How Will The Seahawks Clear Enough Cap Space In 2018?

As of now, the Seattle Seahawks are set to have just over $14.1 million in salary cap space once the 2018 league year commences on March 14th, presuming that the per-team cap is indeed $178 million as projected by Spotrac. That number includes the nearly $1.7 million in carry-over cap space the Seahawks will take with them from 2017, but does not factor in the cost of Seattle’s 2018 draft class. That means that only six teams are currently in a worse cap situation at this time, and thus will require the Seahawks to find ways to boost their coffers in the coming months.
These are two of those cost-cutting options.
Reducing Defensive Expenses
The main problem is that the most effective money-saving measures would also be among the most unpopular.
Seven of the Seahawks’ biggest cap commitments come on the defensive side of the ball in 2018; the 11th, cornerback Jeremy Lane, is also another expensive defender for Seattle. And it is in this area where the Seahawks can recoup a great deal of the cash they need in order to pay for any in-house or open-market free agents they may want to sign as well as make enough room for extending current contracts and paying the eventual crop of rookies.
Moving on from defensive end Cliff Avril appears to be a no-brainer. Avril is set to have a $7.625 million cap hit this year ($7 million by way of base salary) and is coming back from a severe neck injury that was, just months ago, thought to be career-ending. Avril told the NFL Network this week that he plans on being able to play, though he did note that he’s still “in the process or recovering,” one he characterized as “a long process, a long journey.” The length and complexity of that recovery, though, may not have Avril ready in time for the Seahawks to feel comfortable keeping him on the roster at such a cost. The cap savings could easily force Seattle’s hand in the coming months as releasing Avril adds only $500,000 in dead money for 2018. FieldGulls


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