The Seattle Seahawks cut Chris Clemons on Wednesday morning (March 12). By choosing to release Clemons, the Seahawks save $9.6 million in salary that can be used to extend a contract to another free agent. According to a report from The Seattle Times, this will create $7.5 million in salary cap savings for the team. It has also been rumored that the team is ready to make a contract offer to either former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher or former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen in the immediate future.
It was a down year in 2013 for Clemons, as he only ended up starting 11 games. He also finished with only 4 1/2 sacks on the season after registering 33 1/2 combined in the previous three seasons. The team had originally required him through a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles that ended up benefiting them quite a bit, but now it looks like the front office is ready to move in a different direction.
The fans of the Seattle Seahawks really enjoyed watching Chris Clemons play on the line and that he racked up so many sacks from 2010-12 really put him on the radar of even the tertiary supporters. Now he will be taking the line for a new franchise in the 2014 NFL season and it could be interesting to see which team he ends up getting contract offers from. At 32 years old he might be heading into the twilight years of his career, so salary expectations will have to be adjusted as well.