The newest Seattle Seahawk is also the team's longest-tenured one.
And the oldest one.
Marcus Trufant, released in a salary-related move earlier this offseason, is returning on a one-year contract, the team announced. The move should be popular with fans and a relief to Trufant, who grew up in nearby Tacoma, spent nine seasons with the team and wasn't looking to relocate.
Whether the move pays off from a football standpoint hinges on whether Trufant, 31, can bounce back from an injury-shortened 2011 season. He started all 16 games in 2010, then missed the final 11 last season.
The Seahawks found new life at cornerback last season when Brandon Browner and rookie Richard Sherman manned the position. Both were new to the Seahawks. Both have the size coach Pete Carroll covets in his cornerbacks. Browner went to the Pro Bowl thanks to a physical style that wore down opposing receivers and helped make him the most penalized player in the NFL.
Trufant, a first-round draft choice in 2003 and Pro Bowl selection in 2007, is a more traditional style of cornerback. With Sherman and Browner projected to start in 2012, Trufant could conceivably project in a nickel role. Much will depend on his health and how well younger players compete in camp.
Also: Walter Thurmond's injury status could help explain why the Seahawks re-signed Trufant after re-signing Roy Lewis, Danny O'Neil notes.
Thurmond had significant injury concerns relating to a knee coming out of college. He has missed 12 of 32 games to start his career and could miss another six if he opens the 2012 season on the physically unable to perform list, as O'Neil indicated the case could be.
In 2010, Thurmond missed one game to a concussion and another to a hamstring injury. He missed the final 10 games last season after suffering a broken fibula.
The Seahawks' corner situation could change again during the draft later this month.