Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/24/12

The contract extension agreed to on Monday, and likely to be signed Tuesday or Wednesday by Seattle Seahawks' defensive end Chris Clemons, is for three years and worth more than $21 million, The Sports Xchange has confirmed.

Agent Don Henderson confirmed the length of the contract only. Henderson was still reviewing the contract late Tuesday afternoon, and precise details were still being exchanged with Seattle officials, but there appeared to be no major stumbling blocks to the deal becoming official.

Clemons, 30, was entering the final season of a five-year, $12.6 million contract originally signed with Philadelphia in 2008, and was scheduled to earn a base salary of $4 million. Clemons forfeited $1 million of that base salary when he did not attend a mandatory three-day minicamp last month.

The $1 million forfeiture, a loss of $100,000 in an offseason workout bonus and the $70,000-plus in fines that Clemons accrued for his absence from the minicamp will become academic with the new deal. The new three-year deal, through the 2014 season, replaces the final season of the previous contract.

Clemons several weeks ago rejected a three-year, $18 million proposal.

An eight-year veteran, Clemons was acquired by the Seahawks in 2010, along with a fourth-round draft pick, when Seattle sent defensive end Darryl Tapp to the Eagles. In his two seasons with the Seahawks, Clemons has 11 sacks each year, and is one of only six players in the NFL to have at least six sacks each of the past two years. His 22 sacks are the eighth most in the NFL the past two seasons.

After starting only three games total in his first six seasons, and being principally used as a situational pass-rusher, Clemons has started all 32 regular-season contests for the Seahawks.

The former University of Georgia standout entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Washington in 2003. In stints with the Redskins (2003-2005), Oakland (2007), Philadelphia (2008-2009) and Seattle, Clemons, who was out of the league in 2006, has appeared in 100 games and started 35 of them.

He has 117 tackles, 42 sacks, 14 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. The Seahawks, who have not had another double-digit sacker since 2007, or a player register consecutive double-digit sack seasons since end Michael Sinclair 1997-98, are expected to pair Clemons and first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin in obvious passing situations this year.

Before the extension, Clemons had not yet decided if he would attend training camp, which begins on Friday. Without the extension, Clemons would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring.

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