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.
As part of the impact from the Jadeveon Clowney trade, the #Seahawks are expected to release starting WR Jaron Brown, a cap casualty, source said. They need to fit in Clowney’s tag.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2019
Brown confirmed his release on Twitter.
Thank you Seattle! Fell in love with this city, fans and organization! Next chapter for me— Jaron Brown (@jaronbrown13) August 31, 2019
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.