The centerfield position isn't always about speed but more about the player being able to be in the right place at the right time.
I agree that Trufant came up being taught by the Holmgren years to play off receivers rather than the hit inside 5 yards type to throw off the timing of the play. He didn't play that way at WAZZU where he was as good a defender as there was in those years.
And expensive? Twice now he has taken a pay cut to stay a Seahawk. Once a couple of years ago and then last year they cut and then resigned him. A tactic that all the teams use to get past salary cap issues and keep players that can help them. I think you'll find in dollars he is among the least paid on the team.
We have a pretty vocal non Trufant group here but I think he has done a good job through the years playing the way they ask him including switching sides for a couple of years and playing on the right where he had never played before and as I mentioned playing off receivers rather than hit them at the line of scrimmage.
And I doubt he plays beyond this season, maybe another year but I'd wager no more. And if his back is acting up again this could very well be his last season to play the game.
Probably the best pure tackler the Seahawks have now or maybe ever. Normally if Tru gets his hands on you he will bring you down. None of this undercut stuff for him. And that's another thing I like about this team, they don't do that much, but reach out and touch someone rather than undercut.
And yes if not for Trufant's tackle at the 2 yard line Browner never gets to make that great hit to save a TD.