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That happened fast.

The Seattle Seahawks have released DJ Fluker, starting right guard for the past two seasons.

“Dear 12s, I was released by the Seahawks today,” Fluker said. “Couple of things: I am not upset, or hurt. This is a business and one that I’ve been in for a while. I want to thank John and Pete for their very thoughtful calls. Stay safe, be kind and I love y’all. Thank you, Seattle.”

This was a move that many expected, especially following the draft of highly regarded LSU guard Damien Lewis. But the move happening 24 hours after the conclusion of the draft is a bit unusual.

The general expectation was that Lewis would be an immediate candidate to start at right guard, being perhaps even the favorite to win the competition. Head coach Pete Carroll said as much over the weekend, that Lewis would not “take a back seat to anybody.”

However, some thought we might see at least some summer competition, with 2019’s Phil Haynes also being squarely in the mix.

Cutting Fluker saves Seattle $3 million, as only $500,000 will be dead cap space tied to Fluker. The Seahawks need the cap space if they have any intentions of signing any veteran linemen on the defense. They’ve also been signing UDFAs at a ridiculous pace, and are already over their maximum roster size.

This could be only the beginning of a handful of cuts in order to accomplish both goals. Releasing Fluker now gives him a better opportunity to find a new team early, which is a nice gesture by the Seahawks.