Clemens rejects Seahawks extension, to test free agency

Chris Clemons

Veteran defensive end Chris Clemons unexpectedly held out of the Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp.  Come 2013, he could be walking out of Seattle.

Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange reports that Clemons has decided not to sign an extension with the Seahawks, opting instead to become a free agent in 2013.

Per Pasquarelli, the team offered to convert his current deal, which pays a base salary of $4 million in 2012, into a three-year contract with $8 million in 2012, $4.5 million in 2013, and $5.5 million in 2014.  Clemons declined.

Clemons has opted not to participate in the team’s offseason program, giving up a $100,000 workout bonus and, due to his decision to boycott the mandatory minicamp, exposing himself to $63,000 in fines. Read more here…

Seahawks’ Chris Clemons wants new deal, skips minicamp

Chris ClemonsAfter back-to-back 11-sack seasons, it’s not surprising that Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons thinks he’s earned a raise. But it is surprising that he has gone about getting that raise by skipping a mandatory minicamp.

At least, it was surprising to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who said he had no idea Clemons wouldn’t be there today.  Read More…