First reported by ESPN’s Mike Sando, I confirmed that the Seattle Seahawks have reached agreement on a multi-year deal with defensive end Chris Clemons.
Clemons’ agent, Don Henderson, confirmed the two sides had reached an agreement this afternoon, but did not provide details of the contract.
The 30-year-old defensive end missed most of the team’s offseason workout program, including a mandatory minicamp to show his displeasure over a lack of a contract extension.
Clemons, who led Seattle in sacks the past two years with 11 in 2010 and 2011, was in the final year of his deal, and was scheduled to make $3 million in base salary in 2012.
Because he skipped the mandatory minicamp, Clemons missed out on a $100,000 workout bonus, and could have been fined up to $73,000 by the team.
According to Brian McIntyre of NFL.com, Clemons also suffered a $1 million deceleration in the final year of his deal due to missing the minicamp, meaning he would have made $4 million in base salary had he showed up in June.
But it’s assumed Clemons has recovered that money now that he’s received a contract extension.
Clemons posting 11 sacks in back-to-back seasons is the first time for a Seattle player since Michael Sinclair finished with double-digit sacks of 12.0 and 16.5 in 1997 and 1998.
Getting a deal done with Clemons before training camp was important for Seattle because the University of Georgia product is the team’s only proven pass rusher