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Seattle Seahawks release TE Ed Dickson, S Tedric Thompson

Seattle Seahawks tight end Ed Dickson (84) missed all of last season because of a knee injury that required surgery before the start of the regular season. File Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI
Seattle Seahawks tight end Ed Dickson (84) missed all of last season because of a knee injury that required surgery before the start of the regular season. File Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

March 31 (UPI) -- The Seattle Seahawks parted ways with veteran tight end Ed Dickson and safety Tedric Thompson, the team announced Tuesday.

The roster moves clear more than $5 million in cap space for the Seahawks, according to Over The Cap. With the extra salary-cap space, the Seahawks are expected to attempt to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney or add one of the other premier pass-rushers available in free agency.

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The Seahawks selected Thompson in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Colorado. He made 16 starts over the past two seasons after taking over for All-Pro safety Earl Thomas at free safety.

Thompson struggled with consistency in 2019 and eventually landed on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. He recorded 19 total tackles, two interceptions and two passes defensed in six games last season.

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Quandre Diggs, who joined the Seahawks via trade midway through last season, is projected to start at free safety in 2020, making Thompson expendable.



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Dickson, 32, missed all of last season because of a knee injury that required surgery. The Seahawks activated him off injured reserve in November but put him back on IR before he appeared in a game.

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In 134 career games with the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers and Seahawks, Dickson has notched 190 receptions for 2,128 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 10-year veteran had 12 catches for 143 yards and three receiving scores with the Seahawks in 2018.

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