The Seahawks’ first official minicamp started today, without one of their best defensive players: Chris Clemons.
Clemons, who also did not report to the OTAs, is not expected to report to any of the minicamp days according to head coach Pete Carroll. The defensive end, who is set to earn 4.5 million dollars this year, is in the last season of his five year contract he signed in 2008. Undoubtedly, he’s looking for a bigger payday out of the Seahawks after leading the team in both years since his trade from Philadelphia, racking up eleven in each of his seasons in Seattle.
Seattle doesn’t find themselves in the worst possible situation should Clemons continue his holdout into the season; their recent drafting of Bruce Irvin solidified them at the position, should they need to go that route. But, throwing too much at the rookie could hurt his development, as they try to bring him along in the 3rd down role. Their plan is to eventually groom him for Clemons’ spot, but I doubt they’d want to do that this early in his career.
Another option could be re-signing Raheem Brock, who played opposite Clemons last year in obvious passing situations. His is the role Irvin is meant to take over for, but if Clemons isn’t going to be back with the team under his current contract, and they don’t want to give him a new one, a Brock/Irvin combo might be their best option left. It seems like it’s one domino after another for this team, which continues with what seems may be an eternal search for a consistent pass rush.