DE Chris Clemons absent from Seattle's minicamp

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Whatever focus there was on the Seattle Seahawks quarterback competition is taking a backseat during this week's minicamp because of the absence of starting defensive end Chris Clemons.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Clemons is holding out from the mandatory team minicamp over what Carroll characterized as concerns about Clemons' future. Carroll was under the impression that Clemons would participate in minicamp after skipping part of the voluntary offseason workouts, but the coach said that changed in recent days.

Clemons has reason to worry about his future. Despite leading Seattle in sacks each of the last two seasons, Clemons is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $4 million and Seattle drafted defensive end Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick in April.