4 Seattle Seahawks that may not finish out their current deals

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The Seattle Seahawks head into the 2023 offseason with lots of draft capital and lots of cap room, relatively speaking. Seattle general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have quite of few decisions to make on how to make the franchise successful heading into the future and many ways to make that happen. But they do need to make the correct decisions or this offseason’s failure could result in many seasons of failure.

There are some contracts on Seattle’s books currently, though, that need to be changed. Whether that means releasing the player with the bloated contract or trying to re-work the deal. This isn’t a new idea. Tom Brady never got paid the highest amount of money in the league when he was with the Patriots, but he did always agree to get paid less if it meant it helped the team overall as it kept cap room for players in positions of need.

None of the players that follow are of Tom Brady’s ilk, however, because few players ever have been. Still, a team can’t afford to overpay players who might have diminishing production or are simply not as good as hoped. The Seahawks have a good amount of cap room in 2023 but by 2024 could have even more if they redo some current players’ contracts.

Player no. 1: Seahawks defensive tackle Bryan Mone

When the Seahawks signed Bryan Mone to a contract extension last offseason, it may have been based on the promise that Mone showed in limited snaps that he could be the kind of interior defensive lineman who could also put pressure on the quarterback. Well, Mone was a disappointment during the season, just as most of the Seahawks’ interior defensive linemen were. Mone played in fewer snaps in 2022 than in 2021 due to injury, but he produced far less than would be expected even with diminishing snap counts.

Mone had zero sacks and 1 quarterback hit and just 2 tackles for loss. Based on those numbers alone, Mone could be a candidate to be released this offseason. The knee injury he suffered in Week 15 ended his season and could affect the start of his 2023 campaign, but even then he shouldn’t be guaranteed a roster spot.

In 2023, Mone has a cap number of $3,675,000. In 2024, Mone’s cap number goes to $6,400,000. But his dead cap is $1 million this offseason if released and falls to $500,000 in the 2024 offseason. There is no good justification to pay Mone over $6 million in 2024 unless he suddenly becomes a different player. He won’t, though, and he should be released this offseason.