Seattle Seahawks release WR Sidney Rice and DE Red Bryant

Wide receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant have been released by the Seattle Seahawks, giving the Super Bowl champions additional salary cap space as free agency approaches.

Seattle made the expected roster moves official Friday. Bryant had spent his entire career with the Seahawks, while Rice signed as a free agent before the 2011 season.

Both were due hefty salaries in 2014 that didn't 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 piece as a 300-pound defensive end for the Seahawks, but his playing time diminished throughout the season.

Seattle should save more than $12 million in salary cap space with the moves.