As reported by multiple sources, the Seahawks have finally reached an agreement on a new contract with DE Chris Clemons. The specifics have yet to be released, but we do know that it’s a multi-year deal so Seattle’s leader in sacks for the last two seasons won’t be leaving the northwest anytime soon.
This is great news for the Seahawks, but even better news for Clemons’ bank account. Prior to today’s announcement, Clemons was scheduled to be paid $4 million for 2012, the last season remaining on the five year deal he signed with Philadelphia back in 2008. At least, he was scheduled to make $4 million before he chose to not to attend any of the team’s offseason workouts (including a mandatory mini-camp in early July), thereby activating a clause in his contract that reduced his 2012 salary to $3 million.
Clemons’ contract is just the latest in a series of re-signings this offseason that have gone a long way toward earning the Seahawks a reputation as a team that values production and rewards it accordingly. The shiny new deals signed by Marshawn Lynch and Red Bryant grabbed plenty of headlines, but they weren’t the only ones who got paid. In the last few months, the team has negotiated mutli-year deals with Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson (2 years, $5 mil), special teamer extraordinaire Heath Farwell (3 years, $4.5 mil), and standout backup linemen Breno Giacomini (2 years, $6 mil) and Paul McQuistan (2 years, $4 mil).
But now that Clemons has been squared away, who’s next on John Schneider’s to-do list? Below is a list of every player currently on the Seahawks’ roster who has a contract set to expire at the end of the 2012 season. Several of the names below are free agents coming to camp on one year prove-it deals, and some are simply guys who are almost guaranteed come early September to be on the wrong side of the final roster cuts, but there are some important names on the list, most notably C Max Unger and QB Tarvaris Jackson: