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Seahawks release WR Josh Gordon, TE Greg Olsen

NFL: DEC 08 Seahawks at Rams Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

While the Seattle Seahawks saw their season end several weeks ago in a Wild Card Round loss to the division rival Los Angeles Rams, they have been all over the news recently due to the Russell Wilson unhappiness fiasco. Any actual, meaningful news regarding the players on the roster and the team's unsigned free agents had been sparse in the early part of the offseason. However, that changed Thursday when the Seahawks formally moved on from two veterans.

Gordon, of course, missed the entire 2020 season due to a suspension, and under the terms of the league substance abuse policy, his contract would have tolled and he would have returned to the Seahawks on the same terms of his 2020 contract.

Gordon was not the only veteran the team released on Thursday, though.

The release of Greg Olsen is more prcedural, as he had already announced his retirement. Releasing him now allows him to sign a one day contract with the Carolina Panthers and hold a joint retirement ceremony next week with former teammate Thomas Davis. Without Seattle terminating Olsen's contract, he would have had to wait until after the start of free agency on March 17 to sign with the Panthers and retire.