It seems that the Seattle Seahawks have started to make some decisions to lower their ever increasing cap.
The Super Bowl champs have decided to release defensive end Chris Clemons following the re-signing of Michael Bennett to a big money-multi year contract in an effort to save on space according to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer.
Clemons was due to make $9.6 million in the 2014 season and by cutting him now the Seahawks have saved themselves a handy $7.5 million against the cap.
The 32-year old only started 11 games in 2013, and was forced to miss the first two games of the season due to still rehabbing an ACL surgery suffered in the playoff win against the Redskins.
After making 33.5 sacks in the three season from 2010-2012, Clemons only managed to record 4.5 in 2013.
Clemons now former Seahawks teammates had their say about the decision to release him on Twitter, and they were all in shock about the news.
"Hate to see my boy @chrisclemons91 go... This business can be crazy at times..." said fellow defensive end Cliff Avril.
Michael Bennett added "@chrisclemons91 one of the best De in the nfl. Super Bowl champ my bro can't believe he is not coming back 39 sacks last 4yrs wow"
The Seahawks could find themselves in a very sticky situation when it comes to the cap soon enough.
Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are both set for hefty pay-rises whilst starting quarterback Russell Wilson is still only on his rookie salary, earning about $750,000 which is likely to jump up to around $15 million a year when the time comes.
The Seahawks have some hard decisions to make, and it's just unfortunate that Chris Clemons was the first to go.