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Seahawks reduce roster to 80, release Hunt and Jackson

The Seattle Seahawks released nine players to reduce their roster to 80 players, including veterans Branden Jackson and Joey Hunt.
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Trevor Siemian (3) is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Branden Jackson (93) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks released nine players to reduce their roster to 80 players, including veterans Branden Jackson and Joey Hunt.

Terminating the contract of Hunt will save Seattle about $2.2 million against the salary cap. 

But it was a bit of a surprising move after Hunt started eight games last season following a season-ending injury to Justin Britt. 

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Seattle added B.J. Finney in free agency and reserve Ethan Pocic also has experience at center.  

Jackson appeared in 15 games last season for Seattle and had two sacks. 

He appeared in 36 games over three seasons for the Seahawks.