Seattle should cut safety Jamal Adams with a post-June 1st designation
Cap savings: $16.5 million
NFL teams can use the post-June 1st designation on two players a year if they so choose. While the Seahawks would not realize the full savings of releasing any player in this manner immediately, they would have more money during the summer to sign their draft class and other players who have not been signed. This should not go underappreciated because some players, such as edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, like to wait until the summer to sign with new teams.
A new coach should not be hindered by having Jamal Adams on the roster. He turned out to be a false team-first player as he either left the stadium or stayed home in Week 15 when he learned he wasn't going to play against the Philadelphia Eagles. Adams is also terrible in coverage and has seemingly lost the explosiveness that allows him to pressure opposing quarterbacks.
Seahawks should do the same with defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones
Cap savings: $11.51 million
Now that we know general manager John Schneider will have full control moving forward over roster decisions, maybe Jones will leave. Sure, Schneider signed Jones last offseason to the most expensive free agent contract he had signed a player to with Seattle, we don't know if Schneider really wanted Jones or if Pete Carroll wanted Jones.
No matter, Jones was not worth his contract this year. Forget the raw statistics, which are not that great either, Jones was graded as the worst interior defensive lineman on the Seahawks in 2023, per PFF. Jones played the most snaps of his career this season (762) but finished with his fewest sacks (4.5) since his rookie year in 2019 and his fewest tackles for loss (5) since the same season. Jones wasn't awful, but he hasn't proven to be worth paying $27 million over the next two years.