BY Art Thiel 09:52AM 08/02/2015

For cap room, Seahawks cut DT Tony McDaniel

After the Seahawks signed QB Russell Wilson and LB Bobby Wagner to deals worth $130 million combined, something had to give under the NFL’s salary cap. Turned out to be DT Tony McDaniel, 30, a two-year starter who counted $3.6 million against the cap.’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that McDaniel was released for cap reasons. Although the Seahawks weren’t obligated to make such a cut now, doing so gave McDaniel a better chance to catch on elsewhere.

A nine-year veteran out of Tennessee, McDaniel, 6-foot-7 and 295 pounds, came to Seattle as a free agent after stops in Miami and Jacksonville. He started nearly every game the past two seasons, accumulating 17 tackles and four assists as primarily a run-stuffer in 2014.

His departure means more reliance on newcomer Ahtyba Rubin, 29, a free agent signee from Cleveland, where he started the past six seasons. Third-year DT Jordan Hill will  likely see more action. The Seahawks also have in camp Jimmy Staten, T.Y. McGill and D’Anthony Smith, as well as Jesse Williams, on the non-football injury list after having a cancerous kidney removed.



  • Seattle Psycho

    This is why fans should not complain when players hold out. He was under contract and the Hawks let him go.

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    • jafabian

      That’s how NFL rules are and players understand that. It’s why Brady restructured his 2 years ago. His contract was restricting what the Patriots could do to the roster. Be interesting to see if Wilson and Wagner (assuming they’re still here) are willing to do the same later on.