Saturday, April 30, 2011
Seahawks transforming their secondary
By Mike Sando
The Seattle Seahawks have talked about getting taller at cornerback.
They did something about it Saturday.
Fifth-round choice Richard Sherman, from Stanford, stands 6-foot-2. Byron Maxwell, a sixth-round choice from Clemson, stands 6-0. Throw in fifth-round safety Mark LeGree, who picked off 22 passes at Appalachian State, and it's clear Seattle is remaking its secondary.
Free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Walter Thurmond began the transformation as draft choices last year. The team traded 5-9 cornerback Josh Wilson last season. Sleight-of-frame cornerback Kelly Jennings, a first-round choice in 2006, is not signed for 2011 and faces an uncertain future with the team.
I'm also curious whether starter Marcus Trufant, who turned 30 last season and carries a $5.9 million salary in 2011, fits into the longer-range plans as Seattle looks to get younger.
Lockout-related rules prevented teams from trading veteran players during the draft, making it tougher to know where some incumbent players stand.