The Seattle Seahawks are in an odd spot. They fired Pete Carroll as head coach (oh, sure; he stayed on as an advisor but he didn't want not to be the head coach anymore so the decision was not his own) but the team still has a young and fairly talented roster. The team needs to improve, though, and to do so they need to open up some cap room.
Heading into the 2024 offseason, the Seahawks currently have $-4,027 in cap space. That is not good, obviously. That also ranks 24th in the NFL right now.
Don't fret, 12s. The team will find more cap room by reworking deals or releasing some players. What follows is an easy way for the Seahawks to clear $51.37 million. Some of this - if not all - might actually happen as well.
Seahawks could release safety Quandre Diggs
Cap savings: $11 million
Diggs is about to turn 31 years old. That is not old for a human being, but for an NFL free safety, that is getting a bit ancient. Free safeties need speed to be good and Diggs appears to lose a little bit in 2023. This season, he had by far his worst season with the Seahawks since being traded to Seattle in 2019. Plus, he had his fewest interceptions (1) since 2016, his second-fewest passed defended (5) since 2016, and his worst quarterback rating since at least 2017.
Diggs did get a tad better after the Seahawks stopped playing Jamal Adams as much, likely because Diggs did not have to do two different players' jobs as one never can be sure what Adams is trying to do. But even when Seattle's safety duo became Julian Love and Diggs, Love was the player that was awarded with a Pro Bowl nod and Diggs should be on his way out.
Even if Diggs had been better than he was in 2023, he still should be released. The Seahawks have to create cap room and Diggs' current contract is simply too big to pass. $11 million would be a bigger savings than any other Seattle player with a pre-June 1 designation except for quarterback Geno Smith and even releasing Smith would save the team just $2.8 million more than cutting Diggs.
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