Seattle Seahawks: 1 player who could be surprise roster cut this offseason
The Seattle Seahawks have seen tons of success in the last decade, but the team is itching to get back to the Super Bowl. For Seattle to return to being a Super Bowl contender, the team is going to have to make some tough decisions in the offseason.
This season, the Seahawks compiled an 11-5 record in 2019 despite outscoring their opponents by only seven points (14th in the NFL). Anytime you have Russell Wilson under center, you’re going to have a chance to win every single game.
Unfortunately, Wilson wasn’t able to overcome Seattle’s deficiencies as the Seahawks were eliminated by the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round. Following another year where they fell short of a Super Bowl, the Seahawks need to address a few things before next season.
At the beginning of the offseason, Seattle is projected to have nearly $60 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. The most important decision for the Seahawks is whether or not they want to keep Jadeveon Clowney.
If the Seahawks do intend to retain Clowney, they could use more money to spend for next season. Provided that, Seattle could make a few roster moves to improve financially. All that being said, here is one player that could be a surprising roster cut for the Seahawks this offseason.
Since Wilson became the quarterback for the Seahawks in 2012, it’s been well-documented that he’s played behind some porous offensive lines. In recent seasons, Justin Britt has become a mainstay on the offensive line.
Britt was drafted by Seattle in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. From 2014-2018, Britt started in 78 of 80 possible games for the Seahawks as their center. The connection between a center and a quarterback is pretty crucial to an offense’s success.
However, this season, Britt missed eight games due to a knee injury that he suffered in Week 8. Additionally, Britt is getting ready to head into the final season of his current contract.
Next season, the veteran center is slated to be an $11.4 million cap hit for the Seahawks. Given his price tag, Seattle could choose to replace him at center in 2020. But again, it’s not easy to replace a center that’s been starting for six years.
In the event that Seattle cuts Britt, the Seahawks would create $8.5 million in cap space. At the same time, the Seahawks would incur a $2.9 million dead-cap penalty if they parted ways with him.
Again, it’s always tough to replace a veteran center, especially when he’s built a decent rapport with the quarterback. Even with him spending six seasons with Seattle, Britt could surprisingly be released by the team that drafted him.