New England Patriots Are Now Being Linked To Jadeveon Clowney

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Jadeveon Clowney has not been in a rush to find a new team after no one would meet his contract demands of over $20 million a year.

The free-agent defensive end is now being linked to a prominent franchise and could very well be seeking to sign a deal with the New England Patriots, according to CLNS’ Evan Lazar.

The Patriots just got a big boost in cap space after settlements with Antonio Brown and the estate of Aaron Hernandez, which now gives them money to spend on current free agents.

CLNS’ Evan Lazar believes that Clowney will sign with New England to prove himself once again, much like what Cam Newton is doing when he signed his 1-year deal.

Here’s what he said:

“Before you tell me to stop dreaming, hear me out. According to some reports, Clowney is looking for a top-of-market deal worth close to $18 million. But he is still unsigned and is starting to give off Cam Newton vibes as someone that might need a “prove it” year to reset his value. Last season, Clowney only managed three sacks in Seattle, a sticking point for many teams in negotiations, and hasn’t developed into the pass rusher that evaluators expected. According to Pro Football Focus, he has never topped 64 quarterback pressures in a season, and the highest pass-rush grade of his career was 79.7.”

Lazar believes that Clowney’s game is perfect for the Patriots defense.

“Clowney’s versatility and stout run defender are perfect fits in Belichick’s scheme. He can line up anywhere on the line of scrimmage, set the edge, and generate pressure at a high rate on stunts and other schemed pressures. Clowney played in a similar system under Romeo Crennel in Houston, and always gave the Pats problems. If they can get him on an incentive-laden deal a la Newton, giving Clowney to Belichick would be unfair to the rest of the league.”

Clowney is arguably one of the best defensive ends in the league and would certainly help the Patriots on defense.