The Seattle Seahawks formally announced the team's contract extension with defensive end Chris Clemons this afternoon. Here's the release.
Renton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with defensive end Chris Clemons on a multi-year extension, the team announced this afternoon.
"Pete, myself, and the entire Seahawks family are very pleased to reward a player that has been a consistent difference maker since we acquired him," said General Manager John Schneider.
Seattle acquired Clemons and a 2010 fourth-round draft choice (DE E.J. Wilson) from the Philadelphia Eagles on March 16, 2010 for defensive end Darryl Tapp. He originally signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2003 NFL Draft, spending three seasons in Washington before moving on to Oakland (2007) and Philadelphia (2008-09).
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In two seasons with Seattle, he has started all 32 games and posted career-highs in sacks with 11.0 in each season after posting a combined 20.0 in his first six NFL seasons. His 22.0 sacks since 2010 rank eighth in the NFL and he became the first Seahawks defensive end to record back-to-back double-digit sack seasons since Michael Sinclair in 1997-98.
Clemons has started 35 of 100 career games, with 152 tackles (105 solo), 42.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in his career.