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Morning links: Salary bumps for Okung, Lynch and Clemons

Brian McIntyre reports that due to their performances in 2010, offensive tackle Russell Okung, defensive end Chris Clemons and running back Marshawn Lynch triggered escalators for their base salaries for 2011.

According to the report, Okung’s 10 starts as a rookie triggered an escalator that added $500,000 fully guaranteed to his base salary in 2011, and an additional $5 million in fully guaranteed salary to his 2012 salary, so he’ll earn $1.4 million in base salary in the upcoming season and $6.48 million in 2012.

Clemons, who finished with 11 sacks on the year, initially was scheduled to earn $2.3 million in 2011. But his performance in 2010 triggered an $800,000 escalator in his contract, raising his 2011 salary to $3.1 million.

Lynch was set to earn $1.14 in the final year of his rookie contract. However, because he ran for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, Lynch added $1 million to his 2011 base salary, pushing it to $2.14 million.

Could the Seahawks be looking to move up on the draft? According to a report by Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer, Seattle is one of nine teams scheduled a private workout with Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

Clare Farnsworth of highlights linebacker Lofa Tatupu, part of the Seahawks 35th Anniversary team.

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a look at Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb and where he might fit best in the NFC West, with Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle all possible destinations.

Doug Farrar of offers this personnel preview on the Seahawks linebackers’ group.

ESPN’s John Clayton says the Seahawks could be interested in Tampa Bay free agent offensive guard Davin Joseph.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports writes that the possibility of NFL owners having to open their books through litigation is a dream for reporters and a nightmare for the owners. It seems like another week-long extension is in order if the two sides feel like they are making progress in the negotiations.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports writes that money is still the key issue in the negotiations between the owners and players.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network explains how Washington quarterback Jake Locker can improve on his accuracy.