Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons has informed the team that he will retire, reports the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Clemons, 34, signed a one-tear deal in April with the team, but apparently had a change of heart on his immediate future.
The Georgia product came into the league in 2003, playing for several teams until finding his niche under Pete Carroll’s Seahawks from 2010-2013, where he was the team’s sack leader all three years. A torn ACL and recovery saw a sharp decline in his performance and the team released him to free up salary cap money.
He played two years in Jacksonville before (almost) returning to Seattle.
‘With promising young defensive ends Frank Clark and Cassius Marsh poised for increased playing time behind Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, the veteran wasn’t guaranteed a roster spot coming out of training camp.
Clemons will finish a lengthy career with 69 career sacks over 162 NFL games.’