The offseason has officially begun for the Super Bowl champs – and it could come with the release of one of their big defensive lineman.
NFL.com and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Hawks are considering releasing Red Bryant.
The big reason why of course is money, as Bryant this season is set to make $8.5 million – the sixth highest salary on the team.
If the team does release Bryant, they will save $5.5 million in cap space.
With Bryant and the expected release of WR Sidney Rice, the team could go after and re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett and receiver Golden Tate.
Bryant was a fourth-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2008 and had 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season.
The team needs to also think ahead to signing younger players, and that money they would save could also go a long way in starting that process.