The Seahawks announced that they have signed defensive end Chris Clemons. The deal is a homecoming of sorts for the 34-year-old who spent 2010-2013 with Seattle.
Clemons will turn 35 in October and wasn’t productive in 2015, but overall he has a history of playing at a high level. His three sacks were his lowest total since he became a starter in 2010, and a major step down from the eight he recorded in his first year in Jacksonville. Pro Football Focus ranked Clemons dead last among 110 qualified edge defenders. In early March, the Jaguars parted ways with Clemons to clear his entire $4MM cap number for 2016 from their books. Jacksonville wasn’t on the hook for any dead money, so the move was something of a no-brainer for them.
Clemons recorded at least 11 sacks in his first three seasons with the Seahawks, but recovery from a torn ACL slowed him down in 2013, resulting in just 4.5 sacks and a -7.7 grade from Pro Football Focus, which placed him 42nd among 52 qualified 4-3 defensive ends.
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