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Hawks formally announce Clemons deal

Post by Eric Williams on July 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm with 13 Comments »
July 24, 2012 4:49 pm

The Seattle Seahawks formally announced the team’s contract extension with defensive end Chris Clemons this afternoon. Here’s the release.

Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with defensive end Chris Clemons on a multi-year extension, the team announced this afternoon.

“Pete, myself, and the entire Seahawks family are very pleased to reward a player that has been a consistent difference maker since we acquired him,” said General Manager John Schneider.

Seattle acquired Clemons and a 2010 fourth-round draft choice (DE E.J. Wilson) from the Philadelphia Eagles on March 16, 2010 for defensive end Darryl Tapp. He originally signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2003 NFL Draft, spending three seasons in Washington before moving on to Oakland (2007) and Philadelphia (2008-09).

In two seasons with Seattle, he has started all 32 games and posted career-highs in sacks with 11.0 in each season after posting a combined 20.0 in his first six NFL seasons. His 22.0 sacks since 2010 rank eighth in the NFL and he became the first Seahawks defensive end to record back-to-back double-digit sack seasons since Michael Sinclair in 1997-98.

Clemons has started 35 of 100 career games, with 152 tackles (105 solo), 42.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in his career.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    NO numbers? Why?

  2. They will come out, in due time. I’m sure it’s something that on the surface makes Clem’s agent look good and when you dig deeper it’ll look like he’s not going to make all that money if he doesn’t perform. I realize the new CBA has made it harder for teams to give Haynesworth money to someone, even though that player will never see it all, but still… I am curious.

  3. 3 years, 21 million. Includes this season. That’s what I’ve heard. Haven’t heard yet how much of that is guaranteed.

  4. Soggybuc says:

    It shouldn’t include much guaranteed money, I like Clem but he was a decent rotation option everywhere else nothing more. Teams that have good talent at end liked him in that role and he did well but was never able to best the first string talents ahead of him.
    In Seattle Clem got more playing time than ever before so his numbers should have gone up. he did well taking advantage of increased playing time but he did not suddenly become an elite talent and wouldn’t start on a team like the Giant’s or the Raven’s

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Rotoworld is also reporting 3 years $21 mil.

  6. Hammajamma says:

    Uncanny, isn’t it?

    You may bow to me, each of you.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Why is that? Did you guess the contract?

  8. I was concerned about Clem potentially holding out, but now that he’s signed its easier to see the team had the upper hand all along. Clem has a lot of value in Carroll’s D, but not a lot of value to most other teams since he’s not a classic DE nor a great fit at OLB in most schemes. That said, he’s a stud in our scheme. I’m glad the team didn’t hesitate to get his contract extended early before he had a chance to hold out.

    Just a few more days and we get to see Clemons, Jones, and Irvin practicing their pass rush moves. Together. Can’t wait.

  9. bbnate420 says:

    If it’s truly 3 years 21 mil, then it’s a fair deal. I think it was actually good that he missed OTA’s and minicamp. Gave Bruce the Noose some extra time at Leo. Still have plenty of time to get used to playing together in TC.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    True bbnate420- Unless your Walter Jones missing OTA’s and minicamp may just help your competition more.

  11. RDPoulsbo says:

    I just hope there’s no guaranteed money here. I’m very skeptical that he’s going to keep at this production level. They don’t need another Wistrom or Fisher mistake.

  12. ryanryan says:

    no guaranteed money? c’mon. As long as the money that is guaranteed is front loaded I will be happy. He hasn’t missed a game in 2 years and he will be relied upon to play most downs once again this year – probably even the next. By the contract’s third year, he will either be released as a cap casualty – or still be relevant and earn his paycheck.


    not that this is new information to any of you.

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