The start of the 2020 NFL season is just days away and Jadeveon Clowney has now officially missed training camp putting his status for the Seattle Seahawks or any other NFL team in doubt for the year.
When asked if Clowney could “pull a Le’Veon Bell,” ESPN 710 Seattle’s John Clayton reported that the pass rusher continues to maintain a $15 million minimum salary to play this season. As you might remember, Bell sat out an entire season while with the Steelers and eventually got paid when he took his talents to the New York Jets.
It appears Clowney may not suit up for the 2020 season.
“As of today, he’s taking the same position, ‘It’s either $15 million or I’m not playing,’” Clayton noted on ESPN 710 Seattle. “And unless he changes that then he’s not playing because no one is going to pay him $15 million, particularly now that you saw [Browns defensive end] Olivier Vernon took a (paycut to $11 million) and you saw that (Ngakoue is making $12 million). I think right now it’s up to him.”
Clayton added that Seahawks would likely be willing to pay Clowney as much as $12 million this season, but if he thought about signing with the Titans, it would be much lower.
“If he goes down to $12 or $11 million, he could be here (in Seattle),” Clayton added. “I could see that happening. …At $11 million, he’s not going to go with Tennessee. They’re probably going to have to take him into the $9 million or $10 million range.”
The Seahawks and Titans remain the favorites to sign the pass rusher. He would have to come down on his price to sign with either of them.
In 2019, Clowney appeared in 13 games for the Seahawks and recorded 31 tackles, three sacks, an interception, two defensive touchdowns, four forced fumbles, two recoveries and three pass defenses.