The Seahawks have released safety Brian Russell, league sources told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. That cleared the way for the Seahawks to sign veteran safety Lawyer Milloy to a one-year deal today, sources with knowledge of the situation told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche.
Milloy finally gets to play for his hometown team — something he has desired for years — and is reunited with coach Jim Mora, who brought the safety to Atlanta in 2006.
The 13-year veteran, a defensive leader during his time in New England and Atlanta, wasn’t re-signed by the Falcons after last season. He turned down an offer from the Lions earlier this week.
Russell, a seven-year veteran, had started 32 consecutive games for the Seahawks since joining the team in 2007. Over that span, he tallied 140 tackles, two sacks and one interception.
Russell also has spent time with the Vikings (2002-04) and Browns (2005-06).
The Seahawks also placed CB Marcus Trufant on the physically unable to perform list, which means he’s not eligible to play in the first six games of the season. The soonest he could return is Nov. 1 at Dallas.