SEATTLE (AP) — Defensive end Chris Clemons and the Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms on a multiyear deal that will keep Clemons under contract beyond the 2012 season, his agent confirmed on Monday night.
Clemons’ agent, Donal Henderson, confirmed the agreement in a text message to The Associated Press, but didn’t release any terms. The team had no announcement of Clemons’ deal.
The agreement should settle one of Seattle’s biggest concerns heading into training camp after Clemons’ actions during the spring made it clear he was unhappy with his contract situation. Clemons has been Seattle’s top pass rusher the past two seasons, recording 11 sacks in both 2010 and 2011.
But Clemons was entering the final year of his contract and showed his displeasure by not participating in some offseason team activities and not attending Seattle’s mandatory minicamp in mid-June.
At the time, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the sides had been speaking about a new deal for Clemons. His absence at minicamp was costly, as Clemons lost $1 million that was to be part of his base compensation in 2012.
“I would expect him to show up to camp and be ready. I know he’s worked really hard and he’s conditioning and all of that, but we need to see if there’s going to be some kind of problem with it. I don’t know,” Carroll said in June. “There is no problem on our end. We’ve had good communications with his agent and all of that. He’s stayed in contact enough so that we know what’s going on. We’ll just see what the timing is. I don’t know why he wasn’t here at this camp.”
Clemons, 30, might have also been concerned with Seattle’s decision to draft a possible heir apparent in first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin out of West Virginia. While Irvin lacks some of Clemons’ size, they essential play the same LEO position in the Seahawks’ defensive system. The initial plan was to have Clemons and Irvin play opposite each other in passing situations and give Irvin a chance to learn without immediately being thrust into a starting role.
Clemons was acquired by the Seahawks in a trade with Philadelphia before the 2010 season. After struggling to catch on with the Eagles, Raiders and Redskins, Clemons found a fit playing a unique rush position on Seattle’s defensive line. He has 100 combined tackles, 22 sacks and three forced fumbles in his two seasons with the Seahawks.
“He’s done a very good job for us in the first couple years, and we’re real pleased with his play and his work habit and all that stuff,” Carroll said in June.