Seattle Seahawks rumors indicate the release of Red Bryant could come soon. These Seahawks rumors state Bryant could be cut in an effort to get further under the salary cap for the 2014 NFL season. According to a report from NFL.com on Monday (Feb. 24), the defensive lineman had an $8.5 million salary-cap hit during the last season. That was the sixth highest on the team and a possible way for the team to save money this offseason.
If the team did indeed end up cutting him, it would free up $5.5 million to help sign free agents. Combining these savings with the money from cutting Sidney Rice and the team could likely afford to bring back defensive end Michael Bennett and wide receiver Golden Tate. Both players are free agents and could be in line for a nice pay raise after helping the team win the Super Bowl. It will also put the team in a better situation to afford the looming contract extensions for Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, and Richard Sherman.
It is clear by these latest Seattle Seahawks rumors that he team is in a really tough position this offseason. Red Bryant was a key player to stopping the running game of the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos in the postseason, but he just wasn't on the field enough to justify that huge salary. It is very likely that he will be pursued by several other franchises if he does end up getting a release, especially because he could increase that playing time in the right situation.
It's important to note that the team hasn't made a final decision on this personnel move and that they are just "strongly considering it" at this moment. Still, fans shouldn't be surprised if he is suddenly cut as the 2014 NFL Draft draws near.