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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) celebrates in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 43-8. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Clemons released by Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks were able to re-sign Michael Bennett to a much cheaper deal than expected, as he took less money to re-sign with the ‘Hawks than what he would have gotten from the Chicago Bears. It just goes to show you that a great organization and winning can trump money, even when the player in question really wants to get paid after being jobbed in the previous offseason due to an injury. The Seahawks always wanted to keep their elite DE around, and they even released Red Bryant earlier this offseason to help get that deal done. Next up on the re-signing list are wide receiver Golden Tate and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, who is very underrated and becomes more of a priority after Clinton McDonald parlayed his solid 2013 season in Seattle into a big contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It looks like the Seahawks are really gunning to re-sign those two- especially Tate, who has interest from the Detroit Lions- as the NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that the Seahawks have decided to release Chris Clemons, who is 32 and would have made a whopping $7.5 million in 2014 in a contract year.

That’s just far too much money, even for a solid starter like Clemons. Jared Allen would be much cheaper, and he’s definitely in the mix for the Seahawks. Clemons should find work relatively quickly, and the Jacksonville Jaguars look like a nice fit for him on paper.

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