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Wide receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant were released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, giving the Super Bowl champions additional salary cap space as free agency approaches. Custom Bayern Munich Jerseys . Seattle made the expected roster moves official eight days before teams can start speaking with potential free agents. Bryant had spent his entire career with the Seahawks after being a fourth-round draft pick in 2008, while Rice signed as a free agent before the 2011 season. According to the leagues transaction report, Rice was released with a "failed physical" designation. Both were due hefty salaries in 2014 that didnt necessarily match the production they had shown on the field. Rice had struggled with injuries with the Seahawks and was lost for the 2013 season after Week 8 with a knee injury. Bryant was a unique player as a 300-pound defensive end for the Seahawks, but his playing time had diminished. Seattle should save more than $12 million in salary cap space with the moves. Rice was due $8.5 million in base salary for 2014 and Bryant $4.5 million. "We want to thank both Red and Sidney for their effort, commitment and contribution to the Seattle Seahawks over the last few years," Seattle general manager John Schneider said in a statement. "These are extremely tough decisions, but we wanted to give them a head start on free agency. We wish them well in the future." Both moves were expected to happen and are likely the first in a series that will change the makeup of the Super Bowl champions. Bryant was one of just four players left from before the arrival of Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll. He was given a new contract during the 2012 off-season, but the emergence of Michael Bennett -- one of Seattles top free agent priorities -- appeared to make Bryant expendable. The only players still remaining from the pre-Carroll era are centre Max Unger, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and punter Jon Ryan. Bryant was also a captain and vocal leader of Seattles league-best defence. He could be an attractive option in free agency for a team seeking a defensive end that can hold the edge in defending the run in a 3-4 defence. Rice had not matched the production that came with his big contract, mostly because of injuries. Rice played in 33 games with 31 starts with 97 receptions for 1,463 yards and 12 touchdowns. But his 2011 season was cut short by a concussion and he was unable to finish the 2013 season after suffering an ACL tear in his knee and being placed on injured reserve. Rice led Seattle in receptions (50) and yards receiving (748) during the 2012 season, one of just two seasons in his career that hes played in all 16 regular-season games. Rice tweeted a goodbye to Seattle fans shortly after his release became official: "The amount of love I have for the .12thman and the (at)Seahawks organization! Thanks for a wonderful experience!" Tom Starke Jersey . 25 against Miami. Hillis left Browns Stadium about two hours before kickoff, a decision that has led to speculation he was upset over ongoing negotiations with the club on a contract extension. Fabian Benko Jersey . - The Raiders have released guard Mike Brisiel after two disappointing seasons in Oakland. CHICAGO -- Nate Schierholtz was one of the few dependable hitters in Cubs lineup a season ago. Now, he is starting to show signs he can shake out of an early season rut. Schierholtz hit a two-out game-ending RBI single, after Chris Coghlan homered to tie it in the eighth, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Tuesday night. It was the first game-ending hit for the Cubs this season. Curtis Granderson had three hits for the Mets and drove in their run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. The Mets failed to win a season-high four straight games. Cubs reliever Hector Rondon (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth. Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off Mets reliever Scott Rice (1-2). After New York third baseman David Wright was unable to turn a hard-hit grounder into a double play, Schierholtz pulled a liner into the right-field corner against the left-handed Rice to win it. "I know Im a better player than I showed the first few months. That wasnt me. I knew it was going to come around. It took longer than I hoped, obviously I still have a lot to do in the next four months, but Im confident and thats all that matters," said Schierholtz, who was 3 for 4 to move his average up to .224 from .212. Schierholtz hit .251 with home 21 homers last season for the Cubs. The Mets squandered an opportunity in the third when they had bases loaded and failed to score. "We gave this away," Wright said. "Obviously, not being able to get that lead runner in the ninth and then we had numerous chances to put that team away. We couldnt do it. Any time you put that many runners in scoring position and you only come away with one, that kind of gets the momentum back on their side and they were able to take advantage of it late." Mets starter Zack Wheeler pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings and was in line for the victory until Josh Edgin gave up a leadoff home run to Coghlan to tie the game and snap a 15 inning scoreless streak for Chicago. It was the left-hand hitting Coghlans first homer against a lefty pitcher since 2010. After only giving up one run in 6 1-3 innings to the Phillies on Thursday, Wheeller gave the Mets another strong outing. Xabi Alonso Jersey. He had little trouble going against an overmatched Chicago offence. He allowed two hits, while striking out seven and only allowing two walks. The 24-year old right-hander did not allow a runner past first base. "I thought he did a real good job. I thought his location was outstanding. He didnt have his best stuff, but he moved the ball around and I was very impressed with the way he pitched," said Mets manager Terry Collins. The struggles continued for Rizzo against Wheeler, who was ejected after striking out in his first at-bat on Sunday. He struck out three times against Wheeler and dropped a routine pop up in the eighth. Matt den Dekker led off the game with a single. He stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch then scored on Grandersons sacrifice fly. The Mets had the bases loaded in the third with no outs, but failed to score. Chris Young hit a sharp grounder to Rizzo. Rizzo threw home to get the force. Lucas Duda popped out to Starlin Castro at shortstop and Wilmer Flores lined out to starter Jake Arrieta. "In some big situations I was able to make a lot of big pitches, too, keep it to one run and obviously things kind of led to what happened in the ninth, which is pretty awesome," said Arrieta. Arrieta allowed one run on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out two and walked three. Arrietas night ended early with a high pitch count. Cubs manager Rick Renteria was forced to pull the 28-year old right-hander after he walked Duda with two outs in the fifth on his 105th pitch. NOTES: Mets RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to make his second start of the season on Wednesday. Left-handed batters are hitting just .093 (4-for-43) against Matsuzaka. ... Cubs top minor prospect Javier Baez is hitting .219 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs for Triple-A Iowa. He is in a 1-for-12 slump. ... Cubs 3B prospect Kris Bryant is batting .351 with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs for Double-A Tennessee. ...Cubs placed C Welington Castillo on the 15-day disabled list because of a rib injury and designated relief pitcher Jose Veras for assignment. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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