BY SPNW Staff 03:26PM 04/01/2016

Seahawks add back Super Bowl vet: DE Clemons

One of the Seahawks’ top players from the their Super Bowl triumph is back. DE Chris Clemons, 34, recently released by Jacksonville, his team of the past two seasons, signed with Seattle Friday.

Clemons started from 2010-13, but was cut after the season to save about $8 million against the cap. He had 38 sacks as a Seahawks starter, but will likely be used as a backup on third-down passing situations, becoming part of the answer in filling in for departed DE Bruce Irvin, along with LB Mike Morgan and DE Cassius Marsh.

Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett return as Seattle’s stating defensive ends.

Because Jacksonville, coached by former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, cut Clemons, his signing won’t cost a compensatory draft pick in 2017.

Clemons came to Seattle in 2010 in a trade with Philadelphia, along with a fourth-round draft choice, for DE Darryl Tapp.  Clemons had 11 sacks during his first season in Seattle, posted another 11 in 2011 and 11.5 in 2012 before finishing 2013 with 4.5, giving him 38 in his four seasons.

Clemons started all 16 games for the Jaguars in 2014, then eight last season.

SEAHAWKS FREE AGENT TRACKER

Unrestricted free agents retained

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary New Deal
Mar 9 Ahtyba Rubin DL 2.6M 3 years, $12M, $5.5M guaranteed
Mar 9 Jeremy Lane CB 660K 4 years, $23M, $11M guaranteed
Mar 10 Jermaine Kearse WR 2.3M 3 years, $13.5M, $6.3M guaranteed
Mar 11 Jon Ryan P 1.5M 4 years, $10M (1M annual raise)
Mar 16 Christine Michael RB 208K 1 year, $725,000 (base $675,000)
Mar 19 Mike Morgan LB 750K Contract details not yet disclosed

Unrestricted free agents lost

Date Player Pos New Team New Deal
Mar 9 Bruce Irvin LB Raiders 5 years, $37M, $19M guaranteed
Mar 9 Brandon Mebane DT Chargers 3 years, $13.5M, $5.5M guaranteed
Mar 9 J.R. Sweezy G Bucs 5 years, $32.5M
Mar 9 Ricardo Lockette WR None Seahawks declined to offer, now FA
Mar 16 Russell Okung LT Broncos 5 years, $53 million

Remaining unrestricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary 2015 Season/Skinny
—– Tarvaris Jackson QB 1.3M 33 in April, mopped up in 4 games
—– Will Tukuafu FB 745K 14 games, 1 touchdown
—– Demarcus Dobbs DE 745K 11 games, no starts
—– Fred Jackson RB 870K 16 games, 2 rec. TDs

Unrestricted free agents added

Date Player Pos. ’15 Team New Deal
Mar 14 Bradley Sowell OL Cardinals 1 year for $1.5M
Mar 14 Sealver Siliga DL Patriots 1 year for $1.4M
Mar 15 J’Marcus Webb OL Raiders 2 years, $6.25M, $2.5M guaranteed
Mar 24 Drew Ferris LS No NFL Details not yet available
April 1 Chris Clemons DE Jax Details not yet available

Restricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary New Deal
Mar 7 Patrick Lewis C 585K Tendered $1.67M
Mar 7 Cooper Helfet TE 510K Tendered $600,000
Mar 9 Alvin Bailey G 585K Received no offer; signed with CLE.
Mar 9 Derrick Coleman FB 585K Seahawks declined to offer, now FA
—– Nick Moody LB 413K 3 games, no starts

Exclusive rights free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary Skinny
Mar 6 Eric Pinkins LB 180K Tendered; agreed March 15
Mar 7 DeShawn Shead DB 660K Tendered $760,000
Mar 8 Marcus Burley CB 510K Tendered $600,000
Mar 8 A.J. Francis DT 6.6K Tendered $600,000, signed
Mar 8 Jesse Williams DT 393K Waived; never played
Mar 9 Steven Terrell CB 600K Tendered
Mar 9 Moh. Seisay CB 333K Tendered

Additional transactions

March 15: Released long snapper Clint Gresham, who had been with the Seahawks since 2010. Gresham had signed a three-year, $2.7 million contract extension a year ago and his release will save $660,000 against the cap in 2016.


YourThoughts

  • 1coolguy

    34 and didn’t do much this past season – wow, sounds like he may not last past camp.

    • Comrade Suge

      Didn’t do much this past season? Sounds like a typical Jaguar’s season.

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    Was Michael Sinclair not available?