The Seattle Seahawks’ trade for Jamal Adams will have significant ramifications around the league, and it will likely matter to one free agent in particular.
Pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney remains on the market, and he’s been heavily linked to a return to the Seahawks. In fact, it was noted recently that the longer things go and the more teams drop out as suitors, the more likely it was that Clowney would end up back in Seattle.
That appears to be off the table now. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Seahawks’ deal for Adams “all but closes [the] book” on Clowney’s return.
The Seahawks were already tight on cap space, and while the Adams trade doesn’t hurt them in 2020, it seems likely they’ll try to extend the safety at some point. That won’t be a cheap deal. The Seahawks would probably have to get creative to bring Clowney back for one year, and multiple years seem off the table at this point.
Clowney reportedly has an offer from another team out west. Unless something develops during training camp, that may be his only realistic possibility at this point.
Jadeveon Clowney still remains unsigned, but one notable team has officially entered the sweepstakes.
Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan reported this week that the Las Vegas Raiders have made an offer to the free agent defensive end. Lammey does note though that two or three teams have better offers for Clowney and that owner Mark Davis and GM Mike Mayock are standing pat despite coach Jon Gruden’s desire for the Raiders to up their offer.
Clowney, the three-time Pro Bowler, continues to hold out for a contract that he deems to be acceptable. He is 27 years old and coming off a 2019 season where he recorded 31 combined tackles and 3.0 sacks in 13 games.
The former No. 1 overall pick appears to want to go to a contending situation. The Raiders have yet to make the playoffs in the Gruden era, so they probably won’t cut it for Clowney if their offer stays where it is currently.
Are the Seattle Seahawks the likely landing spot for Jadeveon Clowney in 2020? One reporter believes so.
Seattle Times Seahawks reporter Bob Condotta answered fan questions for a mailbag column he published on Tuesday. The first question he addressed had to do with whether Clowney would return to the team.
Condotta noted that the Cleveland Browns guaranteed the salary for Olivier Vernon, which likely takes them out of the running for Clowney. The Browns reportedly have had the highest offer for Clowney.
Condotta figures that the odds are “likely increasing he plays another year in Seattle with every other option that falls through.”
The thinking is that Clowney might feel comfortable returning to the team he played for last season and reentering free agency after the year. On Monday, a report said an AFC team had interest in signing Clowney, but it’s unclear whether that is feasible.
Clowney had 31 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception in 13 games last season for Seattle.
Jadeveon Clowney remains unsigned despite interest from teams, and now we know of at least one head coach who would love to have him.
Cecil Lammey of 1043TheFan.com reported on Monday that the Raiders are one of several teams that have made Clowney an offer, though other teams have offered more money.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden apparently wants to sign Clowney badly and is trying to get Las Vegas to up their offer.
Clowney has talked with multiple teams and even is said to have one outstanding offer. Thus far, he has chosen not to sign. It’s unclear whether it’s a matter of money, the right team/fit, or something else, but we still expect Clowney to sign at some point.
The 27-year-old had 31 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception in 13 games last season and remains a disruptive force on the field.
The 2020 free agency frenzy has long since passed in the NFL, with things slowing to an even more unusual crawl thanks in part to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, with the NFL set on opening training camps on schedule, we will likely see a run on remaining free agents in the coming weeks. And the good news for teams is that there are still plenty of quality — and in some cases, game-changing — players available for the picking.
Here’s a look at five current free agents who are likely to sign before training camps open.
Free agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney has yet to find an offer that he deems suitable, and training camp is set to begin for most NFL teams in a month. One possible explanation for that is that the former first overall pick is hoping for a call from two teams in particular.
Tony Pauline of ProFootballNetwork.com reported on his podcast this week that Clowney has two teams at the top of his wish list — the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints.
“The team that immediately comes to mind is the Tennessee Titans, but I was told that two teams on top of Clowney’s list, as far as where he would like to wind up, are the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints. And he would definitely help both of those teams,” Pauline said, as transcribed by Dan Lyons of The Spun.
Neither team has much salary cap space at the moment, however. Teams always find ways to get around that if they really want a player, though there has been no indication that the Saints or Cowboys have shown serious interest in Clowney. Though, Clowney may be willing to take less than market value, as Pauline added that he would be content signing a one-year deal with a playoff contender.
“What I’m told is right now, by people in his camp, is that Clowney would be just as happy signing a one-year deal with a playoff-contending team, versus signing a three-year deal with a middle-of-the-road franchise,” Pauline said. “If he can get a decent one-year deal from a team that was in the playoffs, a team that he could help take to the next level … I’m told he would be very happy to do that.”
The Titans have been openly interested in Clowney, and they are certainly a playoff contender after reaching the AFC Championship Game last year. At least one other team has aggressively pursued Clowney, though the interest doesn’t appear to be mutual.
Clowney is just 27, but he missed several games last year with a core muscle injury and is coming off surgery. He recorded just three sacks in 13 games with the Seattle Seahawks in 2019.
Jadeveon Clowney seems only modestly interested in playing for the Cleveland Browns, but the Browns are certainly still interested in him.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, the Browns have not given up on trying to land Clowney as a free agent. The organization is aware that not only is Clowney still available, but his opportunities elsewhere seem to be growing increasingly limited.
It is a question of how much Clowney wants to play for the Browns. It’s been reported that Cleveland has the highest offer for Clowney, but for whatever reason, the pass rusher has not taken it. Cleveland’s persistence makes sense — if they believe the rest of Clowney’s market is going to evaporate, the Browns may end up being his only feasible option.
Clowney is coming off a down season that saw him collect just three sacks. Injury concerns have also played a role in limiting his suitors.
One team continues to signal that it’s more interested than most in free agent pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney.
Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson said Thursday that he believes his team would be a good fit for Clowney, but the two sides have not had any recent talks.
“No conversations of recent,” Robinson said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. “I think we’re going to continue to monitor it and see.
“I know he wants to play. I think we would be a pretty good fit for him. There was some mutual interest there when we started the discussions, but I would say that really hasn’t grown legs since we spoke last.”
Most teams are taking a wait-and-see approach with Clowney. The defensive lineman has had multiple offers, and they’ve reportedly been fairly lucrative, but he has not taken them. For now, he seems content to keep waiting, and the Titans are happy to keep watching.
Jadeveon Clowney has turned down a lot of money to remain a free agent.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk said in an appearance on 106.7 The Fan’s “Chad Dukes vs. The World” that Clowney has turned down offers from the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns, and neither was particularly cheap.
“My understanding is the Seahawks have been in the range of $15 million on a one-year deal for Jadeveon Clowney,” Florio said, via Garrett Stepien of 247 Sports. “The Seahawks have been led to believe that the Browns offered 18 (million), and he has yet to take that.
“I don’t know what he wants. With him, it comes down to getting a number that he’s happy with.”
This fits with what we’ve heard previously about the Browns being Clowney’s most aggressive suitor, but the pass rusher simply isn’t taking their offer.
It’s not clear what Clowney wants. He’s coming off a season in which he had injury concerns and collected just three sacks. Yes, he is in his prime, but he’s certainly not a free agent while his value is at its highest. Perhaps he doesn’t like the one-year deal. Regardless, he clearly views himself as an elite commodity. He may be right, but that’s not how teams are reacting so far.
Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan is willing to be a little bit self-deprecating in a bid to get Jadeveon Clowney to become his teammate.
Lewan decided to try to recruit Clowney to the Titans by reminding the free agent pass rusher of one of the plays that helped make him famous in college — a play that came at the expense of Lewan’s Michigan Wolverines.
This was probably a tough play to forget if you were an offensive lineman, especially because of how badly Michigan running back Vincent Smith got blown up here. That hit made Clowney a star, and a year later he went first overall in the NFL Draft.
The bad news for Lewan? Clowney looks content to take his time, and nothing is close with the Titans or anyone else.