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Report: Seahawks release DT Tom Johnson

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Two days after making an unexpected addition in Mychal Kendricks, the Seattle Seahawks have made another curious move, releasing veteran defensive tackle Tom Johnson.

The move was first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, who added the Seahawks are likely to re-sign Johnson next week.

Hit with injuries while carrying five DTs (excluding Quinton Jefferson) on the roster, Seattle is forced to allocate spots elsewhere. Despite starting Week 1, Johnson was ultimately the one sacrificed to make room.

Johnson was signed this past offseason on a one-year deal worth $2.1 million. As a veteran, Johnson’s salary is guaranteed for the season despite his release, as he was on the Seahawks’ roster for Week 1. As Pelissero noted, while Seattle is likely to re-sign Johnson next week, he’s now free to move on if he chooses.