Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons plays DB during minicamp. No, the 260 pounder wasnt playing Defensive Back… I’m talking Douche Bag. Yup, I said it. I’m calling out Chris Clemons, the guy who has led the Hawks in sacks the last 2 seasons. I really like him as a player, he is an asset to our defense and is still very productive (22 sacks over last 2 seasons.) But here is the thing, he still has a year left on his contract and he chose to hold out during ‘mandatory’ minicamp last week. It’s not that uncommon for star football players to hold out going into the final year of their deal to leverage a new contract. But the thing is, Chris Clemons is not a star player, he is good, but far from a star. You’d never hear anyone say ‘I don’t like our chances this week, Clemons is out.’ You don’t see any Clemons jerseys in the beer line at CLink. Wikipedia lists his career highlight as defensive player of the week once in the 2008 season, yay. You get my point, he is good, but he is just a guy. He will be turning 31 this season, so a guaranteed multi-year extension just doesn’t make sense. Lets also not forget that we drafted Bruce Irvin (who plays the same position) in the first round of this years draft, as well as bringing in a free agent that the Hawks have high hopes for in 26-year-old, Jason Jones.
The young, fierce defense is gaining national attention, with Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, and Brandon Browner all making the pro bowl last season and they don’t need the old guy causing waves. The thing that upsets me the most is the multiple, yet unconfirmed, reports on various sites like foxsports and yardbarker, that Clemons rejected a 3 year extension which would double his salary for the upcoming season from $4 million to $8 million. Let me say this, if I call my boss this afternoon and say I’m not coming into work until I get a raise… that wouldn’t end well for me… and if by some miracle my boss said, hey we like you and think you’re important to what we are doing here, we’d like to double your pay… and I turned it down… C’mon man! Are you f’ing serious? You have a signed contract, that you and the team agreed on, that you would play this season for $4million dollars… and because you got all butt hurt about getting old and us drafting Bruce Irvin, or whatever other reason, we throw you a bone and DOUBLE your salary, and that aint enough? Really? I’m sick of this trend of 3 year contracts really being a 2 year contract and a hold out. Pete and John… please… don’t give in! Clemons needs to appreciate the privilege of being a pro athlete while he still can, be gracious in accepting the gift the Hawks offered by doubling his pay, and go earn that big paycheck he wants. If he wants more than $8mil, then put your big boy pants on and go break some fools this year. I want to cheer for players that earn their money, not complain about not getting enough. There is no doubt we could use him, but if he wants to pout, let him go. In fact I would set a precedent and retract the offer to increase his pay. If you dont want to honor your word and your contract, then thanks for coming out and good luck to ya.
The one positive from the holdout is that rookie Bruce Irvin got a ton of extra reps during minicamp. Give your replacement a ton of extra reps to get up to speed faster and a chance to showcase his skills… good plan Chris, you really thought that one through. C’mon back, the 12th man still loves ya, and we’ll forgive you… but know your role.
- DE Chris Clemons absent from Seattle’s minicamp (king5.com)
- DE Chris Clemons absent from Seattle’s minicamp (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- ‘Hawks DE Clemons absent from minicamp (cbssports.com)