Seahawks likely do not have salary cap space for Jadeveon Clowney
There has been talk about the Seattle Seahawks potentially re-signing Jadeveon Clowney, but there could be a significant impediment. Seattle might just not have the salary cap space to sign him.
Spotrac projects the Seahawks as having $21 million in cap space. However, that does not take into account free agent Bruce Irvin’s contract, which will count for $5.9 million against the cap, according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson.
A reminder that while you've seen the Seahawks listed with $21 million in cap space, that wasn't counting Irvin's deal. And some of the cap room they do have left over is earmarked for things like injury replacements and the practice squad.
— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) May 8, 2020
That only leaves around $15 million in space, and Henderson notes that the team has some of that space left for injury replacements and the practice squad.
All in all, if Clowney is seeking around $20 million or more as has been reported, the likelihood of him taking below $15 million seems unlikely. That is a big reason why a return to Seattle does not look like it will happen.
The 27-year-old only had three sacks in 13 games last season but is still a disruptive force on the field.