4 grossly overpaid Seahawks players on current 2023 salary cap

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Seahawks defensive tackle Shelby Harris

Shelby Harris is a fine player but he is what he is at this point. Harris will be a 32-year-old interior defensive lineman when the 2023 season begins. Since 2017, every other year he has had 5.5 sacks or more so he is capable of interior pressure. Maybe if he is still on the team next year he will get around 6 sacks. But he also could get 2.5 or fewer. This is the number Harris has put up every other year since 2015.

Harris, though, has the sixth-highest cap hit among all Seahawks in 2023. His cap hit is $12,201,753, Seattle would save nearly $9 million if they release Harris this offseason. Basically, Harris, unless he massively re-works his contract, won’t be back with Seattle. Harris isn’t a bad player but with his age and talent, he isn’t worth paying $12 million a year either.

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Seattle needs to rebuild the interior of its defensive line and also get younger. Harris basically plays the same role that Quinton Jefferson does for Seattle but makes a lot more money doing it. Harris might play for a couple of more years and it would be nice to have his veteran presence back in 2023, but not at the price he is currently set to be paid.