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More No-Shows at Training Camp: Seahawks’ Clemons, Steelers’ Wallace

Chris Clemons Absence Surprises Carroll

Starting Seattle Seahawks defensive end was not present at the Seattle Seahawk’s training camp on Tuesday. He is holding out over concerns on his future.

His absence did surprise head coach Pete Carroll. He had thought the player would be there even though he did skip a portion of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts.

Carroll said to the Everett Herald on Tuesday, “In communications with Chris, I thought he was coming, so this is kind of a late development that he’s not. So I’m a little bit surprised that he’s not here.

“We’ve had open communications with the agent and with Chris, and we feel like everything is on the up and up and very amicable. It continues to be one of our priorities and we’d love to get him back, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to show up for the rest of camp.”

Clemons is set to earn $4 million this season, which is the last year of his contract. He may have reason to worry about his future as Seattle may have selected his heir apparent, defensive end Bruce Irvin, as the No. 15 overall in the draft.

On Tuesday, Carroll did address Clemons’ contract. He said, “He’s got another year on his contract, so we’re talking about future potential stuff, and that’s something we’ve had our eye on for some time with him.”

But Mike Wallace’s Absence Was Expected 

No surprise here but Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace was a no-show at the team’s mini-camp on Tuesday. The player is seeking a new contract and has not signed his $2.7 million first-round tender.

According to The Associated Press, Wallace stayed in Louisiana on Tuesday.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Wallace’s absence to AP, “It’s probably short-term misery. Hopefully there will be closure at some point and this will be in our rearview mirror.”

To-date, Wallace has missed all offseason practices but the team can’t fine him for absences from mandatory minicamp practices because he’s not under contract with the team. But they can reduce the $2.7 offer to around $2 million if it remains unsigned prior to Saturday.

The team is interested in signing Wallace; he had two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons but they may pay him less due to salary cap issues.

According to Trib Live, Wallace picked up the team’s playbook in May and has stayed in touch with some teammates.

Steelers quarterback Ben Rolethlisberger said of Wallace, “I’d love to have him here because he’s a great friend and great teammate, but I’m not worried. I know he’s going to get here when it’s right and when they get something done.”

 

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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