Seahawks put the franchise tag on cornerback Trufant

Updated: February 21, 2008, 7:45 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Seattle Seahawks placed the franchise tag on cornerback Marcus Trufant Wednesday, according to his agent Mike Sullivan.

Sullivan, who was flying Wednesday to the Indianapolis Combine, said he received the paperwork for the designation Wednesday afternoon.

The Franchised Few

List of NFL players to receive franchise tags (not included are Steelers T Max Starks, who received a transition tag, and Colts TE Dallas Clark, who was franchised but later signed a six-year contract):

  Position Team
Jared Allen DE Chiefs
Stacy Andrews G Bengals
Nnamdi Asomugha CB Raiders
Karlos Dansby LB Cardinals
Jordan Gross T Panthers
Ken Hamlin S Cowboys
Albert Haynesworth DT Titans
L.J. Smith TE Eagles
Terrell Suggs LB Ravens
Marcus Trufant CB Seahawks
Corey Williams DT Packers

The one-year tender for a cornerback receiving the franchise tag is $9.465 million, currently the average of the top five salaries for cornerbacks in the league. For another team to sign him, they would have to reach agreement on an offer sheet. The Seahawks would have seven days to decide if they wanted to match the offer. If they didn't match the offer, the signing team would have to give the Seahawks two first-round draft choices.

Seahawks president and general manager Tim Ruskell expects Trufant will sign the tender -- or will eventually sign a multiyear deal to stay with the hometown team that drafted the native of Tacoma, Wash., 11th overall in 2003 out of Washington State.

"We are excited that Marcus will remain a Seahawk," Ruskell said. "We will continue to talk with his representative in hopes of securing a long-term deal, which is our goal."

Trufant is coming off his best NFL season, with eight interceptions and his first Pro Bowl appearance. The day after the Seahawks lost in the NFC divisional playoffs at Green Bay Jan. 12, Trufant sounded as if he would like to negotiate with other teams. He said he was "a little curious" to test the free-agent market for the first time.

"I know the organization loves me," Trufant said then. "But that only goes so far. There's always a business side of it. We may want things to be done exactly how we want them to be done, but it can't always be that way.

"I really don't have control over a lot of things ... so I just got to wait around and see what happens."

Trufant and Raiders Nnamdi Asomugha are the two cornerbacks who received franchise tags. Both were tagged on Wednesday.

With Trufant and Asomugha franchised, Asante Samuel of the Patriots and Drayton Florence of the Chargers will be the top cornerbacks to hit the free agent market.

ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton and the Associated Press contributed to this report

John Clayton

NFL senior writer