Defensive End Chris Clemons Expected To Retire From NFL

Veteran defensive end Chris Clemons, who rejoined the Seahawks this offseason, is expected to retire from the NFL.

Chris Clemons, the veteran defensive end who helped the Seahawks secure their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, is expected to retire from the NFL.

Clemons, 34, agreed to a free-agent contract with the club this offseason after spending the past two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He last played for Seattle in 2013, when he had 4.5 sacks and worked as part of a defensive line rotation that helped the Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Clemons originally joined the Seahawks as part of a draft-day trade with the Eagles in 2010, when Seattle sent defensive end Darryl Tapp to Philadelphia and received Clemons and a fourth-round pick in return. He was set to enter his 13th year in the League, but instead will seemingly finish his career with 69.0 sacks, 38.0 of which came through his four seasons with the Seahawks.

At the defensive end spot, Clemons' expected retirement would leave the Seahawks with last year's starters Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, second-year pro Frank Clark, and a slew of names looking to make an impact in training camp, including Tavaris Barnes, Montese Overton, David Perkins, Ryan Robinson, and DeAngelo Tyson. Cassius Marsh, too, has experience playing defensive end for the Seahawks, but has been in a competition for the strongside linebacker spot vacated this offseason by Bruce Irvin, who signed with the Oakland Raiders in free agency.

Take a look back at the best photos from defensive end Chris Clemons' time with the Seahawks.

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