Seahawks cut Ahtyba Rubin after trading for Sheldon Richardson

The Seattle Seahawks released starting defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin on Saturday.

Rubin, 31, started for the Seahawks the past two seasons and was an anchor of the team's run defense.

He received a three-year, $12 million contract in March 2016, but Seattle's addition of Sheldon Richardson may have pushed him out.

With Rubin gone, the defensive line in Seattle's base defense will likely be Cliff Avril, Richardson, Jarran Reed and Michael Bennett. Rubin's release will save the Seahawks $2.2 million against the 2017 salary cap.