Wide Receiver Sidney Rice and Defensive Tackle Red Bryant have both been released by the Seattle Seahawks.
The announcement made on Friday comes as no surprise to most in the football world as both have been viewed as potential salary cap casualties for some time now.
Rice was due $9.7 million in 2014 which for a player coming off the back of ACL surgery, may have been too much, particularly with Percy Harvin's cap number increasing to $13.4 million.
Bryant has been one of the Seahawks key run pluggers for a long time, however he played fewer snaps than team-mates Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel during Seattle's Super Bowl winning season.
Bryant was due a $3 million roster bonus that the Seahawks reportedly never planned on paying.
The Seahawks are attempting to build the newest NFL dynasty and the first move in doing so is to cut player who may pose a risk when negotiating deals with their bigger names.
Superstar Cornerback Richard Sherman and Safety Earl Thomas are both in line for contract extensions which are expected to be big money deals for the world champions.
The Seahawks cutting Rice and Bryant is another example of the high cost of defending the Vince Lombardi trophy but head coach Pete Carroll will surely be trying to avoid something similar to the mass exodus displayed by the previous Super Bowl champions the Baltimore Ravens last year.