The Seahawks lost a chunk of cap space this week as a few players got 2020 pay hikes.
Per OverTheCap.com, instead of a projected $63 million, the Hawks now are forecast to have $54 million (counting cap savings for Ed Dickson’s expected release). That would give Seattle more like $47 million for veterans between now and the start of the season.
The players whose cap numbers all went up include Tyler Lockett ($2 million), K.J. Wright ($1.5 million), Chris Carson ($1.4 million), Shaquill Griffin ($1.4 million), Tedric Thompson ($1.4 million), D.J. Fluker ($750,000) and Duane Brown ($250,000) — for a total of close to $9 million.
Lockett and Wright both hit benchmarks that triggered salary escalators, and Carson, Griffin and Thompson all activated rookie-contract performance escalators. Fluker has a bunch of playing incentives and roster bonuses, which probably explains the bump in his cap number. Same for Brown.
As we pointed out earlier this week, the Seahawks need to budget big for pass rushers and then use the rest to replace Germain Ifedi and Jarran Reed, keep Jacob Hollister and fill out the roster with cheap backups.
They can add almost $4 million in space by cutting Thompson, Lano Hill and Nick Bellore. And, if they somehow found a good replacement for Justin Britt, they could add $8.75 million by releasing him. But they need a good veteran center (Joey Hunt is not a long-term option), who might cost at least as much as Britt.
The Seahawks are still among the top 10 teams in projected cap space, so they can be competitive in pursuing veterans they need.