Clemons skipped mandatory minicamp and reportedly rejected a three-year, $18 million extension, but the team doesn't sound overly concerned about the defensive end/linebacker staging a holdout.
Clemons is set to make $4 million in 2012, the final year of his deal, but absorbed $73,000 in fines and forfeited a $100,000 workout bonus for going AWOL during the team's offseason program. If Clemons returns, there's another issue to deal with. PFW reported Clemons, about to turn 31, was nonplussed to see Pete Carroll draft Bruce Irvin, who figures to take over Clemons' grip on the "Leo" (DE/LB hybrid) role.
If there's a positive here, Clemons sounds purely agitated -- and ready to take it out on some hapless soul -- which should keep Alex Smith up at night.
"He already had a chip on his shoulder," the insider said. "He always feels like he has something to prove. With Irvin there, you know Clemons will be motivated."