Here's How Seahawks Can Free up Cap Space for Jadeveon Clowney

Seattle Seahawks pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney
Seattle Seahawks pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The biggest free agent still on the market by a considerable margin is pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, who spent last year with the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle has around $20 million in cap space this season, but they might need to get creative with their roster to be able to afford to bring the physical freak back to the Pacific Northwest.

Most of the Seahawks' highest-paid players (Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Tyler Lockett) are playing at a high level befitting of their deal, but there are a few exceptions. Safety Bradley McDougald has become redundant after his poor play and the addition of Quandre Diggs, while tight ends Ed Dickson and Jacob Hollister, both of whom are behind Greg Olsen and Will Dissly on the depth chart, could also be jettisoned. Getting rid of those three would free up almost five percent of Seattle's cap.

Clowney, almost certain to command a multi-year contract, will likely require Seattle to part ways with a player on a rookie deal like Rashaad Penny. If getting rid of Penny means that Clowney comes back to Seattle, John Schneider shouldn't think twice about making this move.

Clowney's impact on the Seattle defense was instantaneous and noticeable, but Seattle might need to part with some solid contributors from last year to secure Clowney's return.