The Sports Xchange confirms that Chris Clemons’ new deal for three years is worth more than $21 million, making him one of the higher paid defensive ends in the league. According to the report, the final year in his current contract, in which he forfeited $1 million for missing the mandatory minicamp, is replaced in the new deal. No word yet on how much of the contract is guaranteed.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports predicts the Seahawks will finish 8-8 in 2012 in his NFL season preview.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports says how Matt Flynn performs is one of his 10 burning questions heading into the beginning of training camps this week. “Coach Pete Carroll believes he has the right guy, but he thought the same thing two years ago when he traded for Charlie Whitehurst. I don’t care that Tarvaris Jackson goes into camp taking the first-team reps; he should. He’s the incumbent. But theSeahawks didn’t pay Matt Flynn the big bucks in the hopes that he could wrest the job away from Jackson. They’re sure he can. And he will.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks with fellow defensive end Red Bryant about teammate Clemons signing a new deal. Bryant says he has no concerns about his teammate getting complacent and not playing hard after his new deal. “Clem is underrated,” Bryant said. “But that’s what he fuels off of. But those of us in this locker room, we hold him in high regard and we know what he brings to the table. He’s non-stop, mean, tough.”
Tony Ventrella of Seahawks.com talks with linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. in this video clip.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Seahawks could be too optimistic in their belief that young receivers like Kris Durham and Ricardo Lockette will step up in training camp.
Former Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu will miss the entire season after suffering another torn pectoral injury while working out.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post takes an in-depth look at turnover differential over the past 10 years, and predicts that teams like the San Francisco 49ers that had a +28 turnover differential in 2011 will likely regress in 2012, which means less wins for Seattle’s NFC West rival.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune ranks Seattle No. 23 in preseason power rankings.