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Chris Clemons | Defensive Lineman

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/30/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 254
College: Georgia
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Jaguars signed DE Chris Clemons, formerly of the Seahawks, to a four-year, $18 million contract.
Jacksonville will field an all-ex-Seattle end pairing of LE Red Bryant and RE Clemons in 2014. Clemons is a "Leo" outside rusher, a defensive end-outside 'backer hybrid position in the Gus Bradley/Pete Carroll scheme. He shouldn't be relied upon for more than 60 percent or so of the Jaguars' defensive snaps going on age 33, but still has some juice in the tank. Clemons posted 4.5 sacks as an 11-game starter last year, and received positive pass-rush grades from Pro Football Focus. He figures to share time with Andre Branch on the edge. Mar 13 - 10:27 AM

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NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that "if everything goes to plan," the Jaguars will sign DE Chris Clemons to a "multi-year" contract.

After being released by Seattle earlier Wednesday, Clemons is on his way to Jacksonville to visit his old coach Gus Bradley. The two sides should have no issues hammering out a deal, as long as Clemons' knee checks out. Bradley is the big draw for the Jaguars. Clemons has 38 sacks the past four seasons.
Mar 12 - 6:17 PM

Free agent DE Chris Clemons will visit the Jaguars.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, there's "lots of mutual interest there." Clemons played for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley in Seattle, and would keep the 'Hawks-to-Jags pipeline going steady. Clemons turns 33 in October, but still has some pass-rushing juice left in the tank.
Mar 12 - 5:54 PM

Seahawks released DE Chris Clemons.

The move frees up more than $7 million in cap space. Clemons made a successful 2013 return from his 2012 ACL tear, recording 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble across 14 games (11 starts). He "started" over both Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, who will now be leaned upon for more snaps. Clemons is entering his age-33 season, but could still help a team in a pass-rusher rotation. He'll inevitably be linked to ex-Seattle DC Gus Bradley in Jacksonville.
Mar 12 - 12:22 PM

The Florida Times Union would expect the Jaguars to express interest in DE Chris Clemons if he's released by the Seahawks.

Clemons is scheduled to count $9.6 million against the cap in Seattle, and "many think" he'll be released. The 32-year-old recorded just 4.5 sacks last season as he battled his way back from a torn ACL. He racked up 33.5 sacks the previous three seasons. The Jaguars need pass rushers and are expected to release DE Jason Babin. Clemons played for coach Gus Bradley in Seattle.
Mar 4 - 9:25 AM

Seahawks DE Chris Clemons is scheduled to count $9.6 million against the 2014 salary cap.

According to the Seattle Times, "many think" it's almost a certainty that Clemons won't be back. He'll turn 33 in October and never got right following the ACL tear he sustained in January of 2013. The Seahawks need to keep money free so they can re-sign fellow defensive end Michael Bennett.
Feb 5 - 10:37 AM

Seahawks RE Chris Clemons is in danger of missing Week 7 due to a hyperextended elbow.

X-rays were negative -- meaning Clemons doesn't have a long-term injury -- but coach Pete Carroll acknowledged "coming back for next week might be hard." Clemons has been a sub-package player behind Cliff Avril since returning from last year's knee injury. He has two sacks through four appearances.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 09:17:00 PM

Coach Pete Carroll confirmed DE Chris Clemons (knee) will make his season debut Sunday versus Jacksonville.

Seattle's pass rush is going to be absolutely vicious as long as they keep all of their guys healthy. They're also getting Bruce Irvin back in Week 5.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Seahawks DE Chris Clemons (knee) is not expected to return in Week 2.

Clemons fully participated in practice for a second straight day Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday night against the 49ers. "We're just thrilled," coach Pete Carroll said. "Wednesday was the first day, and you could kind of see him knocking off the rust. Friday he was good. He's going to have a real chance in the next couple weeks to get back and play for us."
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 08:54:00 PM

Chris Clemons (ACL) is listed as the starting right end on Seattle's Week 2 depth chart.

Coach Pete Carroll was noncommittal on Clemons' status Monday, while an injured Cliff Avril was listed on last week's depth chart only not to play, but it's still a step in the right direction. If Clemons gets in a full practice on Wednesday, he'll be in line to return against the 49ers.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 07:40:00 PM

Seahawks DE Chris Clemons (knee) has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Panthers.

The good news is Clemons will resume practicing Wednesday, suggesting he may make his 2013 debut in Week 2. Clemons tore his left ACL and meniscus in January's playoffs and was activated from the PUP list on August 31. When Clemons returns, he'll likely be utilized as a sub-package pass rusher.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 07:14:00 PM

Seahawks activated DE Chris Clemons (knee) from the active/PUP list.

Clemons is still highly questionable for Week 1, but the Seahawks clearly believe he'll be ready in fewer than six games, which is what reserve/PUP would have cost him. It's excellent news for a Seattle pass rush that's really hurting due to injury and suspension. Clemons has notched at least 11 sacks three straight seasons.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 05:05:00 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes DE Chris Clemons (knee) still has a chance to be ready for Week 1.

Clemons is on the PUP list after tearing up his knee (ACL, meniscus) in the Seahawks' Wild Card win over the Redskins, but has been progressing on schedule. Activating Clemons for Week 1 would be an aggressive move, but aggressive moves are the norm under Carroll and GM John Schneider.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 09:27:00 PM

Seahawks DE Chris Clemons believes he'll be ready for the regular season opener Sept. 8 at Carolina.

Clemons suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee in the playoffs, and had surgery in January. Most ACL injuries need 9-12 months of recovery, and Clemons will only be six months removed from surgery when training camp starts July 25. It's a positive sign that Clemons appears to be ahead of schedule, but we still doubt he'll be cleared to play by Seattle's opener.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 09:51:00 AM

Speaking Wednesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said DE Chris Clemons (torn ACL) is "well ahead of schedule," and "does have a shot at being back" by Week 1.

Clemons is certain to begin camp on the active/PUP list after tearing up his knee in the Seahawks' Wild Card win over the Redskins, but has supposedly been ahead of schedule all offseason. Clemons' return has taken on increased importance after Bruce Irvin was slapped with a four-game PED ban. We'd still guess Clemons spends the first six games of the season on reserve/PUP.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 04:51:00 PM

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