Chris Clemons, Defensive End (Seattle Seahawks)
When Chris Clemons was signed by the Eagles on March 1st of 2008, there wasn’t much buzz. The day prior, the team had just finalized a five-year, $57 million contract to bring Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel to Philadelphia. Clemons, who was rewarded with a five-year, $13.5 million deal to play defensive end for former Eagles head coach Andy Reid’s 4-3 scheme, made a positive impression on fans with some highlight reel moments that will be remembered for years.
During Week 17′s “Win and In” scenario against the Dallas Cowboys, better known as “44-6″ (the final score), Clemons recovered a fumble forced on Cowboys quarterback by former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins and returned it for a touchdown to give Philly a 34-3 lead with eleven minutes to play in the third quarter. The second moment came a week later in the Wild Card round of the playoffs when former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson threw an interception to Asante Samuel. Clemons delivered a devastating finishing move of a block, lifting Tarvaris Jackson off of the ground and sending him crashing to the grass as Samuel snuck by for the score.
In a trade with Seattle, Chris Clemons and a 2010 fourth round pick was sent to the Seahawks in exchange for defensive end Darryl Tapp. The fourth round pick ended up turning into DE E.J. Wilson, who spent five months in Seattle and is officially credited with just one tackle in two games. In two seasons with the Eagles, Clemons totaled 25 tackles and seven sacks. He fared much better in Seattle under Pete Carroll’s use of the speed rusher, totaling 115 tackles and 37.5 sacks in his four years with the team to date. Tapp last played for the Eagles in 2012, finishing his three-year tenure with 71 tackles and seven sacks.