The Seahawks have already released Red Bryant and Sidney Rice in order to free up money to re-sign guys like Michael Bennett and Golden Tate. Other names rumored to be on the chopping block are tight end Zach Miller and defensive end Chris Clemons.
Clemons makes the most sense for cutting for a number of reasons. At 32 years old he is past his prime physically and his production will likely start to decline. To some extent we can already see that happening.
From 2010 to 2012 Clemons was an absolute beast for the Seahawks defensive line, finishing with at least 11 sacks, four passes defended, and 40 combined tackles each season. He also played all 48 games during that stretch.
Last year his numbers took a bit of a dip. He played in 14 games and had 4.5 sacks and just 24 combined tackles. Part of that of course is due to the arrival of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett who helped pick up the slack, but it’s extremely unlikely that Clemons will return to those peak production numbers now that he’s on the other side of 32.
If Clemons is indeed cut by the Seahawks the team that could use him most is the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, they may already be on the hunt for Clemons:
“For most of last year, Seattle’s Michael Bennett has been linked with the Jaguars and it makes sense because of the similar schemes used by the Seahawks and Jaguars and because Bennett played for defensive line coach Todd Wash when both were in Tampa Bay. But Seattle could be lining up an offer for Bennett and could release veteran Chris Clemons; the Jaguars should consider Clemons if he becomes available.”
The Jags employ a similar defensive scheme to Dan Quinn’s, utilizing lots of cover 3, they just don’t have the benefit of Seattle’s talent to make it work. Adding Clemons would go a long way to beefing up their pass rush, which often ranks at the bottom of the league.