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July 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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Report: Chris Clemons' minicamp absence carries seven-figure cost

Chris Clemons to lose $1 million for minicamp absence
By Brian McIntyre,

Chris Clemons had to pay for his minicamp absence, but we already knew that. He faced up to $60,000 in fines from the team for his unexcused absence from what was a mandatory activity.

Turns out it was a lot more expensive than that, though. Clemons' 2012 salary is now listed at $3 million, according to the NFL Players Association records. That's down from the $4 million it was at previously.

What happened? Brian McIntyre, who's a great resource on contract details, explained on

"By skipping the mandatory minicamp, Clemons forfeited the $1 million in base-salary escalation, a source with knowledge of his contract said. His performances in 2010 to 2011 triggered the additional money to his 2012 base salary. Instead of earning $4 million this season, Clemons' salary has rolled back to its original $3 million, with an additional $800,000 available in an incentive tied to sacks.

"Knowing that his failure to appear for the minicamp would result in a loss of 2012 income, either through forfeiture or fines, can be taken as a sign of how serious Clemons is about receiving a new contract."
     -- Brian McIntyre,

If nothing else, the fact Clemons is willing to lose 25 percent of his 2012 salary by not attending the minicamp makes it much more questionable whether or not he'll be at training camp.

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