Chris Clemons surprises Seahawks, ditches minicamp
Publicly at least the Seattle Seahawks say they are surprised Chris Clemons did not show for the beginning of the club’s mandatory veteran minicamp on Tuesday.
Clemons was not excused and can be fined $10,000 for skipping out on Day 1, according to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times.
“This was kind of a late development that he's not (here),” coach Pete Carroll said. “So I'm a little bit surprised that he's not here. We've had open communications with the agent, and with Chris, and feel like everything is on the up-and-up and very amicable and all that.”
Open communications would indicate that perhaps the sides have been discussing a new deal for the defensive end. Clemons has racked up 22 sacks over the last two seasons and could be itching for a pay raise. Apparently, Carroll doesn’t think a raise is out of line, either. Clemens is on the books for $4 million this season and his contract and this is the final year of the deal.
“It continues to be one of our priorities," Carroll said. “We'd love to get him back, but it doesn't look like he's going to show up for the rest of the camp.”
Maybe the two sides can find some traction on a contract before training camp opens.
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