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Seahawks cut Jaron Brown as part of Jadeveon Clowney trade

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Here’s something unexpected!

The Seattle Seahawks have a deal in place to acquire Houston Texans star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but one of the casualties as part of this move is a man who was projected and advertised as Seattle’s #2 wide receiver entering the 2019 season.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says Jaron Brown is expected to be released to make room for Clowney’s $16 million franchise tag.

Brown confirmed his release on Twitter.

Cutting Brown saves the Seahawks $2.75 million against the salary cap, and while I did write Jaron as a potential cut candidate after the NFL Draft, I didn’t think it’d happen at this stage of the season.

Brown had 14 catches for 166 yards and 5 touchdowns as the WR4, but the departure of Doug Baldwin seemed to open the door for him to get an increased role in the offense, but now that’s off the table.

With Brown gone, the Seahawks WR depth chart features Tyler Lockett with 194 career receptions, David Moore with 26 career catches, and literally everyone else has a combined one reception — Malik Turner has that single catch and he might not make the team either.