Renton, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Seahawks released defensive end Chris Clemons on Wednesday, ending the veteran pass rusher's productive four- year tenure with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in March of 2010, Clemons tallied 11 or more sacks in each of his first three seasons in Seattle. The 32-year-old suffered a torn ACL in the Seahawks' win over Washington in the 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoffs, however, and recorded just 4 1/2 sacks along with 24 tackles in 14 games after returning from the injury.
The move saves the Seahawks $7.5 million for the upcoming season.
Clemons was deemed expendable after the Seahawks' recent re-signing of end Michael Bennett, Seattle's leader with 8 1/2 sacks during the club's march to its first NFL title.
A 10-year veteran who broke into the NFL with Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2003, Clemons has compiled 58 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and 226 tackles over 130 career games with the Redskins, Oakland, Philadelphia and Seattle.