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Seahawks release veteran tight end Ed Dickson

Ed Dickson, Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks are attempting to clear cap space, parting with some of the players on their roster on Tuesday. After moving on from Tedric Thompson, the Seahawks are releasing veteran tight end Ed Dickson.

Before being released, Dickson was entering the final year of his contract with Seattle. The former third-round pick was slated to make $3 million in 2020 and would have been a $3.8 million cap hit for the Seahawks next season.

By releasing Dickson and Thompson, the Seahawks were able to create $5.3 million in cap savings. Therefore, Seattle has around $20 million in cap space remaining this offseason.

As for Dickson, he spent the past two seasons with the Seahawks, serving as the team’s backup tight end. However, a knee injury in 2019 prevented him from suiting up in a single game this past season. But in 2018, Dickson contributed 12 receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

Given that he’s 32 years old and has injury concerns, it could be difficult for Dickson to find a new team this offseason. Especially when you consider the circumstances and limitations that teams are dealing with due to the coronavirus.

Also, with Greg Olsen signing with the Seahawks this offseason, it made it a bit more difficult for Dickson to remain in Seattle. Besides Olsen, Seattle already has Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister providing depth at tight end.

With Dickson being let go, the Seahawks could be gearing up to make a move in free agency. On the other hand, they could be creating some room to retain Jadeveon Clowney in the near future.