ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning that Tatupu, a three-time All-Pro, has asked to be released, and that Seattle will reluctantly comply.
Tatupu, a six-year veteran middle linebacker, made the Pro Bowl his first three seasons and was an All-Pro in 2007. His last three seasons have not been as productive, however.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer largely blames injuries, pointing out that Tatupu played through a broken thumb in 2008, missed 11 games in 2009 with a torn pectoral muscle and often skipped practice last season to rest his knees, both of which were operated on during the offseason.
Per the Post-Intelligencer, Tatupu was slated to make $4.35 million this season.
For me, Tatupu sounds like a big name and a big talent ... but also a big health risk.