Chris Clemons' agent confirmed a deal had been reached between Clemons and the Seahawks, but offered no terms. The deal likely runs through the 2014 season. The team will have no comment or announcement until the contract is official and filed with the league.
Defensive end Chris Clemons has been one of the league’s most productive pass rushers since the Seahawks traded for him two years ago.
On Monday, he bagged something even more valuable than a sack: an agreement on a new contract.
His agent confirmed a deal had been reached between Clemons and the Seahawks, but offered no terms. The deal likely runs through the 2014 season. The team will have no comment or announcement until the contract is official and filed with the league.
But Monday’s agreement ends any remaining uncertainty regarding Clemons’ future after he skipped most of the team’s offseason training, including a mandatory minicamp last month, in pursuit of a new deal.
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Clemons totaled 11 sacks in each of the two seasons since the Seahawks acquired him in a trade from Philadelphia. The 22 sacks are the eighth most for any NFL player over the previous two years. Not bad considering he was acquired along with a fourth-round pick in a trade for defensive end Darryl Tapp, who was a restricted free agent.
Clemons was installed as the starter at defensive end, playing a position termed the “Leo” in Seattle’s defensive scheme. He was a pass-rushing specialist, who utilized his speed off the edge and became a revelation.
In his six NFL seasons prior to arriving in Seattle, Clemons totaled more than four sacks only once. In the past two years, he has exceeded the totals of players like former No. 1 overall pick Chris Long of St. Louis and Trent Cole of Philadelphia.
Clemons had one year remaining on the contract the Seahawks inherited with Philadelphia. He was scheduled to make $4 million in 2012. At least he was until he missed the three-day minicamp in June.
That unexcused absence subjected him to as much as $60,000 in fines in addition to a six-figure workout bonus. More tellingly, the absence reduced his salary to $3 million for 2012, a paycut that was reflected in the records of the NFL Players Association last week.
The fact Clemons would sacrifice salary and subject himself to fines to miss a three-day minicamp demonstrated how serious he was about a new deal, and it also raised the question of whether he would show up on time for training camp.
That’s no longer a question, and his new deal shows the Seahawks see him as part of the future beyond 2012.
Clemons will turn 31 this season, and the Seahawks chose Bruce Irvin in the first round with the hopes of boosting the pass rush. But coach Pete Carroll has stated that Clemons remains part of the team’s long-term plans. The agreement Clemons reached should make sure of that.
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