Seattle Seahawks are seriously considering releasing defensive lineman Red Bryant this offseason, according to NFL.com.
The 29-year-old's departure would save the Superbowl champions $5.5million of cap space in 2014, as general manager John Schneider makes room on his roster for free-agent priorities Golden Tate and Michael Bennett.
Bryant's $8.5million salary-cap hit was Seattle's sixth-highest heading into the offseason, and speculation regarding his future comes just days after news of wide receiver Sidney Rice's expected release.
Seattle will also be looking to give young stars like Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, and Richard Sherman hefty new contracts in the next year, so Bryant's exit from CenturyLink Field wouldn't exactly be surprising.
A fourth-round draft pick when he first joined the Seahawks in 2008, Bryant only played a bit-part role in head coach Pete Carroll's team last season, contributing 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
His lucrative salary didn't reflect his standing in the Seattle side, and the only way he could stay on their books is by accepting a significantly lower contract on a reduced rate.