According to Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons has turned down a three-year, $18 million extension from the team, and intends to play out the end of his contract this season and become an unrestricted free agent in 2013.
Clemons, who turns 31 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.
According to the report, the Seahawks offered Clemons a new, three-year contract through 2014 that would raise this year’s compensation to $8 million, and add two more years, including a base salary of $4.5 million in 2013 and $5.5 million in 2014.
However, a club source close to the situation says that contrary to the report, the Seahawks have not received a formal rejection on any deal, and the two sides continue to negotiate.
This new bit of information is consistent with what Seattle head coach Pete Carroll had to say about the situation on Tuesday, when Clemons failed to show up for mandatory minicamp. Clemons will be fined $73,000 for staying home this week, and also will lose a $100,000 workout bonus.
Along with the mandatory minicamp, Clemons missed most of Seattle’s organized team activities (OTAs).
Clemons’ agent Donal Henderson did not immediately return a phone message left by The News Tribune.
“We’ve had open communications with the agent and with Chris,” Carroll said this week. “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.”
It’s been speculated that Clemons is upset that Seattle drafted his future replacement in selecting West Virginia speedy pass rusher Bruce Irvin with the team’s No. 15 overall pick in this year’s draft.
However, Seattle’s is looking to improve a pass rush that ranked tied for 19th overall in the league with just 33 sacks in 2011, and Carroll believes that the pairing of Irvin and Clemons coming off the edge in passing situations could help boost his team’s sack numbers this season.
“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.”