By Brady Henderson
Leave it to John Schneider, Pete Carroll and the Seahawks to pass up on a big in favor of a relative unknown.
That’s apparently what they’ll do to fill Chris Clemons’ roster spot. The NFL’s website is reporting the Seahawks will sign Patrick Chukwurah after he beat out fellow free-agent defensive ends Ray Edwards, Aaron Maybin and Travis LaBoy in a tryout.
Chukwurah, 33, hasn’t appeared in a regular-season NFL game since 2007 with the Buccaneers. He has nine sacks in seven NFL seasons, including a career-high 4.5 with the Broncos in 2006. Chukwuruh spent two seasons in the UFL, leading the league in sacks both seasons.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Chukwuruh has been working as a personal trainer.
Clemons sustained a torn ACL and meniscus in Sunday’s win over Washington. Rookie Bruce Irvin is expected to assume Clemons’ spot at weakside defensive end when Seattle takes on Atlanta in the divisional round. Chukwuruh could see time as a situational pass rusher, Irvin’s previous role.