For instance, there is defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, a run-stuffer who started 29 games in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl seasons of the last two years. He is expected to compete with ex-teammate Clinton McDonald and Harry Melton for playing time next to Gerald McCoy.
McDaniel was a cap casualty for the Seahawks, and head coach Pete Carroll, in particular, hated to release him. The signings of quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner made McDaniel’s $2.5 million salary unacceptable.
“It’s a significant loss,” Carroll said. “Tony has been a really good core player for us, and we really liked him and what he’s brought to our club. This decision sucks, but you know we had to do something.”