The Seattle Seahawks have already begun the process of dismantling their Super Bowl-winning team.
The team announced on Friday that they have cut Red Bryant and Sidney Rice in expected moves.
Cutting Bryant saves Seattle $5.5 million in cap space, and that money could be used to re-sign free agent DE Michael Bennett. Bryant is turning 30 in April and will likely have many suitors on the free agent market, including the New England Patriots, who tried to sign him in 2012 before he agreed to remain with Seattle.
Cutting Rice saves Seattle $7.3 million against the cap. He signed a five-year, $41 million contract with the team in the 2011 offseason and was a big disappointment. Rice battled injuries and missed 15 games over three seasons. He topped out at 50 catches, 748 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2012.
This is a typical trend for a Super Bowl team; you accumulate enough talent to win a Super Bowl, but then you lose the players because you cannot afford them all. Rice was overpaid, but you know the Seahawks would have liked to retain Bryant.