Updated: March 12, 2014, 1:14 PM ET
Terry Blount | ESPN.com
The Seattle Seahawks have released veteran defensive end Chris Clemons, which will free up $7.5 million in salary cap space for 2014.
The NFL Network was the first to report that Clemons was released Wednesday morning.
This move has been expected for weeks. Clemons, 32, had 4½ sacks last season coming of surgery to repair a torn ACL. It was a significant drop off from the previous three seasons when he had at least 11 sacks each year after being traded to Seattle in 2010.
Clemons’ release could mean the Seahawks believe they have a chance of signing one of the defensive linemen they are talking to this week. Former Dallas Cowboys defensive linemen Jason Hatcher is in Seattle Wednesday.
The Seahawks also plan to talk to former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and have made calls to the agent of DeMarcus Ware, who was released by the Cowboys on Tuesday.
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