The Crickets, The Bobby Fuller Four and The Clash all sang the perils of fighting the law. The law won.
Chris Clemons took on Pete Caroll and John Schneider and met a similar end.
Clemons enters the 2012 season in the last year of a contract he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a struggling linebacker/defensive end. The five-year, $12.6 million contract was appropriate for a player that had never recorded more than 20 tackles in a season and had just 13.0 sacks in his first three years.
After notching just 26 tackles and 7.0 sacks in two seasons for the Eagles, Clemons was a throw-in when they sent a fourth-round pick to Seattle for Darryl Tapp.
Clemons performed as expected in Carroll's Leo defensive end position. He recorded 11.0 sacks in his first two seasons and felt he was due for an increase over his $4.5 million 2012 salary.
Fox Sports reported that the Sports Exchange found out what the Seahawks offered Clemons. He turned down a deal that would have paid him $8 million in 2012 and up to an additional $10 million over the following two seasons.
Clemons is expected to play out the final year of his contract and then test the free agent waters for a 31-year-old defensive end that has only had success in a system-based role.
There is a very chance another team will offer him a contract in the neighborhood of the 34-year-old John Abraham, who re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons on a three-year deal. But he only received $16.7 million over three years.
Robert Mathis is the same age and similar size to Clemons, and has logged 30.0 sacks over the last three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He was given $36 million over four years, a contract Clemons will likely be seeking.
The problem is Mathis has excelled and continually produced in a traditional 4-3 set. Clemons hasn't.
The Seahawks are the real winner here.
They will get a hungry Clemons on the field needing to prove he is deserving of a big contract, and they get him at a relative bargain rate. Should he continue to produce they can bid for his services...if they don't have another option waiting to take over for him.