Jadeveon Clowney is ready to get paid.
The free agent edge rusher reportedly has a wish list of teams he wants to go to, and the New York Giants are on there, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv.
Vacchiano noted that the feeling might not be mutual as Clowney reportedly is seeking a contract of $22 million to $23 million per year.
“According to an NFL source, the Giants are one of the teams on the 27-year-old edge-rusher’s wish list as he heads to free agency,” Vacchiano wrote. “But according to another source, he could be looking at a contract worth $22-23 million per year, which will likely be out of the Giants’ range.”
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan wrote earlier this week that it is “hard to imagine [the Giants are] seriously going to swim in those Clowney waters.”
“The Giants will be looking for edge rushers, inside linebackers and cornerbacks on the free-agent market, and they will start at the top,” Raanan wrote.
“Edge rusher might not work out. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman expects all of the top pass-rushers to be tagged, with the exception of Jadeveon Clowney ‘because of the injuries.’ In reality, Clowney and the Seattle Seahawks struck a deal that has prevented him from being tagged. Still, the Giants are traditionally conservative when it comes to medical concerns. It is hard to imagine they’re seriously going to swim in those Clowney waters, given Gettleman’s comment.”
After being traded by the Houston Texans to the Seattle Seahawks — Clowney registered 31 tackles, 13 quarterback hits and three sacks in 13 games for his new squad.
He very well may end up right back in the AFC South as the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts could use his services and have plenty of cap space to give him what he wants, wrote ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler.
“Clowney could be looking to try to blow the top off the edge rusher market, especially if so many of his fellow free agents are getting franchised, and it’s unlikely Seattle goes to $18 million to $20 million per year for a player who had 3.5 sacks in 2019. The Seahawks value him highly but don’t want to break the bank.
“Two teams that could give Clowney what he wants and pry him from Seattle: the Colts and Titans.”