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07:26 AM ET 02.24 | So often, offseason roster decisions are rooted in money -- and title-winning teams aren't immune. The Seattle Seahawks are strongly considering releasing Red Bryant, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, per a source informed of the team's plans. Why are the 'Hawks considering the move with the defensive end? Because of his more than $8 million cap hit, according to Rapoport. Bryant was a fourth-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2008 and had 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks this past season. He played a key part in stopping the San Francisco 49ers' run game in the battle for the NFC championship. But such thinking by Seattle isn't a total surprise. Earlier this month, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver listed Bryant among his possible cap casualties from the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks.

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February 24, 2014  08:21 AM ET

Super Bowls are expensive to keep.

February 24, 2014  08:56 AM ET

Most teams will take the Seahawks scraps.

February 24, 2014  09:29 AM ET

Maybe they can trade the 12th man to Jacksonville. They always seem to need help at that position.

February 24, 2014  09:38 AM ET

The big issue is managing the cap for all teams, the teams that win the Super Bowl is usually the one with most issues, repeating has become a monumental task!

February 24, 2014  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Maybe they can trade the 12th man to Jacksonville. They always seem to need help at that position.

Yeah - and the 11th man, the 10th man, the 9th man...

February 24, 2014  10:03 AM ET

I'd be surprised if Bryant was cut. Reports last week had the Seahawks looking at cutting Sydney Rice, Zach Miller, and Chris Clemons. They could save around $19 million in cap space by cutting those 3 and none of them are players that the Hawks couldn't replace. Miller and Rice were both terrible free agent signings and Seattle wouldn't miss them at all. Clemons has been in double digits in sacks 3 of the last 4 years but dropped off to just 4.5 this year. Too expensive to keep a 33 year old DE when there are other positions to address.

Bryant is a big part ......... literally and figuratively ......... of why the Hawks are so tough to run against up the middle. That forces more runs to the edge and Seattle has the speed to close that off. They might save $5.5 million in cap space but I think that would be a huge blow to their defense. BUT like Glenlivet said ........ Super Bowls are expensive to keep.

February 24, 2014  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I'd be surprised if Bryant was cut. Reports last week had the Seahawks looking at cutting Sydney Rice, Zach Miller, and Chris Clemons. They could save around $19 million in cap space by cutting those 3 and none of them are players that the Hawks couldn't replace. Miller and Rice were both terrible free agent signings and Seattle wouldn't miss them at all. Clemons has been in double digits in sacks 3 of the last 4 years but dropped off to just 4.5 this year. Too expensive to keep a 33 year old DE when there are other positions to address. Bryant is a big part ......... literally and figuratively ......... of why the Hawks are so tough to run against up the middle. That forces more runs to the edge and Seattle has the speed to close that off. They might save $5.5 million in cap space but I think that would be a huge blow to their defense. BUT like Glenlivet said ........ Super Bowls are expensive to keep.

And with Bryant 27 mil. They have to get Bennett Thomas and Sherman signed long term plus resign a couple of the released players (Bryant and Clemons IMO)

February 24, 2014  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Maybe they can trade the 12th man to Jacksonville. They always seem to need help at that position.

Leave Seattle for Jacksonville?? The 12th man will sit out a season before doing that. And Goodell can't make us go! So there.

February 24, 2014  11:28 AM ET
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Bryant is a big part ......... literally and figuratively ......... of why the Hawks are so tough to run against up the middle.

Darn right. Big Red is also a great motivator for the Hawks. All about the $ and the cap, definately not a scrap!

February 24, 2014  11:36 AM ET
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Leave Seattle for Jacksonville?? The 12th man will sit out a season before doing that. And Goodell can't make us go! So there.

Protracted fan hold out. So THAT's why there's always so many empty seats at Jaguar games

February 24, 2014  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Most teams will take the Seahawks scraps.

Not Bryant with an $8M cap hit...

February 24, 2014  02:13 PM ET

The tory isn't entirely correct. The real reason they are considering releasing him is because he reuses t participate in the required Seattle Adderall diet program.....

 
February 24, 2014  03:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The tory isn't entirely correct. The real reason they are considering releasing him is because he reuses t participate in the required Seattle Adderall diet program.....

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Seadderall Seahawks!

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