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Mixed reports on negotiations with Clemons

The Sports Xchange

--According to a report by The Sports Xchange, Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons is closing the door on future talks with the team, electing instead to become an unrestricted agent in 2013.

Clemons reportedly turned down a three-year, $18 million extension from the Seahawks, and intends to play out the end of his contract this season and become an unrestricted free agent in 2013.

Clemons, who turns 31 on Oct. 30, is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $4 million in base salary in 2012. He led Seattle in sacks the past two seasons, with 11 in each.

According to the report, the Seahawks offered Clemons a new, three-year contract through 2014 that would raise this year's compensation to $8 million and add two more years, including base salaries of $4.5 million in 2013 and $5.5 million in 2014.

However, a club source close to the situation contradicted the report, saying the Seahawks have not received a formal rejection on any deal, and the two sides continue to negotiate.

That's consistent with what Seattle coach Pete Carroll recently said about the situation, when Clemons failed to show up for the mandatory minicamp. Clemons will be fined $73,000 for staying home, and also will lose a $100,000 workout bonus.

Along with the mandatory minicamp, Clemons missed most of Seattle's organized team activities (OTAs).

"We've had open communications with the agent and with Chris," Carroll said. "And we feel like everything's been on the up and up and very amicable and all that. So it continues to be one of our priorities and we'd love to get him back."

--Entrenched in a three-way battle for the quarterback job, it's the little things that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson focuses on.

Wilson missed completing a pass by a couple inches during the final day of minicamp last week. But he didn't wait long to correct the mistake, making that throw over and over to the corner of the end zone, with quarterback coach Carl Smith standing by his side.

"I always believe to try and fix things right then and there," he said. "And just focus on it. So that way when you walk off the field I feel like I really accomplished that throw today. I don't want to be going home and thinking, 'Aw, I really missed that throw today.' Now I feel a little bit better about it. I made the completion, whatever it is."

Wilson repeated that scene each day after practice this week at minicamp. He's a player constantly looking to perfect his craft.

Other than a short trip back home to Richmond, Virginia to run a football camp for a few days, Wilson says he plans on staying in Seattle during his off time.

"I'm really excited to just get in here on my own," Wilson said. "Watch my film. Really criticize myself, and figure out the things I'm doing really well, figure out the things I could do better and keep growing from it."

--The Seahawks waived tight end John Nalbone and defensive end Monte Taylor to make room for offensive lineman Edawn Coughman and linebacker Kyle Knox.

Knox, a Fresno State product, was an invited tryout player at the team's final minicamp of the offseason, where he played as an outside linebacker.

Coughman spent the 2011 season with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL, but was released on May 14. He attended Dodge City Community College in Atlanta before transferring to Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., where he earned All-CIAA first-team honors in 2009.

Coughman also arrives with some baggage. He was cut by the Argos after being arrested on a gun possession charge in Montreal in May.

According to the Toronto Star, police in Montreal say a cleaning lady at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel reported seeing a gun on a table in Coughman's room. Later, a SWAT team entered the room and found a loaded gun under the mattress.

CTV Montreal reported that Coughman, 23, told a bail hearing he had bought the gun legally in Georgia and was unaware the law was different in Canada.

Nalbone was claimed by the Cowboys. Taylor was claimed by the Eagles.

"It was true, I did get into (a vegan diet). It helped me keep off a lot of weight. Now I'm into chicken and fish and staying away from red meat. I've adapted to the vegan concept and mixed my cultural identity and the vegan together." -- Seahawks offensive lineman Deuce Lutui, commenting on the reports that he used a vegan diet to trim down to 338 pounds.

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