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Seahawks spent offseason building dominant, yet inexpensive defense

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) makes a catch for a touchdown around the defense of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell during a National Football League game on Dec. 22, 2013, in Seattle.

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Peyton Manning counts $17.5 million against the Denver Broncos’ salary cap this season. For less than double that, the Seahawks pay for their entire starting defense.
With some expert drafting and a few selective forays into free agency, Seattle built a dominant unit that’s also inexpensive, with the starting 11 costing under $34 million.
It’s a young defense, too, and that’s a major reason it’s so affordable. Of the 18 players who have started at least one game this season, six were drafted by the Seahawks in 2011 or later, which ...


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