Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/20/14

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12: Defensive end Chris Clemons of the Seattle Seahawks encourages the cheering crowd during the NFL season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
My word is stronger than OAK!

Remember this?  ”I got a shelf life of ten years, tops. My next contract’s gotta bring me the dollars that’ll last me and mine a long time. $hit, I’m out of this sport in 5 years.

What’s my family gonna live on? Huh? ”  - Rod Tidwell

Sound familiar?

The Seahawks held their mandatory three-day minicamp last week, and defensive end Chris Clemons was not in attendance.

(Perhaps he was playing his C. C. drinking game)

Not only that, but he has barely been a presence this offseason. Pete Carroll is very invested in Clemons, and has said many times that bringing him back is a “top priority”.

Clemons is due $4 million in 2012, although it has been said that he is seeking a contract extension.

According to a report by the Sports Xchange, Clemons received a new contract through 2014 that would add two more years with a base salary of $4.5 million in 2013 and $5.5 million in 2014.

Help me…help you. Help me, help you!!

The Seahawks have not received a formal rejection on the offer and they continue to negotiate with Clemons.

Clemons has started every game in the last two seasons, accounting 11 sacks each year.

He has been a major presence on Seattle’s defense as he has constantly been the only pass rusher able to constantly get to opposing quarterbacks.

This contract dispute could be a dangerous one because the Seahawks need all the help they can get on the outside of the defensive line.

Don’t worry, he’s not gonna do what you all think, you know, FLIP OUT!

Chris Clemons will be 31 next season. Although this could be a dangerous age for a defensive end, I suspect there is still a lot of talent to be seen.

Clemons has played well the past few seasons and I think it is appropriate for him to consider a new contract with the team.

The market for defensive ends around the league is a steep one.

Although the Seahawks gained a huge upgrade with the pass rush by obtaining Bruce Irvin (The same Irvin who plays for the Redskins!) in the draft a few months ago, they would still need another.

Losing Clemons due to contract dispute does not seem wise for Pete Carroll and the Seattle defense.

There has been an ongoing trend this off-season for players to holdout from camps and offseason activities due to contract disputes.

That is normally seen every year, but the rate of absent players has gone up. Clemons knows he is talented, but he is no superhero.

He needs to finish out his contract and continue to play well.

Tidwell AKA Chris Clemons. When players hit their 30′s, contracts are short-term

If he can have another great season (which is very likely), then he will have even more contract leverage.

The fact that he got Pete Carroll to offer a higher salary is absurd, for he is getting older and still has one year left on his other contract!

And now you want Arizona dollars?

“When players hit their thirties, it is common for the contracts to be more short-term!” (So says Glen Frey)

It makes sense that these players are more susceptible to injuries and fatigue, so why invest in an unstable player.

Like I mentioned before, Clemons should have a lot of gas left in his tank – at least for the next three or four seasons.

He should, however, finish out this next season before making another financial move.

I expect this dispute to resolve with Clemons agreeing to the initial salary raise, or he will finish out his last year.

Expect Clemons to be playing come Week 1 of the regular season.

Whether or not he’s making big sweet dollars, or “the QUAN” we won’t know for a while yet.

Agree? Disagree? Does this contract stalemate remind you of Jerry Maguire at all? Comment below.

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