3 Seahawks Veteran Who Could Be Cap Casualty Cuts This Offseason

Larry Rupp
Veterans on the Seahawks roster who could be cap casualty cuts this offseason, including Carlos Dunlap.
Veterans on the Seahawks roster who could be cap casualty cuts this offseason, including Carlos Dunlap. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks' 2020 season was bittersweet as they made the NFL playoffs for the third consecutive season, but once again had an early exit. They head into the NFL offseason with a number of holes on the team to address and roster decisions to make.

One way the Seahawks can address the cap space situation is by looking at the veterans on the team and what it is costing to keep them on the roster. With that in mind, here are three Seahawks veterans who could be cap casualty cuts this offseason.

1. Jarran Reed, Defensive Tackle

Quinton Jefferson, Jarran Reed
Jarran Reed's cap hit may just be too much for the Seahawks to keep him around. / Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Jarran Reed was a beast in the second half of the 2020 season (7.5 sacks in last 10 games), but it may not be enough to justify his cost next season. The Seahawks would save $8 million in cap space by cutting Reed and could see his inconsistency as a reason to do just that. He seems to rely on outside help in order to get pressure on the quarterback and that is not always a sustainable strategy. Reed is certainly someone the Seahawks can bring back on a lesser deal, but he remains a cut candidate right now given his cap hit.

2. Carlos Dunlap, Defensive End

Carlos Dunlap
Cutting Carlos Dunlap would create a lot of cap space for the Seahawks. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Carlos Dunlap was a 2020 midseason acquisition by the Seahawks and had a massive impact down the stretch with the team. However, he has a cap hit of $14 million next season and that is simply too much money for the Seahawks to take on. That money could be used to address multiple holes on the team rather than just one defensive veteran. He enters next season at 32 years old and has had some recent issues with injuries. Dunlap is a prime candidate for a restructured contract as it makes sense for both sides, but he could be cut by the Seahawks if those talks don't work out.

3. Duane Brown, Offensive Tackle

Duane Brown
Duane Brown could be a cap casualty cut this NFL offseason. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

This one may be a bit surprising, but it's important to note that saying goodbye to Duane Brown would save the Seahawks $11.5 million in cap space. The 36-year-old offensive lineman has played well for the team, but is entering the final year of his current contract. This move would benefit Seattle in more ways than one. First off, letting Brown go would allow the Seahawks to try out multiple younger options at the position in hopes that one works out. Plus, this financial decision is one that could allow the Seahawks to improve as a whole by using the money saved elsewhere on the roster. Brown may be on his way out.

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