In need of cap space following the extensions of both quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, the Seahawks have released veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Seattle has since confirmed the move.
McDaniel, 30, was scheduled to earn a $2.5MM base salary in 2015 — combined with his prorated roster bonus and workout bonus, he would have counted $3.625MM against Seattle’s cap. By cutting him now, the club will clear out that total except for his roster bonus, saving $3MM in the process.
Since joining the Seahawks prior to the 2013 season, McDaniel has been a full-time starter in the middle of the team’s defensive line, starting 29 contests during that stretch. He played on 413 snaps last year, posting 17 tackles, but didn’t grade too well according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), which ranked McDaniel as a bottom-10 defensive tackle.
McDaniel, who has also spent time with the Jaguars and Dolphins, is a vested veteran, so he won’t need to pass through waivers, and he’s available to sign with any club immediately.