Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by defensive end Chris Clemons #91 and defensive end Cliff Avril #56 of the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The release of Clemons saves Seattle $7.5 million for next season.
Clemons posted 4.5 sacks for the Seahawks last season after returning from an ACL injury suffered in the 2012 playoffs. He started 11 games for the team and had 24 tackles and a forced fumble.
The release of Clemons seemed to be inevitable. His contract represented the highest amount of savings of any player on the roster. In addition, Clemons was coming off his worst season, statistically with the Seahawks.
With the re-signing of DE Michael Bennett on Monday and S Earl Thomas, CB Richard Sherman, QB Russell Wilson and T Russell Okung all due for extensions in the next two years, Seattle has to keep cap space available somehow.
--WR Golden Tate signs with Lions, S Chris Margagos with Eagles
Seattle also lost another player through the free agent market.
WR Golden Tate signed a new deal with the Detroit Lions. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com, Tate said the deal is for five years and $31 million with $13.25 million guaranteed. That means an average annual value of $6.2 million.
As mentioned, with extensions looming for more pivotal players than Tate, Seattle likely just couldn't match the money being offered by Detroit.
The Seahawks lose their leading receiver and punt returner from last season. Tate posted a career-best 64 catches for 898 yards last season. He also caught five touchdowns.
Tate also had 51 punt returns for 585 yards.
In addition, the Eagles announced they had signed S Chris Maragos Wednesday morning.
Maragos reportedly received a three-year deal worth $4 million.
Maragos appeared in 43 games for Seattle over the last three season. He served mainly as a key special teams player and backup free safety to Thomas.
Maragos recorded 35 tackles in three years for Seattle.
--Seahawks sign WR Taylor Price
After losing Tate to the Lions, the Seahawks have signed WR Taylor Price.
The agreement was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Price was a third-round pick of the New England Patriots out of Ohio University in 2010. However, he has failed to become a productive player so far in his career.
Has has just five catches for 80 yards in six games played with the Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has spent the last two seasons on injured reserve after suffering injuries in training camp each year with Jacksonville.