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The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a surprisingly successful season in which they made the playoffs despite trading future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson last offseason.
Geno Smith, who was thought to be nothing more than a decent backup, took over for Wilson under center, and he had a fantastic season.
Smith has been rewarded with a lucrative new contract, and now the Seahawks have made another move in order to free up some salary cap space.
They have released veteran guard Gabe Jackson, which, according to Tom Pelissero, will give them $6.5 million in cap space.
The #Seahawks released veteran guard Gabe Jackson, per the wire. The move clears $6.5 million in cash and cap space.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 9, 2023
Jackson played the last two seasons in Seattle, and prior to that, he spent the first seven years of his NFL career with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders.
He was a third-round draft pick in 2014 after four strong seasons at Mississippi State University.
Moving forward, Seattle needs help on the defensive side of the football, as it finished 25th in points allowed and 26th in total yards given up last season.
In particular, its run defense is problematic, and it finished 30th in rushing yards given up in 2022.
There are rumors that star linebacker Bobby Wagner may end up returning to the Seahawks, and his return could help shore up their run defense.
Wagner was recently released by the Los Angeles Rams after he signed with them last offseason.
Previously, Wagner played his first 10 seasons in Seattle, where he was named to eight straight Pro Bowls and six All-Pro first teams, and he was a member of their 2013 Super Bowl championship team.
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