Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 7/25/12
Northwest Sports Update

A lot of Seattle’s 5dimes odds depends on the status of two players, defensive end Chris Clemons and running back Marshawn Lynch. One half of that duo is in a better place than he was, while the other is waiting to see if he can even play in the season opener.

Actually, Lynch’s troubles are larger than that as he was arrested for a DUI and he has been in trouble with the law before. Those aspiring to be a bookie agent are likely aware that commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t take that lightly and he has suspended Lynch before, which means that he is probably in line for a suspension along with his legal troubles. However, Lynch’s lawyer thinks that he can get the case thrown out as there are different readings for his breathalyzer, so that could be the running back’s get-out-of-jail free card. That being said, Lynch won’t be out of hot water yet as Goodell has suspended players who haven’t actually been convicted of anything. But if you make your team look bad, especially after signing a big-money deal (that could actually be void now because of these legal issues), Goodell will drop the hammer and it’ll be interesting to see if Lynch gets away unscathed. If anything, it’s going to affect the Seahawks’ standing at football betting sites (which you can go to here) for Week 1 as the quarterback situation between Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson hasn’t been sorted out yet.

But the Seahawks did manage to re-sign Clemons after the end was going to hold out. Clemons signed for $4.5 million, which is only $0.5 million than he made last year and the rest of the terms were not announced. Clemons is a huge part of Seattle’s push up the sports betting ladder because of his ability to get to the quarterback as he has racked up 11 sacks in each of the last two years, but he saw Miami’s Cameron Wake get a new deal for having worse numbers and he was also reportedly upset that the Seahawks drafted Bruce Irvin, another rush end who can actually make things easier for Clemons, who won’t see so many double-teams if the rookie pans out. It probably didn’t even make much sense for Clemons to hold out as he could be fined by the team for skipping OTA, which will probably cut into his “raise”. But Clemons eventually relented and signed the deal, although he could feasibly do it again next year if he has a better season than in 2010 or 3011. One thing is for sure: having Clemons back really helps the Seahawks’ NFL betting odds.
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