Why Clemons has plenty of leverage with Seahawks

Jun 13, 2012, 1:50 PM | Updated: 1:54 pm

By 710Sports.com staff

NFL players have to consider the possibility of alienating their teammates when deciding whether or not to hold out for a new contract, right?

Not necessarily according to Danny O’Neil, who covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times and joined “Brock and Salk” on Wednesday to discuss Chris Clemons’ contract-related absence from the team’s mandatory minicamp.

“The resentment comes when a guy gets a big contract over someone whose production has outweighed that guy’s,” O’Neil said before going back nearly a decade to illustrate the point. “Chike Okeafor is a great example. Okeafor was [the Seahawks’] best pass rusher, they signed Grant Wistrom for more money, Wistrom was not as good a player — even once he got here — as Okeafor, and Okeafor was bent out of shape because it was, ‘You paid someone else more money and I was doing a better job at that spot.’

“I don’t think there’s anybody in a locker room that begrudges someone taking a stand and really trying to do what’s best for them.”

In Wednesday’s Wrap Up video, Mike Salk has a few more reasons why Clemons’ decision to hold out makes plenty of sense.

You can download Wednesday’s podcast here.

Related: Brock Huard says Clemons is hurting himself and the Seahawks

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