Is Chris Clemons angry enough over his contract situation to consider continue sitting out the rest of the summer in Seattle?
“They totally expect him to show up for training camp,” said one team insider of Clemons, who opted to skip the team’s mandatory minicamp and bite the bullet to the tune of $73,000 in fines and a forfeited $100,000 workout bonus. “But they also thought he was going to show up for the mandatory minicamp, and that didn’t happen, so …
“But I really think he’ll show up for camp, whether he’s signed a new deal or not.”
In mid-June, Sports Xchange issued a report that Clemons, who turns 31 on Oct. 30 and is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $4 million in base salary in 2012, turned down a three-year, $18 million extension offer with the intention of becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2013.
There have also been rumors circulating that Clemons was none too happy that the Seahawks spent their first pick on Bruce Irvin, Clemons' likely heir-apparent at the “Leo” position, after becoming the first player in franchise history to record at least 10 sacks in each of his first two seasons with the team.
There could ultimately be an upside, though, with most team sources agreeing that the inherently angry Clemons will probably be more fired up than ever at whatever point he returns to the playing field — a point worth making since he is widely regarded as one of the league’s most relentless performers.
“He already had a chip on his shoulder,” the insider said. “He always feels like he has something to prove. With Irvin there, you know Clemons will be motivated. They make a big deal about the excellent camaraderie on the (defensive) line. It’ll be really interesting to see how Clemons treats Irvin.”
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