Maurice Jones Drew was the most high profile holdout going official today, but it wasn’t the only one. Seahawks’ defensive end Chris Clemons was also a no show at mandatory minicamp today. Clemons is seeking a new deal as he heads into a contract year. He’s owed 4.5 million this season, which is very inexpensive for a player who has emerged as one of the best pass rushers in the league in 2 years with the Seahawks. He has 24 sacks, 18 quarterback hits, and 97 quarterback pressures over that time period.
However, Clemons turns 31 in October so the Seahawks might be wary of giving him the long term deal he wants. They also just used a 1st round pick on a player with a similar skill set at his position, Bruce Irvin. The idea with Irvin was likely for him to serve as a situational player as a rookie and then play a bigger role in his 2nd season with Clemons gone. There’s a very good chance that Clemons won’t get paid and will have to serve the final year of his contract and try to get paid on the open market in 2013 as a 31 year old who has never produced outside of Pete Carroll’s specific system. He doesn’t have much leverage.