He said he would be here.
That was the word from Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, when asked about the absence of veteran defensive end Chris Clemons from the first day of minicamp.
“In communication with Chris, I thought he was coming,” Carroll said. “So this was kind of a late development that he’s not. So I’m a little bit surprised that he’s not here.”
This week’s minicamp is mandatory for all players, and Carroll indicated Clemons’ absence is not excused. Clemons was present for the first week of the team’s offseason workouts, but missed all of the OTAs reporters were allowed to watch.
According to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Clemons can be docked as much as $10,000 for the first day of minicamp he misses, up to $20,000 for the second day and as much as $30,000 for the final day of minicamp.
So Clemons can be fined a total of $60,000 for missing all three days of camp. It’s up to the team whether or not Clemons is fined.
Clemon’s agent Donal Henderson has not returned repeated calls or messages left regarding his client.
Clemons, who turns 31 years old on Oct. 30, is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $4 million in base salary in 2012. He led Seattle in sacks the past two seasons, with 11 sacks each year.
However, the Seahawks drafted defensive end Bruce Irvin at No. 15 overall to serve as Clemons’ eventual replacement.
“We’ve had open communications with the agent and with Chris,” Carroll said. “And we feel like everything’s been on the up and up and very amicable and all that. So it continues to be one of our priorities and we’d love to get him back. But it doesn’t look like he’s going to show up for the rest of the camp.
“He’s got another year on his contract, so we’re talking about future potential stuff. That’s something we’ve had our eye on for some time with him. He’s done a very good job for us for the first couple years with us, and we’re real pleased with his play and his work habits and all that stuff.”
With Clemons out, Irvin continues to get the majority of the reps at defensive end with the first unit.
“He’s doing everything that we thought he would do,” Carroll said about Irvin. “And being very diligent about the work aspect of it and doing a great job.”