The release of high salary players began today when the Seahawks cut ties with two of their longtime vets.

General Manger John Schneider commented on the releases in a pair of tweets.

The moves are anticipated to save the team $13 million in salary cap space this season.

Bryant was a 2008 draft choice of the Seahawks, and developed into a specialist at stopping the running game. Well respected as a team leader, he could possibly come back to Seattle at a lower salary, although he could make more money on the free agent market.

Rice was acquired as a free agent in 2011, signing a five-year $41 million deal. Rice struggled with injuries throughout his time with Seattle.