In an interview with Jim Moore and Steve Sandmeyer of ESPN 710 Seattle, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that defensive end Chris Clemons is expected to be at the team’s mandatory minicamp next week.
Clemons, who’s in the final year of his contract that will pay him a base salary of $4 million in 2012, is thought to be frustrated that Seattle has not offered to extend his contract, along with drafting Bruce Irvin with the team’s No. 15 overall pick in the draft to serve as his eventual replacement.
“It’s a personal situation for Chris. It’s his decision not participate at this time,” Carroll said. “We have talked to the agent (Donal Henderson). We’ve done some serious talks, but not to the point where he’s ready to jump back in yet.
“I’ve talked to Chris. He’s in good spirits. He’s working out real hard. So it’s something he feels he needs to do at this time. He’ll be in for the minicamp. He told me he’ll be in here, and it’s a mandatory minicamp. So it’s great to get him back in here with the fellas.”
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Clemons was not seen by reporters at the team’s voluntary OTAs that were opened up to the media the past two weeks. The University of Georgia product has led the Seahawks the past two seasons with 11 sacks in 2010 and 2011. Clemons turns 31 on Oct. 30
Carroll also said he does not expect the elimination of two OTA days by the league and the NFL Players Association because of too much contact during practices to affect the team’s three-way quarterback competition.
Carrroll said that Tavaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson have had almost the same amount of reps over the eight days of practice, and no player has jumped out and seized control of the competition.
“They almost have the same numbers as they’ve gone through, so no one has made a move on anybody,” Carroll said.
Dave Mahler of KJR-AM also talked with Carroll, including the circumstances in which the league ended up taking away two OTA practices for violations because of too much contact. Carroll said a report about a fight during practice triggered a closer look at how the team was practicing. Listen to the audio link here.
Brian Banks, recently exonerated on rape and kidnapping charges, was interviewed by Jay Leno of The Tonight show yesterday, which you can check out in the video below. Banks, a former prep standout linebacker recruited by Carroll at USC and other colleges, is expected to tryout for the Seahawks this morning. Banks is scheduled to be made available to reporters after the workout.
You can watch the first part of Banks’ interview with Leno where he talks about the circumstances of his conviction here.
Banks also is putting together a documentary on his story, and you can find out more information about that here.
Carroll talks about Banks coming in for a workout in this video link.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of ESPN 710 Seattle talk with Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable in this audio link.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com checks in with sixth round pick cornerback Jeremy Lane.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports takes a look at the frequency of penalties on the secondary in 2011. Not surprisingly, Seattle was among the top five most penalized units in 2011.