahawk so much as he remains the longest-tenured player on the team.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @dannyoneil.

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