cover-2 wrote:Clemons is a must keep for me, he is a better pass rusher than Avril. I just don't see Avril's initial burst that he had with the Lions. Avril is on my cut list at the end of the year, he is due to make $9+ million next year.
Avril's contract is close to fully guaranteed. He has a 2.5m dead money hit due to his signing bonus. And 5m of his 7m base for 2014 becomes guaranteed the day after the SB. So cutting him would be a 7.5m dead money hit. Whereas Clemons has a 2m dead money hit on his 9m contract.
sutz wrote:The Seahawks need to wait until the season is over before making snap judgements on needs based on one (or even 4) games.
It's not really much of a snap judgement. In fact, I'm not sure the FO necessarily cares how a player is performing when they reach the final year of their deal. Seattle likes to have the ability to cut guys in the last year of the deal and generally guarantees are paid up front. It fits their '3 year plan' thinking by design. They gain cap flexibility as these contracts reach the end of life.
In this case, it's not the fact that any of the players I listed are worth the salaries. It's the fact that we have other players worth MORE to us that need the salary cap room. If those guys were to have failed to advance to elite 'we gotta pay them' status, then we would have been in a position to cherry pick the contracts we keep to the end.
Fortunately, the guys approaching their second contracts are worth being paid like the best in the league. We will be obliged to cut ties with good players who are totally worth their deals because we've structured an out in case we needed that space. Which we most certainly do.
The structure of Avril's deal pretty much dictates who will leave. Schneider is very forward thinking on his contracts and if you look at them closely enough, you can make a good educated guess on how long these big contracts are expected to survive from the FO perspective.
The players I listed above are the big ticket contracts whose 2014 structures give us the most value and least amount of dead money cost. When you are talking about resigning Bennett and/or Tate and extending Thomas and Sherman -- those are the contracts where those cap dollars will come from.