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Chris Clemons informs Seahawks he plans to retire

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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons is hanging up his cleats after 13 seasons with five different NFL organizations.

Clemons has informed the Seahawks that he intends to retire, NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported, via a source informed of the retirement conversations.

The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract in April to rejoin Seattle, where he starred as the team's sack leader from 2010 through 2013.

Originally undrafted out of Georgia back in 2003, Clemons drifted around the league as a situational player until finding a home as the "elephant" pass rusher coming off the edge in Pete Carroll's defense. He proceeded to reel off three consecutive seasons of double digit sacks, bringing the heat for a historically dominant pass defense.

With promising young defensive ends Frank Clark and Cassius Marsh poised for increased playing time behind Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, the veteran wasn't guaranteed a roster spot coming out of training camp.

Clemons will finish a lengthy career with 69 career sacks over 162 NFL games.

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