While the NFL and the Jaguars got to see what Jadeveon Clowney could do at the Scouting Combine on Monday morning, Jacksonville might have received some good news in terms of who may and may not be available on the defensive line in free agent.
A report from Yahoo! Sports is claiming the Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks is planning to cut defensive tackle Red Bryant to make cap space to sign Michael Bennett to a new contract. But Bennett has already put the team on notice – if it wants to sign the defensive end, it will not come cheap. There will not be a “hometown” discount when it comes to signing one of the anchors of this Super Bowl defense.
Cutting Bryant would free up money to sign him.
"There is no such thing as discount," Bennett told NFL Network on Tuesday night. "This isn't Costco. This isn't Walmart. This is real life."
According to a story on ESPN.com, “"There is no such thing as discount," Bennett told NFL Network on Tuesday night. “This isn't Costco. This isn't Walmart. This is real life."
Bennett was Seattle's best defensive lineman in 2013 and helped lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. He signed a one-year contract worth $4.8 million last spring. He played his first four seasons with Tampa Bay after the Seahawks released him as an undrafted rookie in 2009.
But Bennett was everything and more the Seahawks hoped he'd be when they brought him back for last season. He had 8.5 sacks in the regular season along with one forced fumble and a fumble recovery he returned 22 yards for a touchdown.
And if the team cuts Bryant, another major cog in the Seahawks defense there is no guarantee the franchise will reach an agreement with Bennett – a double-edged sword of sorts.
According to Fox Sports, "Bryant is slated to carry an $8.5 million cap figure in 2014, which would be the primary reason why the Seahawks would have to cut him.
Early this offseason, it's become clear that bringing back Michael Bennett will be a priority. That means Bryant, who had 1.5 sacks last season, will likely be a cap casualty.
Other players the Jaguars should be looking at to possibly sign in free agency could be
- Greg Hardy of Carolina: Hardy led the Panthers in sacks this past season and made $1.3 million in 2013.
- Michael Johnson of Cincinnati: It is good money the team will try to re-sign him, but I think he winds up in Minnesota with former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
- Eversen Griffin of Minnesota: He could be expendable and not re-signed if the Vikings reach for Johnson or even Hardy.
- Anthony Spencer of Dallas: He won’t be back in Big D. Spencer is an edge rusher and can play outside linebacker as well.