Let the cutting begin.
After winning Super bowl XLVIII in convincing fashion over the Denver Broncos, the attention for the Seattle Seahawks will now shift to salary cap concerns and retaining as much of their championship roster as possible. In order to do that, some cuts will have to be made.
It now appears that the first cap casualty of 2014 will be wide receiver Sidney Rice. Last month I wrote about the Seahawks receivers and their respective salaries. At the time I predicted that Rice may be the first to go:
“He still has two more years left on his contract and they’re not cheap. Keeping a high value contract for a player coming off a major knee injury is problematic to say the least, and it can be extremely tough for players to return to full form after an ACL tear… I sincerely hope that Rice can get back his explosiveness. If he does he’ll be a strong addition to any receiver core, but Seattle’s is crowded and Rice may find himself the odd man out…”
Rice was due some a lot of money over the next couple years and his injuries and production just didn’t justify that kind of commitment, especially with Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate becoming free agents. It now appears that I was correct in that assumption.
Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week that Rice will indeed likely be cut by Seattle:
“The Seahawks are likely to part ways with the high-priced wide receiver in order to create salary-cap space to retain key free agents, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday’s “NFL Total Access,” per a source familiar with the Seahawks‘ thinking. Rice is due $9.7 million in 2014 and his departure would create $7.3 million in cap savings, giving general manager John Schneider wiggle room to secure Golden Tate and Michael Bennett, the team’s biggest free-agent priorities, per Rapoport.”
Cutting Rice frees up some cash but he definitely won’t be the only victim of salary cap constraints. Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are both eligible for extensions and unlike Golden Tate, Michael Bennett has no intentions of taking a pay-cut to stay with the Seahawks.
Zach Miller, Chris Clemons and Red Bryant are all possible targets for cuts this offseason. We’ll have more as it develops.
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