The Seattle Seahawks are expected to release defensive end Red Bryant in a cap saving move, according to FOX Sports Alex Marvez. The Seahawks are trying to re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett, according to the report, and are pressed against the salary cap even though the projected number has risen from it's initial projection. By releasing Bryant, the Seahawks would clear roughly an additional $5 million in cap room.
Bryant, 29, was originally drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft as a defensive tackle. He struggled in that role and eventually was moved to the outside at defensive end when the Seahawks began their transition to the defensive scheme they currently run, playing the five-technique.
After a good 2011 season at the defensive end role, Bryant was given a five-year, $35 million contract extension and became one of the cornerstones for the Seahawks defensive front. Though during the Seahawks run to the 2013 Super Bowl, Bryant's role started to become diminished and he was rotated in and out seeing his snaps drop significantly from the season prior as the Seahawks went to more 3-man defensive line looks.
Though over the typical "age threshold" of 26 years old, Bryant could be a decent short-term pick up for the Jaguars. He plays the same position as Tyson Alualu, but currently the Jaguars don't have many other options at that position outside of second-year defensive lineman Abry Jones, but I'm not sure yet how the Jaguars plan to use the 6'3" 310 pound Jones in their defensive front.