Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 4/18/15
Ciao for Now The Super Bowl honeymoon period didn’t last long in Seattle. Alas, the endless realities of the salary cap era NFL are now upon us, and the under-performing and overpaid are all at risk of being cut. Thus far, the only two victims (one overpaid the other under-performing) of this cruel business aspect of management in Seattle are Red Bryant and Sidney Rice. The combined cap savings of these two releases is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 15-plus million, which could wind up being enough to keep Michael Bennett and Golden Tate in tow. But one can only hope the Seahawks have bigger and better plans in free agency than just keeping those two in town. And on the assumption that they do, I’ll look ahead at the three players most likely to get cut in the coming days. Chris Clemons If Clemons is released it will be an incredibly difficult pill to swallow, for many fans. Clemons had a great Super Bowl, but his play during the regular season was more or less forgettable and now has his future with the club in doubt. Is Clemons about to be shown the door? At 32-years old, it is only fair to wonder whether Clemons best years as a pass rusher are behind him. Clemons will be 33 by about week four of next season, and only had 4.5 sacks last year. With Cliff Avril having taken a stronghold on the LEO position on the Seahawks defensive line, is there enough snaps for Clemons to stick around? By cutting Clemons, the Seahawks would save $7.5M against the salary cap next season. I’d say there’s about a 50/50 chance that happens, too. Zach Miller Miller is one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL. This isn’t even up for debate. But the problem with Miller is that he makes the kind of money associated with some of the more prolific names at the position. Miller is due $1.2M in roster bonuses this off-season, but the Seahawks could avoid paying it by cutting him. It seems more likely at this point that the Seahawks ask Miller to take a pay-cut, and assuming he’s an intelligent man, he accepts. But if he doesn’t, he’s about as good as gone. Releasing Miller would save the Seahawks $5M against the cap. James Carpenter While there is some doubt about whether Carpenter will be back with the team next season or not, there’s no such uncertainty with regards to his role if he does come back. The former first-rounder, with oh so much promise, will not be starting for the Seahawks again – barring injury. With the emergence of both Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie, there simply isn’t room for Carpenter on the offensive line. Luckily for Carpenter, he doesn’t carry the most onerous of contracts. His one saving grace. Releasing Carpenter would save the Seahawks nearly $1.5M
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