Clemons has been rumored to be a potential cap casualty this offseason given that releasing him would save Seattle $7.5 million for the 2014 season.
The potential cap relief, combined with the fact that Seattle owes DE Cliff Avril $7 million for 2014, makes Clemons’ release seem likely now that Bennett has been locked up.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network suggests that if Bennett were to leave via free agency, Clemons would likely be “safe” in Seattle.
However, Adam Schefter reported today that Michael Bennett is expected to test the market, which could leave Seattle thin at defensive end, especially now that they have already released of DL Red Bryant.
The Seahawks are estimated to have nearly $18 million in cap space for the 2014 season according to overthecap.com, so bringing back Bennett is certainly possible, despite the large contract he is likely to command.
We have Michael Bennett listed as the No. 3 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.