Chris Clemons is one of only a few official holdouts right now, after missing the entirety of last week’s minicamp in protest of his contract. Clemons is owed 4.5 million in the final year of a 5 year deal in 2012, which makes him underpaid considering the 24 sacks, 18 quarterback hits, and 97 quarterback pressures he’s produced over the last 2 seasons.
According to Pro Football Weekly, Clemons is looking for Cameron Wake type money from the Seahawks. Wake received a 4 year extension worth max of 49 million from the Dolphins earlier this offseason, which is significantly more than the 18 million over 3 years that the Seahawks reportedly offered Clemons earlier this week.
Given that, this could be a lengthy holdout as the Seahawks feel Clemons is an aging player and a product of their system, while Clemons feels he’s one of the league’s elite at his position. The Seahawks used a 1st round pick on Bruce Irvin, but would really miss Clemons if he were to hold out into the season or get out of shape because of a lengthy holdout. His 11 sacks were a third of the 33 sacks that the Seahawks managed last season.