The Seahawks continue to create cap space on Tuesday. Shortly after it was reported Tedric Thompson was to be released by the club, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the team would be parting ways with veteran tight end Ed Dickson as well.
The #Seahawks have released TE Ed Dickson, source said. He was due $3M this year and Seattle saves most of it.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 31, 2020
As Rapoport mentioned, Dickson was set to count as $3.86 million against the cap in 2020. By releasing him, Seattle saves $3 million—adding to the $2 million saved by the release of Thompson just prior.
Dickson had a strange 2019, as he began the season on the injured reserve list before the Seahawks designated him as one of two I.R. return players for the year. Just days after he was activated, Dickson returned to I.R., ending his season. Similar to Thompson’s release, Dickson is presumably healthy now, otherwise his release would not be all that beneficial to Seattle.
"Now healthy" is a key piece of this.— John P. Gilbert (@JohnPGilbertNFL) March 31, 2020
Had they released Thompson prior to him passing a physical after shoulder surgery last fall, they'd have been on the hook for 50% of his 2021 salary. https://t.co/lXq9xCtk9z
The two moves in quick succession of course have ramped up speculation a third, Jadeveon Clowney-shaped move could be on the way. For now, the Seahawks have opened up more cap space to continue to navigate the second wave of free agency.